Song-Lyric Sunday Part 1
There are countless songs about the social issues that face this world everyday. That is why I couldn’t resist featuring two songs for this week’s Song-Lyric Sunday, which is split into two separate posts. Go here to read Part 2. The theme is “songs of protest.”
The 60s and 70s were dominated by songs protesting the war in Vietnam and the fight for human rights during the Civil Rights Movement; songs like Ohio by Crosby, Still, and Nash, Fortunate Son by John Fogerty, and John Lennon’s Imagine, just to name a few.
Heavy Metal music has also delved on subjects such as drugs, homelessness, racial injustice, and war. Black Sabbath paved the way with their anti-war song War Pigs, from their 1970 album Paranoid.
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of death’s construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
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 them they are powered minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait ’til their Judgement Day comes,
Now in darkness, world stops turning
Ashes where their bodies burning
No more war pigs have the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of Judgement, God is calling
On their knees the war pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings
Oh, Lord yeah!
Lyrics from DarkLyrics.com
Black Sabbath are:
Ozzy Osbourne: Vocals
Tony Iommi: Lead Guitar
Terry “Geezer” Butler: Bass Guitar
Bill Ward: Drums