War Pigs is the first track off of Black Sabbath's second studio album Paranoid.

The song's outro is entitled "Luke's Wall" on the US edition.


"War Pigs" was originally titled "Walpurgis", dealing with a black mass which was based on the Dennis Wheatley novel "The Devil Rides Out" where a group of friends battled Satanists at a black mass on Walpurgis Night which Geezer Butler had read.

The original version was only recorded once on John Peel's radio show in 1970. According to some sources the band and the record company were concerned with the recent events of the Manson killings. Not wishing to be seen as Satanists or dark occultists in anyway, Geezer chose to rewrite the song into an anti-war statement.

The original version of the song can be found on Ozzy Osbourne's compilation album "The Ozzman Cometh" from that same session.

Ward's first memory of playing "War Pigs" live was at The Beat Club in 1968 where the band had to preform multiple gigs and they didn't have enough music written to fill the set, so they play long jam sessions. "War Pigs" was made from one of those sessions.


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 all 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 judgment day comes

Now in darkness world stops turning

As the war machine keeps burning

No more war pigs have the power

Hand of God has struck the hour

Day of judgment God is calling

On their knees, the war pigs crawling

Begging mercy for their sins

Satan laughing spreads his wings

Oh Lord yeah


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