Black Sabbath: “Children of the Grave”

ALBUM: Master of Reality

YEAR: 1971

WRITERS: Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Ward

A single from Sabbath’s third album that didn’t chart, but found a home on rock radio.

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler wrote the lyrics for the band’s classic “Children of the Grave” and Ozzy Osbourne sang them. Butler tells what they were about and Ozzy explains why they left him perplexed at the time, but not now.

Geezer Butler on what his lyrics to “Children of the Grave” were about and Ozzy Osbourne on not getting what Geezer was writing about at the time. OC:…singing lyrics. :18

Butler: “It was about pollution and climate change and all that.”

Osbourne: “The irony is when we were doing all that years ago, now it’s being talked about 40 years or 45 years later. It’s kind of interesting that Geezer was tuned into what really was going on, where I, sometimes I’d go, ‘What am I singing this for?’ I couldn’t understand what he was on about, I was just singing lyrics.”

The third Black Sabbath album, Master of Reality, was released 45 years ago today (July 21st).


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