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Black Sabbath – God Is Dead lyrics

Lost in the darkness
I fade from the light
Faith of my father, my brother, my Maker and Savior
Help me make it through the night
Blood on my conscience
And murder in mind
Out of the gloom I rise up from my tomb into impending doom
Now my body is my shrine

The blood runs free
The rain turns red
Give me the wine
You keep the bread
The voices echo in my head
Is God alive or is God dead?
Is God dead?

Rivers of evil
Run through dying land
Swimming in sorrow, they kill, steal, and borrow. There is no tomorrow
For the sinners will be damned
Ashes to ashes
You cannot exhume a soul
Who do you trust when corruption and lust, creed of all the unjust,
Leaves you empty and unwhole?

When will this nightmare be over? Tell me!
When can I empty my head?
Will someone tell me the answer?
Is God really dead?
Is God really dead?

To safeguard my philosophy
Until my dying breath
I transfer from reality
Into a living death
I empathize with enemies
Until the timing’s right
With God and Satan at my side
From darkness will come light

I watch the rain
As it turns red
Give me more wine
I don’t need bread
These riddles that live in my head
I don’t believe that God is dead
God is dead

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
Wondering if we will meet again
On the other side
Do you believe a word
What the Good Book said?
Or is it just a holy fairytale
And God is dead?
God is Dead x4


But still the voices in my head
Are telling me that god is dead
The blood pours down
The rain turns red
I don’t believe that God is dead
God is Dead x4

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    Jeff Marsland
    @ Steve It is a popular misconception that Sabbath was Satanic but most of their songs are like this one, they appear to be anti God but if you read the lyrics they are actually telling the listener to change their ways or go to hell in the end. My father was a pastor when I was young and first started listening to Sabbath, I had to prove to him that they werent like Slayer ect. But after reading the lyrics of their songs he agreed that they were actually pro God. If in an unconventional way.
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    Cameron S Speaker
    Lol@Ryan Crawcour. Ummm. Ryan did you happen to see the question mark after the words "God is Dead?"? Talk about missing the point. Hello? The point is. Ozzy is talking about the nighmare that is the world we live in, and considering all the violence, temptation and hatred in it, then how can it be like this if God truly exists. Yet even tho the evil does exist, God is not Dead, he is here to give us all refuge from the evil that is this world. Something like that.
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    Nick Zeman
    I'd like to see a song written about the God of the extremists fanatical Jihadist Islamic terrorists who have wreaked havoc once again and have no right to be in our country! Like they were led to believe that by flying planes into the World Trade Centers and giving up their lives they were going to be rewarded 70 virgins. And these two terrorists who bombed the Boston Marathon were poisoned by right wing Islam thinking they were going to get rewarded. A song like Metallica's The God That Failed would apply here! And they've tried to force people to convert to Islam. I guess a good title of a song could be "Your God That Failed".
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    I believe that this is the meaning of the song:
    A priest has lost faith in his religion because he found out that his church is corrupt, so he leaves and falls into an alcoholic slump, during which he wishes for the corruption of the church to go and believes the entire world is corrupt and dying. During this, he quotes Frederich Nietzsche's "God Is Dead" and believes God is truly dead or corrupt as a way of coping with the fact that the god he believes in is beyond human comprehension, and decides that he will become a Satanist because he "understands" why he abandoned God. However, a small part of him still insists that God is alive and benevolent so we should just give him time, and thus our priest is confused because his life has lost all sense, because if God was benign he wouldn't let people suffer this much. The whole crux of this song is him understandably struggling with either accepting God, denying God, or if he should just live in his fantasies and not truly do anything about it. Then again, this is just my opinion on a man's crisis of faith.

    Nilay Agarwal.
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    The Gloominati
    Ozzy called in to Zane Lowe's bbc show and had this to say about the song, "How I got that title was I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead,' and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion," explained Osbourne.
    "When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God?
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