Riff: Black Sabbath – “Dear Father”

Jun 12, 2013

You preyed upon my flesh then prayed for my soul/Belief betrayed by lust of faith that you stole/Indoctrination by a twisted desire/The catechism of an evil messiah

from Dear Father lyrics by Black Sabbath

Didn’t think we’d get a predatory catholicism screed about pedophilia, among other religious atrocities, on the final minutes of Sabbath’s first true record in 35 years. But the thunder matches the lightening and the fury of dark reckoning is vindictive enough to warrant a seven-minute sludgefest.

Riff by Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' resident Content Guru. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.

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