Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Meaning of the song
"The lyrics to 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' were about the Sabbath experience, the ups and downs, the good times and bad times, the rip-offs, the business side of it all. 'Bog blast all of you' was directed at the critics, the record business in general, the lawyers, the accountants, management and everyone who was trying to cash in on us. It was a backs-to-the-wall rant at everyone."
The band had been feeling quite pressured by legal entanglements with managers and former managers, and Tony Iommi had writer's block. The band rented the supposedly haunted Clearwell Castle in hopes that the change of scenery would give them a vibe and shake some songs loose. Apparently it worked; on their very first day there Iommi wrote the riff to "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath."
"The riff of 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' was the benchmark for that album. It was a heavy riff, then the song went into a light bit in the middle, and then back to the riff again: the light and shade I'm always looking for. Ozzy sang very well on it, actually on all of the songs on the album. Very high!"
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Lyrics
You seen right through distorted lies You know you have to learn The execution of your mind You really had to turn The race is run the book is read The end begins to show The truth is out, the lies are old But you don't want to know Nobody will ever let you know When you ask the reasons why They just tell you that you're on your own Fill your head all full of lies The people who have crippled you You want to see them burn The gates of life have closed on you And there's just no return You're wishing that the hands of doom Could take your mind away And you don't care if you don't see again The light of day Nobody will ever let you know When you ask the reasons why They just tell you that you're on your own Fill your head all full of lies You bastard Where can you run to What more can you do No more tomorrow Life is killing you Dreams turn to nightmares Heaven turns to hell Burned out confusion Nothing more to tell Everything around you What's it coming to God knows as your dognose Bog blast all of you Sabbath bloody sabbath Nothing more to do Living just for dying Dying just for you