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Thanks for shedding some light on N.I. B I appreciate that . I thought the beard thing had to be some kind of joke lo thanks again dear brother l
When the song was first released, its title was widely rumoured to have stood for "Nativity in Black", or to a lesser extent "Name in Blood". In a 1992 interview, Geezer Butler states that the title simply refers to Bill Ward's goatee at the time, which the rest of the band thought was shaped like a pen nib; also referred to as nibby.
Apparently, Geezer Butler said: "Originally it was Nib, which was Bill's beard. When I wrote N.I.B., I couldn't think of a title for the song, so I just called it Nib, after Bill's beard. To make it more intriguing I put punctuation marks in there to make it N.I.B. By the time it got to America, they translated it to 'Nativity in Black'."
Ronnie James Did can be heard mentioning (but not confirming) this assumption on several live bootleg recordings with the band from the early 1980s and on the 2007 released Live-CD Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, recorded in 1982.
"Nativity in Black" was later used for the title of a series of Black Sabbath Tribute Albums
I don't know what N.I.B stands for, but my guess would be Night .In . Babalon ?
Nativity In Black ?
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