Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Tony Iommi – Iron Man
The woman who owned Clearwell castle had said to Bill: 'You might feel something strange sometimes, because there is a bit of a funny feeling in that room.'
Bill went: 'Ah, oh, why?'
She said: "Well, many years ago . . .'
And she told him a story about this maid who used to live there and had a baby by the owner. She got the baby and jumped out of the window and killed herself, It happened in Bill's room and apparently sometimes you could see this woman run through the room and jump. Bill got so scared he had this big dagger stuck in the side by his bed.
I said: 'What are you going to do with that thing?'
'If that ghost...'
'Bill, it’s a ghost. How are you going to stab a ghost, for Christ’s sake!'
Geezer actually liked it at first. He stayed in this room that was supposed to be haunted and was trying to see if he could get a vibe. But at the end of the day nobody knew if it was something in there or if it was somebody playing a joke and none of us dared stay there anymore. I thought, fucking hell: we got this place in the middle of nowhere so we could go and start writing, and everybody has terrified themselves that much that they’re driving home at night!
But the vibe there did lift my writer’s block. As soon as we started working the first song I came up with was 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’.
First day we were there, bang! I went: 'Bloody hell!'