MUSIC BREAK: Black Sabbath – War Pigs

We should really revisit some of the original rock songs by some of the biggest bands like Black Sabbath from the 1970s.  I’ve discovered that a lot of their songs were not what most thought, originally.  I was told they were Satanists and devil worshippers.  I don’t know if that was true or not, but this one song, War Pigs, in particular was a worthy endeavor.  The lyrics especially have significant meaning in our war torn world today.

War Pigs are the people who start wars such as politicians, the CIA, and Bankers. In the song Generals gathered in there masses, just like witches at Black Masses is talking about how evil the people are who start wars. This is a song about Vietnam and how it was purely for profit and was fought by the poor man.  The last verse pretty explicitly indicates that the initiators of war will one day have to answer to a higher calling.

The same could be said for the vile injustices the U.S. and its allies have done to Iraq.

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Tidbit – Ozzy Osbourne is not a Jew.  He may be married to one now and have Jewish children but that still does not make him one of the chosen.

Lyrics: seems that Ozzy put in a few more lyrics in this particular concert than I’m able to locate.  My Black Sabbath album does not contain these additional lyrics.  Maybe you guys can figure out what else he’s saying in the song. 

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses

In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning

Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerer of death’s construction

Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds

Oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’til their judgement day comes
Yeah!

Now in darkness world stops turning
Ashes where the bodies burning
No more war pigs at the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees the war pig’s crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings
oh lord yeah!

Songwriters
F. IOMMI, W. WARD, T. BUTLER, J. OSBOURNE

One thought on “MUSIC BREAK: Black Sabbath – War Pigs

  1. W.W. a music break is a good thing.
    After their first four albums I didn’t listen to Black Sabbath much. It seems that many bands started out with great songs that didn’t go along with the “sex and drugs” push that Hollywood wants, and they will change their style to stay on top. Grand Funk sure changed.

    My favorite antiBEAST song could have been written last year. It is FROM 1969 STEPPENWOLF

    “Monster”

    Once the religious, the hunted and weary
    Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
    Came to this country to build a new vision
    Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
    Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
    Later some got slaves to gather riches

    But still from near and far to seek America
    They came by thousands to court the wild
    And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
    To be their spirit and guiding light

    And though the past has it’s share of injustice
    Kind was the spirit in many a way
    But it’s protectors and friends have been sleeping
    Now it’s a monster and will not obey

    The spirit was freedom and justice
    And it’s keepers seem generous and kind
    It’s leaders were supposed to serve the country
    But now they won’t pay it no mind
    ‘Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
    And now their vote is a meaningless joke
    They babble about law and order

    But it’s all just an echo of what they’ve been told
    Yeah, there’s a monster on the loose
    It’s got our heads into a noose
    And it just sits there watchin’

    Our cities have turned into jungles
    And corruption is stranglin’ the land
    The police force is watching the people
    And the people just can’t understand
    We don’t know how to mind our own business
    ‘Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
    Now we are fighting a war over there
    No matter who’s the winner
    We can’t pay the cost
    ‘Cause there’s a monster on the loose
    It’s got our heads into a noose
    And it just sits there watching

    America where are you now?
    Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
    Don’t you know we need you now
    We can’t fight alone against the monster

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    Another good song is Grand Funk Railroad “FREEDOM is for Children”
    from their 1972 album “Phoenix”

    And a really deep song, “THICK AS A BRICK”- Jethro Tull
    ”Let me help you pick up your dead as the sins of the father are fed with the blood of the fools”

    Thanks for the break W.W.

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