Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (song)

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"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
B-side Changes
Released 1 December 1973 (UK)
January 1974 (US)
Recorded 1973
Length 5:45
Label Castle (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Writer(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Tomorrow's Dream"
"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
"Am I Going Insane (Radio)"

"Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath. It is the title track of the band's fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. It was released on the album in 1973. The song is the opening track on the album.

The main riff in the song has been recognized as "the riff that saved Black Sabbath"[1] because Tony Iommi, who wrote most of the band's music, was suffering from writer's block at the time.[2][3] They resorted to drastic measures (including renting out the supposedly haunted Clearwell Castle to live in) to inspire him.[2][3]

The song has been dropped from Black Sabbath's sets. It was rarely played live in the 1970s, and when the band reunited they only performed the first half in completion, with Ozzy dropping out of the song and not singing the final two verses. By the year 2000, it was dropped from their set entirely, until it emerged a few years later when the band played the riff a few times as an introduction to "Paranoid". It continued as the introduction to "Paranoid" for every show of their 2012–2014 Reunion Tour.



  1. ^ "Julian Cope presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b Gulla, Bob (2009). Guitar gods : the 25 players who made rock history. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. p. 138. ISBN 0313358060. 
  3. ^ a b Lammers, Tony Iommi with T.J. (2012). Iron man : my journey through heaven and hell with Black Sabbath (1st Da Capo Press pbk. ed.). Boston, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306821451. 

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