Black Sabbath has posted handwritten lyrics for "Live Forever," a track from the group's Grammy Award-nominated comeback album "13," at its official Facebook page.
Like all the songs on the album, the music was composed by Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, with Butler handling the lyrics.
Osbourne tells us it's a process that's always worked for the long-lived heavy rock troupe:
"The way we write, I come up with a melody line and Geezer usually fills the lyrics...He's great at lyrics. He's very poetic. He's very clever with lyrics. He writes about things I don't even know what the f*****g words mean. It works."
Butler, meanwhile, says that Black Sabbath's music allows for lyrics about all sorts of subjects, both personal and topical:
"It's just, all the things that are going on the world and I just wanted to put it down, whatever came off the top of me head, all the issues that are going on that I thought needed to be talked about or sang about or whatever. They're all good topics for Black Sabbath."
"13" was Black Sabbath's first-ever No. 1 album in the U.S. and first on the U.K. charts in nearly 43 years. It’s been nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album, while the single "God Is Dead?" is up for Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance.
Black Sabbath has also released a new concert DVD, "Black Sabbath: Live...Gathered in Their Masses" and returns to the road March 31 to begin a North American tour in Brooklyn.