News: Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi pens song for Birmingham

Tony Iommi and boys from Birmingham Cathedral Choir

Legendary Black Sabbath guitarist and proud Birmingham supporter Tony Iommi has written and released a piece of music celebrating his home city.

How Good It Is, was produced in conjunction with the Dean of Birmingham the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle and performed by Iommi and men and boys from the Cathedral Choir.

The five-minute arrangement, which celebrates peace, harmony and the Cathedral’s role in the heart of the city, features the Handsworth-born music pioneer on acoustic guitar.

Sixty-eight-year-old Iommi, who helped give birth to the heavy metal music genre in the 1960s, is currently on ‘The End’ world tour with Black Sabbath, and will be performing two last-ever gigs at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on February 2nd and 4th 2017.

He described writing the music for Birmingham Cathedral as ‘a nice thing to do’ for his hometown.

“It’s great to be involved with the Cathedral and doing something for it,” he said. “When Catherine mentioned it, it felt like a nice thing to do, to be able to give something to the city.”

Lyrics for How Good It Is

Inspired by Psalm 133

How good, oh how good…

How good it is

Where friendship dwells

How good it is

When kindred live

In peace and love

How good it is

When strangers meet

And find a home

How good it is, so good….

This is home, this is home…

Our city, God’s city, our home….

So good, so good, together, so good…

Catherine Ogle, April 2016


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