50 Disturbing the Priest(Butler, Gillan, Iommi, Ward)
From the Black Sabbath album Born Again
I remember getting a call from The Sabs' tour manager (long after I had left the band), as they were being run out of town (I won't name the town or the country, to save embarrassment all round) by a mob of Christians who cited the title of this song as clear evidence of the band's devilry. Ha, ha, ha; if only they knew…
The circumstances of recording the Born Again album are well documented in other places, so we'll go straight to the control room of the Manor Studio, late afternoon/early evening on a hot day in 1983. We were in loud playback mode, with the door open.
When the track ended I was surprised to see a nervous vicar standing in the doorway. He explained how wonderful he thought the music was, but they were having choir practise in the adjacent village church and so would we mind closing the door…?
I apologised immediately, we got hold of his schedule and never worked again during those times. The following evening I had a few beers with the vicar and signed some autographs for the choir. It was Geezer who came up with the title as we were laughing about the story some days later.
Disturbing the Priest(Butler, Gillan, Iommi, Ward)
Let's try getting to the sky
Good life is a contradiction
You just gotta listen to the night at the ending of the day
We're disturbing the priest
The force of the devil is the darkness the priest has to face
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