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Song Released: 1970

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Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?

Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?
We’ll just pass him there
Why should we even care?

He was turned to steel
In the...


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    Apr 8th, 2006 4:37pm report

    A man makes a time travel into the future of the world. He sees
    the apocalypse. When he comes back he tries to warn the world but
    nobody takes care of him. So he gets mad and has revenge on mankind.
    In the end it becomes clear that he is the reason for the apocalypse.
    "Ozzy came up with the title 'Iron Man' and I wrote it about this
    guy who's blasted off into space and he sees the future of the world, which
    isn't very good. Then he goes through a magnetic storm on the way back and
    is turned to iron. He's trying to warn everyone about the future of the
    world, but he can't speak, so everyone is taking the mickey out of him all
    the time, and he just doesn't care in the end." - Geezer
    The Iron Man's destruction of the people who ignore and mock him unwittingly
    fulfills his own vision.


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    May 5th, 2007 5:10pm report

    The lyrics of the song, which may be metaphorical, describe the titular character. It is unsure if he is still in full possession of his faculties. He is largely ignored by those who pass him by, even though he had made the sacrifice of being turned to steel "when he traveled time for the future of mankind." As Iron Man stares at the world, he plots his revenge and then acts it out. The song indicates that Iron Man may have died and come back to life ("vengeance from the grave" and "Iron Man lives again"); at any rate, Iron Man has become fed up with the way he has been treated by those he served and begins to "kill the people he once saved."


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    Oct 21st, 2006 10:32am report

    Ozzy was a seventh day adventist as a child and was taught a lot about prophecy. Iron man is a twisted view of jesus christ. Jesus came as the lamb but will return as the lion as iron man kills the people he once saved. Is jesus live or dead? Why should we even care? Nobody cares if there is a jesus and in ozzy’s mind he’s sitting up there just waiting to come down and punish the world for not caring for him. Also in prophecy iron represents a very fierce and violent kingdom or country like rome.


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    Dec 23rd, 2015 12:52pm report

    This ''Black SAbbath'' song reminds me of these Revelations told as by the beginning of this song told as ''I'am Iron Man'', dough told first to rise in long ago in what ''The Ion-Shape said: Be Still there is no Iron-Face'' to be afraid in him, but hundreds of years later it was passed on in another form to John Patmos being in ''The Spirit'' possession of God to write down his dream visions as ''warnings'' what's to come on the land to be written down that became the 27th book in the Bible as Revelation. In this, yes you can say that he saved many by traveling to the future and saw the end of times for the people and the 7 Churches throughout the land to spread the word of God in that if they don't obey and do the works in the name of Jesus Christ they will be destroyed. During that period of time people were saved by faith and fear to obey, but the world did not end for most of the people that did not believe in the prophesy of John Patmos. When, then a lot of people became unbelievers like in this song ''Iron Man'', where he is eventually getting his vengeance throughout time by the more people studied and believed in Revelation as the will of God to use in the name of Jesus Christ to bring on wars ever since, especially by the people that realized they been had by false Prophets to believe the end of times are coming that did not come according to Revelation in the Bible they used on them to believe. This made people more to dispute Revelation with each other that gave and gives Satan more power to use Revelation as a revenge against us the people to make us look pretty,be scared and to believe that the Apocalypse is coming again in today's time, just look what's been happening in the Middle East and some of the parts of Europe again.


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    Oct 16th, 2013 10:19pm report

    This is a song about you and me, never mind the superficial Jesus similarities . . . the similarities are there because it provides a cultural reference point, and also because the human condition has not really changed in over 2000 years.

    This is a story of a man who saw the truth (travelled time, religious vision, looked at the facts, whatever), and was transformed by the experience (the average human being can rarely stand to look at the truth, and rationalizes pursuing short-term gain/emotion above other more worthy goals). Unsurprisingly, the enlightened man no longer spoke the language of his peers, he was ignored and people didn't care about his sacrifice or his truth, preferring their own rationalizations to anything else. Eventually, the enlightened man saw that he would not be able to reach people with any act short of becoming a martyr, and even then, it would leave great numbers of willfully ignorant people without enlightenment. The transformed man eventually decided that the only way to save humanity from its self-inflicted fate was to intervene unilaterally and end the experiment - vengeance, revenge, judgment day, the final accounting, essentially disposing with pretense and getting right to the point. Knowing the truth about the future had hardened his heart and steeled his body against the pain of swimming against the tide in the short-term - he became invulnerable to emotion, powered-by-truth, and unstoppable.

    It is a story about how most people "turn their heads" to avoid any uncomfortable truth - and about how this act in itself can hasten the arrival of an even harsher dose of pain over the long run. It is also about how the truth can change people, and how not everyone can (or should) bear to hear it. Yes, it is a story about you and me.

    After hearing this song, we have no choice but to accept the uncomfortable dystopian reality of the human condition, as it repeats itself ad nauseam - from thousands of years ago, to thousands of years in the future. . . will we ever look to the truth and change our ways? Or are we doomed either way? Is it better to know the truth and be troubled by it, or to live ignorantly and unsustainably, blithely incurring a debt that we must eventually pay? Unfortunately, it seems that the answers still elude us . . . perhaps we should all be kinder to the courageous iron men who walk among us . . .


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    May 14th, 2013 5:02pm report

    It represents either the war scene because of the 70s and what was going on at that time or what they learned about the Manhattan Project and the Navy going through time and the people getting stuck in the iron of the Navy ship. They made numerous trips into the future and saw what was going to take place. This is based on true facts. This could also be about the cyborgs that are iron and some type of skin or plastic they are made of. A few tidbits their skin if you want to call it that absorbs water okay but other items not so well. Also, if your finger turns color from a metal ring it's because you have a cyborg in you. It's not because of the water and metal making a discoloration. It is literally from the cyborg's metal and your thin skin so it comes through. It is literally running the show and connected to your soul and your human brain. Anyways they are just like the Terminator and the mass production of them have already taken over mankind and are about to annihilate us. So we have pretty much had it but the good news is that I read somewhere in the bible that when Jesus returns with His Saints that they the NWO goes to war against Jesus but loses. And the soldiers somehow turn on each other. I was thinking about how that these cyborgs can be coded to do things so someone somehow codes it in for them to turn on each other in the end and they destroy each other. So Ironman in the end kills himself because the people see him as he is and gets rid of him by coding it into the cyborgs. But at that time it's over anyway. God will take care of mankind and what it's done and is doing to people and the earth. It's too bad that man wanted to improve so much in the war department that it learned to control and destroy mankind the very mankind it wanted to protect with the military weapons and people. Now we are all people controlled by the (matter to energy "invisible") cyborgs inside and the eventual destruction of us. The bible says God is going to have man play out what he wants and the leaders don't like the people the bible says so they destroy us. So I quess they got to big for there you know whats. Anyways there is one way out for everyone and that is to get saved. Because the real reason this has happened is because Satan wanted to be where God is which we are the temple and so He wanted to be inside a human which he succeeded in doing. These cyborgs took over the inside and now we are so called beheaded so were at the end. We have no control of what happens to us they have the control. Anyways my point was Satan wanted also to stop people from choosing God's saving grace which is Jesus Christ and what He has done on the cross for us all. So satan has succeeded in taking away free will but not forever only for the 1335 years and then it's over. These are true facts to the best of my knowledge but get saved. Pray: God in heaven I don't want satan or cyborgs to interfere with my choice of choosing Jesus today so please rebuke them. This is my decision my free will so I ask you please forgive me for everything I have done wrong in my life and I accept what Jesus did on the cross for me and Jesus please come into my heart and take over my life. I pray this all in Jesus name and thank you. Amen. There thats how you fight satan and ironman. Guess what you just won now no worries. Your free and are saved. Even though they are doing this if you know this truth what I have told you and believe in Jesus you can get saved. So for a moment there you have free will. After choosing you probably don't. They can let you but then they can interfere or just take right over. Well enough said didn't mean to make a book out of it. May God be with you all. What to do after getting saved stay faithful to Jesus and love God and one another. Stand strong in the Lord read God's word there is much strengh in the Lord.


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    Oct 25th, 2012 10:38pm report

    I lean toward the Crucifixion of Jesus. The nails used through his hands or wrists to secure his body to the cross were more than likely at that time made of - you guessed it...iron. Lead boots would put excruciating pressure on the body from a gravity field pulling it downward on the the cross causing suffocation. This would lead to a slow painful death. His return is mentioned in Revelations and it isn't pretty for some.


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    Jun 21st, 2012 6:27pm report

    Before I even read any of the interpretations on here, I knew it was a song about Christ. Iron Man refers to the crucifixes a certain denomination wears and prays the rosary. The reason I say that is because most crucifixes are metal, but nowadays the cheap bastards who make them are making them out of cheap pewter (still a metal) or just plain old flagrant cheap plastic. Pretty sorry and no respect for that denomination's beliefs. Now, onto what I think....as I said, I knew it was about Christ all along, ever since I first heard the song back in the early '80's. I mean, who else can travel time, or stare at the entire world all at once? Mankind has worshiped him for a very long time, but nowadays, we are like..."who cares?"...and He is getting madder and madder each day, until the day His Father is going to say... "Okay, enough's enough, go my Son, and show them I ain't playing around no more!"...and then we gonna be running and fearing for our very lives, but by that time, it's gonna be too late.


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    May 31st, 2012 5:24am report

    My interpretation of the song was that they were talking about a soldier who came back from Vietnam. The soldiers who went to Vietnam were outcasted by society for ate awful thing they did there. "iron man" must have been a young guy who was considered a war hero in Korea and when he came back from Vietnam he was rejected by society so he goes crazy and commits a mass homicide.


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    Nov 1st, 2011 11:07pm report

    The lyrics concern a champion of humanity who travels Time, presumably to ensure "the future of Mankind" — his original mission was to save our species. We learn that this champion unfortunately encountered a "Great Magnetic Field," turning him into steel and rendering him immobile. He has been in this state for so long that humanity has forgotten his original identity and his original mission. Rather than hailing him as a hero, the human race now regards him as an oddity, little more than an enigmatic statue from another age. The first few lines of the song are the musings of curious passersby, wondering if he's alive or dead, if he can see, if he can move, etc. Although the exact nature of his transformation is not elucidated, we know that Iron Man is not solid steel, but is in perhaps an organic/inorganic state, in which he can still perceive the physical world and can still think, but cannot take action. Because humanity has forgotten everything he's done for them in the past, Iron Man has grown increasingly bitter and plans his vengeance upon the ungrateful human race. Evidently, his bizarre state of suspended animation is only temporary — when Iron Man regains his freedom to move, he "kills the people he once saved" in a dreadful manner.


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    Aug 11th, 2011 8:30am report

    How can someone be made of iron? Wouldn't they be really heavy? Listen to the lyrics, you'll hear it


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    May 16th, 2011 5:54pm report

    to me this song is one of the best and most fascinating songs ever.my explanation is that a traveling man accidently sees the worlds future,of mindless murder and warns everyone.everyone ignores him.he tried to save them.then he angrily kills them for ignoring him.he then realizes this is the prophecy come true and it was his fault and he needs to find the answer.thanks 4 reading this.


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    May 16th, 2011 5:54pm report

    to me this song is one of the best and most fascinating songs ever.my explanation is that a traveling man accidently sees the worlds future,of mindless murder and warns everyone.everyone ignores him.he tried to save them.then he angrily kills them for ignoring him.he then realizes this is the prophecy come true and it was his fault and he needs to find the answer.thanks 4 reading this.


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    May 16th, 2011 5:54pm report

    to me this song is one of the best and most fascinating songs ever.my explanation is that a traveling man accidently sees the worlds future,of mindless murder and warns everyone.everyone ignores him.he tried to save them.then he angrily kills them for ignoring him.he then realizes this is the prophecy come true and it was his fault and he needs to find the answer.thanks 4 reading this.


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    Nov 30th, 2010 11:04pm report

    This song is way older than the iron man movie, and so clearly cannot represent the movie as some have claimed. Also, this doesn't reflect the comics either. It seems to be more of an anti-war protest, and complaints with the horrible way we treated some of the crippled veterans, not helping them, not caring. It warns they could turn the tables, get others to help and fight back against those they tried to save...


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    Nov 24th, 2010 11:35pm report

    I think this song is about a veteran of war. His emotional state may have been hardened("turned to steel") by the events of war. The great magnetic field might be the battle field.
    As for traveling time we all travel time as it passes in our life. War is often presented as a necessity to ensure the future of mankind. He could be in a vegetative state and his vengeance might be only a mental fantasy.


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    Nov 5th, 2010 11:59pm report

    Erecting a 66 foot pole carved in phallic image with a goats head made of molten gold adorning the top,with naked nymph witches on the summer equinox's midnight,you hear the tolling of a churchs bell heard in the graveyard with 11th century necromonic monks, all in the rapture of worhipping the almighty baal,with "Iron man"Iommi'ific riffs echoing off the evil black sky of this heinous night, is much more enlightening, than mere "molech mischief"Please be sure to destroy the double circle with the words ''ave satanus''and the inverted pentagram within the circle when you leave.Thank you


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    Oct 15th, 2010 10:18pm report

    This song has a Terminator/Terminator 2-like theme. Iron Man represents man's technology that is advancing exponentially as it travels into the future:
    "When he traveled time For the future of mankind
    Nobody wants him He just stares at the world Planning his vengeance That he will soon unfold."
    As in the Terminator films, Iron Man represents technology that will turn against us to destroy us. Many of Sabbath's songs are loosely based upon Bible prophecy. The Bible hints/indicates that apart from God, man will destroy himself with his own technology. Example given:
    Revelation 16
    16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
    18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed.
    2 Peter 3:10
    But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

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