Shock Wave
Black Sabbath Lyrics


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There's no reason for you to run
You can't escape the fate of the chosen one
Black moon rising, in a blood red sky
This time you realise that you're gonna die

Drinking your blood brew is your answer
That's what you plan to do
No dreaming, time you cheat this master
You're on your own going through

Wind of mist has taken over your mind
And you think you're on your own
Don't believe you are the only one here
Look around, you're not alone

Feel the forces from another world
Ghostly shadows fill your mind
Evil power hanging over you
As you freeze, you're like a child
Look behind you!

Somebody's calling
Someone is near
Feel yourself falling
Falling with fear
You tell yourself you're dreaming
You realise you're screaming
You know that this shouldn't happen to you
You tell yourself that it's scary too
But there is nothing you can do, oh!

Ghostly shadows from the other world
Evil forces in your mind
Trapped between the worlds of life and death
Frozen in the realms of time
Look behind you!

You feel yourself falling, you're at the end of the line
Your body is crawling, but your senses are blind




Cold, cold feelings are running through your brains
Ice cold fingers, running through your veins

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Black Sabbath's Shock Wave are filled with dark and haunting imagery that paints a picture of impending doom. The song seems to be talking about a person who is doomed to die no matter what they do, and the realization of this fate creates a sense of fear and anxiety in them. The opening lines of the song, "There's no reason for you to run, you can't escape the fate of the chosen one," indicate that there is no escape, and the person must face their fate head-on.


As the song progresses, it becomes clear that this person is facing a supernatural force that is beyond their comprehension. The "wind of mist" takes over their mind and creates a sense of isolation and fear. The lyrics suggest that there are "ghostly shadows" and "evil power" hanging over them, and they are frozen like a child in their grip.


The chorus of the song reinforces this sense of fear and helplessness. The person hears someone calling, and they feel themselves falling with fear. They realize they are not alone but are trapped between the worlds of life and death, frozen in time.


Overall, Black Sabbath's Shock Wave is a chilling and visceral portrayal of the fear of the unknown and the inevitability of fate.


Line by Line Meaning

There's no reason for you to run
You cannot escape your destined fate.


You can't escape the fate of the chosen one
Your destiny is inevitable.


Black moon rising, in a blood red sky
A sign of impending doom.


This time you realise that you're gonna die
You are facing imminent death.


Drinking your blood brew is your answer
You believe that dark magic will save you.


That's what you plan to do
You have made up your mind to try anything.


No dreaming, time you cheat this master
You need to act fast to avoid your fate.


You're on your own going through
You are facing your destiny alone.


Wind of mist has taken over your mind
Your thoughts are clouded by fear.


And you think you're on your own
You believe that you are alone in your terror.


Don't believe you are the only one here
You are not alone in your struggle.


Look around, you're not alone
Others are enduring similar fates.


Feel the forces from another world
You sense otherworldly powers around you.


Ghostly shadows fill your mind
You are haunted by fearsome shapes in your imagination.


Evil power hanging over you
You are under the influence of dark forces.


As you freeze, you're like a child
You are petrified with fear.


Look behind you!
You sense a lurking danger.


Somebody's calling
You hear a mysterious voice.


Someone is near
You sense a presence watching you.


Feel yourself falling
You are losing control of your body and mind.


Falling with fear
Your terror is overwhelming.


You tell yourself you're dreaming
You try to convince yourself that this is not happening.


You realise you're screaming
You are overcome with terror.


You know that this shouldn't happen to you
You feel unfairly singled out.


You tell yourself that it's scary too
You try to rationalize your fear.


But there is nothing you can do, oh!
You feel powerless to change your fate.


Evil forces in your mind
Your thoughts are consumed by dark thoughts.


Trapped between the worlds of life and death
You are stuck in a liminal space between existence and non-existence.


Frozen in the realms of time
You are paralyzed by your own dread.


You feel yourself falling, you're at the end of the line
You have reached the end of your journey.


Your body is crawling, but your senses are blind
You are physically frozen with fear, but your mind is racing with terror.


Cold, cold feelings are running through your brains
You are consumed by chilling emotions.


Ice cold fingers, running through your veins
You are physically affected by your overwhelmng fear.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: ANTHONY IOMMI, JOHN OSBOURNE, TERENCE BUTLER, WILLIAM WARD

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