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Black Sabbath post handwritten lyrics to 'Iron Man'

Black Sabbath unveil handwritten lyrics to 'Iron Man'
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Black Sabbath has generated so much interest in their studio album "13" with their handwritten lyrics promotion, they've decided to unveil written lyrics from songs used on their recent DVD release "Gathered in their Masses."

Posting to their official Facebook page on Jan. 13, the British metal legends added the handwritten lyrics to "Iron Man," one of the band's most beloved and popular tracks, originally recorded for their classic 1970 studio album "Paranoid."

Although the lyrics are credited to Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler with music composed by Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi, frontman Ozzy Osbourne and original drummer Bill Ward, the title and basic premise for the song was conceived by Osbourne.

Upon hearing the main guitar riff for the first time, Osbourne remarked that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking about," which spawned the idea for Butler's lyrics with the title later modified from "Iron Bloke" to "Iron Man."

Released in Nov., "Gathered in their Masses" was recorded over two shows in Melbourne, Australia during the start of the band’s current world tour.

"13" was recently nominated for three 2014 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God Is Dead?”.

The reunited lineup will kick off a 10-city tour of Canada on April 3 in Halifax, NS at Metro Centre.
See BlackSabbath.com for more details.

Did you know? A new version of "Iron Man" was included on Black Sabbath's 2000 "Reunion" album, which won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.