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War Pigs
Black Sabbath
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unknown album
Year 1970
Genre Metal
Language English
Length 8:01
Source Downloadable song
Release December 4, 2007
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"War Pigs" is a song by Black Sabbath which is about man's desire to kill and destroy. Sabbath got the idea from war stories they heard when they did a show at an American Air Force base.

The original name for the song was "Walpurgis," which is a festival with origins in Paganism and Witchcraft. Ozzy Osbourne released the original version on his 1997 album The Ozzman Cometh. Click the lyrics link above to view the words. (Thanks, Matt - Langhorne, PA)

The band wanted to use this as the title of the album, but the record company thought it was too controversial and made them use "Paranoid," another song on the album, instead.

This is one of many Black Sabbath songs that is often misinterpreted as evil. The song speaks out against the horrors of war.

On the US albums, this is listed as "War Pigs/Luke's Wall." "Luke's Wall" is another name for the end of the song.

On the 1994 Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black, Faith No More contributed a live cover version. Faith No More also covered this on their 1989 album The Real Thing. (Thanks, Aimee - Auckland, New Zealand)

War Pigs is the name of an Australian tribute band that covers Sabbath songs.

Ozzy's former guitarist Zakk Wylde did a cover of this after he went solo. Other artists who did covers: Slaves on Dope, Pig, Ether, Faith No More, Weezer, Boss Tweed, Red House Painters, Members Only, Badlands, Soulfly, Vital Remains, Ween, Sheavy, Gov't Mule, Phish, Sacred Reich, Alice Donut, Flores Secas, Banda Arie, and Flores Secas. (Thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for above 2)

This song is used for an encore in the video game Guitar Hero II for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 which Harmonix had previously developed before working on the Rock Band series. (Thanks, Mike - Mass, MA)

When the Sacramento band Tesla recorded this in 2007, lead guitarist Frank Hannon added a piece of Jimi Hendrix flavored "The Star Spangled Banner" to start the song." It is the final track on Tesla's Real to Reel 2-disk cover album, which is a tribute to Tesla's mentors.


  • The first time Harmonix had charted this song was in Guitar Hero II.
  • This song has no album art in the game.


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