The song was later released as part of the We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll compilation and released as a single by US label Warner Bros in 1971.
It barely received any air-time in the US and didn't have a single in Britain, however it did have a cult following, so therefore it got charted.
A new version was performed on the Reunion live album and won a Grammy Award for best metal performance.
Writing and Recording
When hearing the guitar riff for the first time, Ozzy Osbourne said that it sounded "like a big iron bloke walking about". The original title was "Iron Bloke" before Geezer settled on "Iron Man" and he started to write lyrics around that title.
Butler wrote the lyrics about a man who traveled into the future and saw the apocalypse. In process of returning to the present, he's turned into steel by a magnetic field. He's rendered mute and isn't able to warn people of his time in the future and of the impending doom. His attempts at communicating to them are ignored and mocked.
This causes Iron Man to become angry, and drives his revenge to man-kind by causing the same destruction seen in his vision.
I am Iron Man 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 great magnetic field 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 unfurl Now the time is here For Iron Man to spread fear Vengeance from the grave Kills the people he once saved Nobody wants him They just turned their heads Nobody helps him Now he has his revenge Heavy boots of lead Fills his victims full of dread Running as fast as they can Iron Man lives again!
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