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50 Disturbing the Priest

(Butler, Gillan, Iommi, Ward)
Fra Black Sabbath-albummet Born Again

Jeg kan huske, at jeg fik et telefonopkald fra Sabbath’s tour manager (længe efter at jeg havde forladt bandet), da de var blevet jaget ud af byen (jeg undlader at nævne navnet på byen og landet for ikke at gøre nogen flove) af en flok kristne, som opfattede titlen på sangen som et klart bevis på bandets satanisme. Ha, ha, ha; hvis bare de vidste…

Omstændighederne omkring indspilningen af Born Again-albummet er veldokumenteret andre steder, så vi går direkte til kontrolrummet i Manor Studio, en sen eftermiddag/tidlig aften en varm dag i 1983. Vi lyttede til det indspillede bånd med volumenknappen skruet godt op og for åbne døre.

Da sangen var slut, så jeg til min overraskelse en nervøs præst stå i døren. Han forklarede, hvor fantastisk han syntes, at musikken var, men de var i gang med at øve med koret i den nærliggende landsbykirke, og om vi ville have noget imod at lukke døren…?

Jeg undskyldte straks, vi fik fat på hans øvetider, og vi undlod fremover at arbejde på disse tidspunkter.

Den følgende aften drak jeg et par øl med præsten og gav nogle autografer til koret.

Det var Geezer, som fandt på titlen, da vi nogle dage senere morede os over historien.

Disturbing the Priest

(Butler, Gillan, Iommi, Ward)

Let's try getting to the sky
Hang on or you're going to die
Sour life can turn sweet
It's laying at your feet
Sweet child with an innocent smile
Watches closely all the while
Don't be fooled when he cries
Keep looking at the eyes

Good life is a contradiction
Because of the crucifixion
If you're ready and have the need
I will take your soul and plant my seed

You just gotta listen to the night at the ending of the day
You just gotta listen to the night as safety slips away
Moving out of sight are the things you need to see to feel
And as they slip away becoming so unreal unreal
You just gotta listen to the night as your going up the stairs
You just gotta listen to the night and don't forget to say your prayers
And as you lose control to the eyes in dark disguise
And icy fingers fan electric lies

We're disturbing the priest
Won't you please come to our feast
Do we mind disturbing the priest
Not at all not at all not in the least

The force of the devil is the darkness the priest has to face
The force of the night will destroy him but not disgrace
To get into his mind and to his soul you gotta set alight
The flames of doubt so deep inside inside
The devil and the priest can't exist if one goes away
It's just like the battle of the sun and the moon
And night and day
The force of the devil that we're all told to fear
Watch out for religion when he gets too near, too near

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