Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (, are very close to our vision of an ecological society

22 August, 2007

Black Sabbath: War Pigs, Electric funeral, album: Paranoid 1970

War Pigs

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 on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait 'till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning
As the war machine keeps burning
No more war pigs of the power
Hand of god has sturck 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

Electric Funeral

Reflex in the sky
warn you you're gonna die
Storm coming, you'd better hide
from the atomic tide

Flashes in the sky
turns houses into sties
Turns people into clay,
radiation minds decay

Robot minds of robot slaves
lead them to atomic rage
Plastic flowers, melting sun,
fading moon falls upon

Dying world of radiation,
victims of mad frustration
Burning globe of oxyn fire,
like electric funeral pyre

Buildings crashing down
to a cracking ground
Rivers turn to wood,
ice melting to flood

Earth lies in death bed,
clouds cry water dead
Tearing life away,
here's the burning pay

Electric Funeral
Electric Funeral
Electric Funeral

And so in the sky
shines the electric eye
Supernatural king
takes earth under his wing

Heaven's golden chorus sings,
Hell's angels flap their wings
Evil souls fall to Hell,
ever trapped in burning cells!

These songs are similar in their narrative and thematical structure. War Pigs refers to the war in general with strong description of scenes and the mind corruption of the people who were left themselves to be treated like pawns in chess by generals and politicians. Electric Funeral refers to a nuclear warfare where the atomic menace is broken loose and the massive destruction was described with very powerful words as scenes. There is also reference to corrupted and robot-acting minds. In both songs, in the end a salvation comes afterdeath as God, speeds the Judgement Day and condemns the evil responsibles to eternal Hell.

Despite it’s naive revelation end as we also have noticed in previous song-lyrics of the 60s, both songs are still classic in anti-war movements because of their powerful descriptions and their truths that are present anytime in human history: the mind-control, the consent and the submission to the commands of generals and politicians.

you can hear these songs in you tube:

Electric Funeral

War Pigs


aigaiopelagitis said...

Black Sabbath were influenced initially by the psychedelic scene of the 1960ies and the anti-war movement, but on the same time they wanted to move away from superficially happy pop songs that were begining to be prevalent by the end of the decade.

We read in wikipedia that:
Early versions of Black Sabbath merged elements of blues, jazz, and rock and paid their dues playing cover versions of songs by heavy rock acts including Jimi Hendrix, Blue Cheer, and Cream. Osbourne says he was deeply influenced by The Beatles and his favourite album of all time is Revolver
The band began to purposely write dark, ominous songs in an attempt to be music's answer to horror films, and in rebellion against the prevalent happy pop music of the 1960s. In a VH1 documentary about the band, Ozzy Osbourne recalled the laughable lyrics of radio-friendly pop at the time, such as "if you ever go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair...," (see: Scott McKenzie) - "screw that,", they said, "let's go over there and possess people." said...

For my part every person must go through this. said...

Quite helpful piece of writing, much thanks for this article.