Released January 31, 1994

[ Lyrics | Tour Dates ]

 


CD [ Amazon US | Amazon UK ]
Japanese CD [ Amazon US ]

Track Listing

  1. I Witness
  2. Cross of Thorns
  3. Psychophobia
  4. Virtual Death
  5. Immaculate Deception
  6. Dying for Love
  7. Back to Eden
  8. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
  9. Cardinal Sin
  10. Evil Eye
  11. What’s the Use (Japanese CD only)

Writing Credits

  • All songs by Butler / Iommi / Martin

Credits

  • Tony Martin – Vocals
  • Tony Iommi – Guitar
  • Geezer Butler – Bass
  • Bobby Rondinelli – Drums
  • Geoff Nicholls – Keyboards
  • Produced by Leif Masses & Black Sabbath
  • Engeineered by Leif Mases, Darren Galer, & Dave Somers
  • Mixed by Leif Mases at The Wool Hall, Somerset
  • Recorded at Monnow Vallye Studios, Wales
  • Mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis Mastering, London

Catalogue Numbers

  • CD X2-13222 (US 1994)
  • CASS 07777-13222-4-2 (US 1994)
  • CD 72435-30413-2-8 (US 1994 ??)
  • CD 07777-7-13222-2-8 (EUR 1994)
  • CD IRS TOCP-8128 (JPN 1994)
  • LP 0777-7-13222-1-1 (UK 1994)
  • CASS 07777-13222-4 (UK 1994)
  • LP Santa П94 RAT 30856 (RUS 1994 – Unofficial)

Notes

  • There is a music video for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.
  • Tony Martin has said in interviews that the song Psychophobia was written about David Koresh of the Branch Davidians; a “religious” group whose base was overrun by BATF agents after a prolonged standoff in 1993 in Waco, TX.
  • Eddie Van Halen is uncredited as co-author of Evil Eye. He was supposed to play on the track, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from doing so.  UPDATE: I was told in September of 2009 that EVH had nothing to do with this album at all.
  • The 1995 videogame “Rise of the Triad” had one of it’s levels named after this album by then Apogee staffer and current Black Sabbath webmaster Joe Siegler.  The title was called “Cross Purposes”.  In the words of Joe, “The level was shaped like a cross, and since this album was current when the work was being done, it seemed like a logical name at the time”.
  • Geezer Butler has made statements that this album was not supposed to be released as a Black Sabbath album, although others on the album dispute that.
  • The song “Cardinal Sin” was originally called “Sin, Cardinal Sin”, but a printing error left the first Sin off, and the mistaken name was just used going forward.
  • In 1991, the German metal band “The Scorpions” put out a single called “Send Me an Angel“.  As you can see here, it uses the same “burning angel” image that the Cross Purposes album uses.  The Scorpions use predates Black Sabbath’s use by three years (give or take).  I have done some research into it, and inquired with a few people involved with Black Sabbath at the time, and none of them have any knowledge as to why the same image was used.  One of them theorized it was “down to an art designer at IRS at the time”, but that’s as close of an explanation as I can find for the duplicate cover art.

Links

Images

  • This image is the sticker that was on the outside of the jewel case when the CD was bought originally:
  • The following are scans of the cassette tape version as released in the US in 1994.

  • This is the back of the CD case.

Video

  • In Late 2009, a fan named John Belantakis created a fan made video for the song “Dying for Love”. You can check it out here:

I Witness

Across The Desert Of The Burning Dark, A
Darkness Which Illuminates You,
There’s A Place You’ve Always Wanted To Be,
Whose Pleasures Always Did Escape You,
It’s Always Been So Out Of Reach, Nothing, So Near
Ever Felt So Far
And Now It’s Here Within Your Grasp, A Never
Ending Burning Says It All.

As You Drive Into The Darkness, In Front The Future
Behind You History
Caught Alone In The Dark Night, Do You Think
That’s The Way It’s Supposed To Be.
You Don’t Believe Your Eyes, Cos All They See Is
Lies, Oh Yeah.

You Better Run From The Holy Man, The Eyes That
Will Are Set Uppon You,
Listen Not To Verse And Prayer, Songs That Thrill
And Voices Tempt You
The Inner Flame Has Fear Of Death, Never, Has
Light Ever Seemed So Dark.
Pilgrims Of Sabbocracy, Hear The Hounds Of
Heaven, As They Bark

I Witness A Time And A Place That Never Dies, Still Frozen In Time,
This Darkness The Only Place That I Can Hide.
I Witness, A Dream.

I Witness A Time And A Place That Never Dies, Still Frozen In Time,
This Darkness The Only Place That I Can Hide, I Witness A Dream.
Oh, Just A Dream.

Cross of Thorns

Don’t Come Closer, Cos It Ain’t Safe Here,
Just Turn Around Now And Walk Away.
I’ve Gotta Tell You, There Are No Rules Here,
Sometimes I Wonder, What Goes On There,
Behind Those-eyes.

When A Promise Is Broken, And No One Trusts You,
Young Ones Crying With Their Heads In Their Hands,
When You Talk About Saving, The Souls Of The Faithful,
You Can’t Help Thinking, You’ve Got Blood On Your Hands.
From A Cross Of Thorns.

Tongues Of Fire Always Talking, Wasted Words That Ring In My Ears.
We’re Still Waiting, Losing Patience, Will All The lies of, 400 years.
I’ve Got To Tell You, There Are No Rules Here,
Sometimes I Wonder, What Goes On There, Behind Those-eyes.

We Gave You Yesterday, And Now You Want To-day,
Oh, From The Hands Of Death We Take Our Daily Bread,
Now All We Do Is Choke, And The Words That You Once Spoke, Fade Away.
Look At What You’ve Done, Oh, It’s A Cross Of Thorns.

Take Away, This Cross Of Thorns, Look At What You’ve Done.
It’s A Cross Of Thorns, Cross Of Thorns.
When A Promise Is Broken, And No One Trusts You,
You’ve Got Blood On Your Hands, From A Cross Of Thorns.

 

Psychophobia

Mortal Eyes, Looking Through A Veil Of Dreams,
Hypnotised, An Ever Living Soul With Wings.
Think You’re God, But You Never Had Control,
Think You’re Loved But There’s No One There At All…

My Colours All Ran Dry, And Now I See The World In Black And White,
It’s Too Late Now, It’s Time To Kiss The Rainbow Goodbye.

Poison Tears Running From A Palsied Face,
Satan Nears, Descending On The Human Race.
Think You’re God, Don’t You Wish You Had Control,
Think You’re Loved But There’s No One There At All…

Listen To The Wind, Hear The Gospel Blow.
Tell Me That You Don’t Hear What I’m Hearing And I Will Let You Go.
Look Up To The Sky, Put Your Trust In Me,
Tell Me That You Ain’t Feelin What I’m Feelin And I Will Set You Free.

Look Into The Flame, See The Embers Glow,
Tell Me That You Don’t See What I’m Seein And I Will Let You Go
Look Up To The Sky, Put Your Trust In Me,
Tell Me That You Ain’t Feelin What I’m Feelin And I Will Set You Free.

Look Into The Flame, See The Embers Glow,
Tell Me That You Don’t See What I’m Seein And I Will Let You Go
Taste The Holy Blood, Running From My Veins
Tell Me That You Ain’t Feelin What I’m Feelin And I’ll Take Away The Pain
Yes I Will Now, Oh Yes I Will, It’s Time To Kiss The Rainbow Goodbye.

 

Virtual Death

Reach Out And Take For Me, Fruit Of The Poison Tree,
Give Me Your Body And Your Soul.
My Youth Is Fading Past, Years Melt Into The Past,
This Mortal Life Will Take It’s Toll.

I’m Sick And Tired Of Losing, You Find This So Amusing,
It’s All I Have To Keep Myself In This State I’m In.

This Spark Of Natures Fire, My Only One Desire,
This World Is Hanging By A Thread.

People Always Tried To Change Me, Alter Everying I Am,
Though You Find This So Amusing, You Left Me In This
State I’m In. Virtual Death.

You May Think This Existance, Is Just A Human Weakness,
Inside My Mind It’s Near The End. Virtual Death.

I’m Losing, I’m Fading Fast, I’m Dying, Virtual Death.

Immaculate Deception

In The Daylight, Comes Darkness, On The Verge Of Night A Fear Is Born,
Sweeter Than The Dream, The Reality Of You,
Immaculate, Deception.

From The Spirit Runs Poison, And The Wheel Of Fortune Is Ever Still,
Sweeter Than The Light, The Darkness Of Your Soul.
Immaculate Deception.

Something Has Touched, The Spirit Inside,
Once There Was Love Now There’s A Void.
Night Of Deception, Ghost In My Mind,
Am I Bewitched, Slave To Desire.

It’s Knowing That Time Keeps Rolling On, Night After Day, Day After Night,
It’s Knowing That Feeling Of Coming Home, To Where My Spirit Lies.

It’s Knowing That Feeling Of Coming Home, To Where My Spirit Lies.

 

Dying for Love

Can You Hear, The People Sing Their Song
To Tunes Of Glory, They Move As One.
Refugees of liberation marching on. Sing your songs, rock the nation, right or wrong.

When You Take Of Life And Steal It’s Shadow,
All That’s Left Is Humanity.

It’s Getting Closer, Change Is Bound To Come.
Theres Someone Out There, Holding Candles To The Sun.

Then An Answer, Says That Peace Will Come Around,
Stand In Line, Take Our Time And Be Proud.

Take A Life And Steal It’s Shadow, All That’s Left It’s Humanity
Take A Man And Steal Tomorrow, All That’s Left Is You And Me.

Here Them Call You, Soldiers All In The Fields Of Love,
Brothers, Sisters, Children, All Dying For Love.

Refugees Of Liberation, Marching On,
Sing Your Song, Rock The Nation, Write Of Wrongs.

Take A Life And Steal It’s Shadow, All That’s Left Is Humanity.
Take A Man And Steal Tomorrow, All That’s Left Is You And Me.

Hear Them Call You, Soldiers All In The Fields Of Love,
Brothers, Sisters, Children, All Dying For Love.

Hear Them Call You, Dying For Love.
Those Who Know You, Dying For Love,
Brothers, Sisters, Dying For Love, Saints And Sinners

Dying For Love,
Dying For Love.

 

Back to Eden

We Are The Star Demons, Reaching Out Yeah,
We Want To Touch Your World,
We Are the Dream Makers, Pure And Sweet Yeah,
We’re Gonna Change Your World.

When You’re Tired Of Giving Reasons
And Freedom Fighting Freedom
If You’re Searching For An Answer,
We Can Bring You Back To Eden.

There’s No Need For Pain And Anger,
The Power Of Peace Can Destroy The Gun.
Leave Behind Man’s Vanity Yeah,
And Living Life On The Run.

Is God Forgiving, Is This The Final Warning,
Watching As A Killer Turns.
Science Fiction, Real Life Addiction.
The Human Race Will Never Learn.

 

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Young Life, Too Young, Who’s Eyes Are Choking,
Can’t Rest, Can’t Sleep, For Dreams That Set You Falling.
Don’t Feel The Hunger, Can’t Drink No Holy Water,
No Light In These Eyes, No Place For Dreams At All Tonight.

When The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Is The Hand That Holds The Knife,
And The Knife That Cuts The Cable, Kills The Spark That Feeds The Life.

No Grave Could Be Deep Enough, Down To Hell If We Were Able,
The Veil Of Life Was Pushed Aside, By The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.

The Oath You Take Is Sacred, To Save Not Steel A Life,
Like The Passing Of The Sweetest Soul, That Looked Through Human Eyes

Young Life, Too Young, Who’s Eyes Are Choking,
Can’t Rest, Can’t Sleep, For Dreams That Set You Falling.
Don’t Feel The Hunger, Can’t Drink No Holy Water,
No Light In These Eyes, No Place For Dreams At All Tonight.

It’s The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.
It’s The Hand That Steels The Life.

 

Cardinal Sin

Where Do You Go When Your Conscience Takes Over
Do You Crawl To Your Corner And Cry.
Did You Imagine, That No One Would Notice
Just A Secret To Take When You Die.

All The World Is Watching You, Every Tongue Is Screaming Fool.

How Are Your Dreams, Do They Claw At Your Sleep
Making Darkness A Place You Despise,
Where Is The God, That Once Was Your Strength
Are You Sure He Was There From The Start.

All The World Is Watching You, Nowhere You Can Hide,
Every Tongue Is Screaming Fool, Only Satan Hears Your Cries.

When You Sin Cardinal Sin, You Make Your Bed And On It You Must Lie,
And Your Futures Looking Grim, But Did You Ever Give A Damn
About The Child, He’s Running Wild.
When You Sin Cardinal Sin, Don’t Expect The World Will Treat You Well,
We Say Oh, Go To Hell.

We Point The Finger, Sin Cardinal Sin, Laugh In Your Face, Sin Cardinal Sin,
We Point The Finger, Laugh In Your Face,
Cos You’re No Better Than The Rest Of The Human Race.

Oh Sin Cardinal Sin, Oh Sin Cardinal Sin.

 

Evil Eye

Something About The Way That You Look At Me,
You Watch Every Move, Every Step, Every Fantasy,
Got No Time For Love, There’s Something In Your Mind,
Got The Face Of An Angel But The Stare Of A Devil Inside.

Got Hell Looking Up, Heaven Looking Down,
People Say The Woman’s Got An Evil Eye.
Got Hell Looking Up, Heaven Looking Down,
Free Me From The Woman With The Evil Eye.

I Turn Away But Still I See That Evil Stare,
Trapped Inside My Dreams I Know You’re There.
Thoughts Of Happiness You Destroyed Them All,
First Inside My Head, Then Inside My Soul.

Got Hell Looking Up, Heaven Looking Down,
People Say The Woman’s Got An Evil Eye.
Got Hell Looking Up, Heaven Looking Down,
Free Me From The Woman With The Evil Eye.

 

What’s the Use?

What’s The Use Of Paradise Or Everyday Of Livin’
They spend learning every sin in Hell

What’s The Point Of Children
When Evil Got Before Them
They Learn In Every Tale We Tell

There’s No Point In Being Kind
What’s The Use When Love Becomes An Evil Of The Mind
Oh Yeah!

What’s The Use Of Power
When The Battle Isn’t Equal
And We’re All Too Scared To Use It Anyway

What’s The Point Of Reason
When No One Wants To Listen
Deliverance Is All Too Far Away

Ooh What’s The Use
Ohh What’s The Use
Tell Me Ohh What’s The Use
What’s The Use

Love Becomes An Evil Of The Mind
What’s The Use
Love Becomes An Evil Of The Mind
What’s The Use
What’s The Use
What’s The Use.

Comments

  1. erfewh78fwetgweert says:

    THIS ALBUM IS WONDERFUL, IT’S DELICIOUS TO HEAR CROSS PURPOSES

    I LOVE BLACK SABBATH :)

  2. who wrote the lyrics?

  3. Another great album. Every song rocks. You can still hear the grunge influence (painfully obvious at times), but they don’t hold this back from being an amazing album.

  4. I think ‘The Hand That Rocks The Cradle’ is terrible! If it’s true, I don’t blame Geezer for not wanting the Black Sabbath name on this album. To my ears it sounded like they wanted to stay on the 80′s scene four years too late. Embarrassing!

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