After Forever (Black Sabbath)
Master of Reality
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8
In this episode, we meet up with Pastor Wildman & Steve Perkins from the Wildman & Steve Show. Our discussion is based on Black Sabbath‘s, “After Forever” from their 1971 album, “Master of Reality.”
Wildman & Steve
Co-hosts from the Wildman & Steve Show
Pastor Wildman is a follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, pastor coach, podcaster, blogger, and audio book narrator. He has served in full time ministry for over twenty years. He is passionate about Jesus, expositional Bible study, philosophy, and music. He grew up in an era where Christian Contemporary Music was just starting to hit the main-stream (1980s).
Steve Perkins is a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. He has taught Latin and Classics for thirty years at middle school, high school, and university levels. He is the author of numerous books and articles and is the 2014 Indiana Teacher of The Year. You can find out more about that side of his life at stevenrperkins.weebly.com.
Black Sabbath’s third studio album, Master of Reality, was released in 1971. Heavily criticized by the critics of its time, the LP defied the odds and hit number five on the UK Album Charts and number eight on the US Billboard 200. It has since become known as one of the most notorious Heavy Metal albums of all time.
Many believed that the members of Black Sabbath were Satanists mainly due to their dark sound and imagery. However, “After Forever” clearly focuses on a Christian narrative, and it’s lyrics were written by the band’s bassist, Geezer Butler. He admits that a certain amount of the song was influenced by ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.
“”It was just a bad time in Northern Ireland, setting bombs off in England and such. We all believed in Jesus — and yet people were killing each other over it. To me, it was just ridiculous. I thought that if God could see us killing each other in his name, he’d be disgusted.”” – Geezer Butler, Bassist for Black Sabbath
Have you ever thought about your soul can it be saved?
Or perhaps you think that when you’re dead you just stay in your grave
Is God just a thought within your head or is he a part of you?
Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were in school?
When you think about death do you lose your breath
or do you keep your cool?
Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope
do you think he’s a fool?
Well I have seen the truth, yes I’ve seen the light
and I’ve changed my ways
And I’ll be prepared when you’re lonely
and scared at the end of our days
Could it be you’re afraid of what your friends might say
If they knew you believe in God above?
They should realize before they criticize
That God is the only way to love
Is your mind so small that you have to fall
In with the pack wherever they run
Will you still sneer when death is near
And say they may as well worship the sun?
I think it was true it was people like you that crucified Christ
I think it is sad the opinion you had was the only one voiced
Will you be so sure when your day is near, say you don’t believe?
You had the chance but you turned it down, now you can’t retrieve
Perhaps you’ll think before you say that God is dead and gone
Open your eyes, just realize that he’s the one
The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate
Or will you still jeer at all you hear, yes I think it’s too late
Songwriters: Frank Iommi / John Osbourne / Terence Butler / W.T. Ward
After Forever lyrics © Onward Music Limited, T.R.O. Inc.
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