#DidYouKnow vocalist Ozzy Osbourne’s reaction to hearing the main riff for “Iron Man” was that it sounded “ like a big iron bloke walking about”. Bassist Geezer Butler gave the song it’s title and wrote lyrics about a man who time travels into the future, and sees the apocalypse. In the process of returning to the present, he is turned into steel by a magnetic storm. He is rendered mute, unable verbally to warn people of his vision of impending destruction. His attempts to communicate are ignored and mocked. This causes Iron Man to become furious, and drives his revenge on mankind, causing the apocalypse seen in his vision, alluding to Joseph Stalin (whose surname literally means "Man of Steel”). .
Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind
People think I'm insane because I am frowning all the time
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind if I don't find something to pacify
Can you help me, occupy my brain?
I need someone to show me the things in life that I can't find
I can't see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind
Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel and love to me is so unreal
And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it's too late.
“Headless Cross” is 30 years old today. One of those BLACK SABBATH albums from the time before the revival of the whole Sabbath legacy (and Hard rock/Metal in general). I always respected Tony Iommi for keeping it going through the lean years, a true musician. Some great tunes on this LP too, in my opinion. Fun fact: my first LP with Carcass was recorded at the same studio 3 years after they did “Headless Cross”, Amazon Studios outside Liverpool, UK. The 21 year old me loved hearing the stories about Iommi and Cozy’s recording techniques and their addiction to the hottest Indian curries. That’s what it’s like being a Sabbath fan I guess! 🤷🏻♂️ Now let’s give this one a spin!
“You're searching for your mind don't know where to start
Can't find the key to fit the lock on your heart
You think you know but you are never quite sure
Your soul is ill but you will not find a cure yeah
Your world was made for you by someone above
But you chose evil ways instead of love
You made me master of the world where you exist
The soul I took from you was not even missed yeah
Lord of this world
Lord of this world
He's your confessor now
You think you're innocent you've nothing to fear
You don't know me you say, but isn't it clear?
You turn to me in all your worldly greed and pride
But will you turn to me when it's your turn to die, yeah”
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