Children of the Grave

"Children of the Grave"
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Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Master of Reality
B-side"Solitude"
Released21 July 1971 (1971-07-21)
RecordedIsland Studios, London, England
GenreHeavy metal
Length5:17
LabelVertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Songwriter(s)Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s)Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"After Forever"
(1971)
"Children of the Grave"
(1971)
"Iron Man"
(1971)

"Children of the Grave" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath, from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song lyrically continues with the same anti-war themes brought on by "War Pigs" and "Electric Funeral" from Paranoid, adding in Geezer Butler's pacifist ideals of non-violent civil disobedience. Two previously unreleased versions of this song are released on the deluxe edition of Master of Reality. The first is a version with alternate lyrics, the second an instrumental version.[1]

The song has been featured on several greatest hits and live albums. As well as being performed by Black Sabbath in concert, in its various incarnations, Ozzy Osbourne performed it in concert many times as a solo artist. It appears in the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as a playable song. It is also referenced in the online game League of Legends as the name of the ultimate attack of the character Mordekaiser. It also is the background music for the opening level of the video game Brütal Legend.

One feature lost on CD, is that on vinyl the track was the last on the side, and continually looped a whispered "Children of the Grave". This looped part has an individual, yet rarely used name of 'The Haunting'.

The guitar and bass, as is common with Black Sabbath, is tuned down a minor 3rd. (Guitar C# F# B E G# C#.)

Track listing

  1. "Children of the Grave" – 5:49
  2. "Children of the Grave" (Edit) – 3:50