“Ozzy gave me that line, and I wrote the lyrics,” Geezer Butler tells Shortlist. I wanted to call the song American Jihad.”
“I was in a doctor’s office and there was a magazine in there with that line on the cover,” reveals Ozzy. “I thought, ‘Yeah — people flew planes into the World Trade Center because of God, there’s all this fucking shit going on in the world in the name of God.’ Fuck [calling it American Jihad]. I’m the guy at the front singing it; I would have had a fucking army after me. In the early days, there was a lot of backlash from religious groups. I was sent letters written in blood. In my house I must have 25 fucking Bibles, each with a marked-up passage that [the sender] wanted me to read.