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It’s a Labor Day special tonight in BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ.

“Labor Day, is a public and federal holiday that’s always celebrated on the first Monday in September. The Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It became official in 1894.

“Killing Yourself to Live” is the fifth song on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, the fifth album by Black Sabbath, released in December 1973. Kirk Hammett of Metallica called it his favorite Sabbath song, saying “A lot of people gravitate toward the album’s title track, “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, but for me this is the stand out cut on the album.”

“Working Class Hero” is a song originally written and recorded by John Lennon for his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, his first solo album after the break-up of the Beatles. Ozzy recorded this version for his 2005 all covers collection appropriately titled Under Cover. It also appears on the Prince of Darkness box set, released that same year. The song itself, is a commentary/criticism on the difference between social classes. It tells the story of someone growing up in the working class. According to Lennon in an interview with Rolling Stone in December 1970, it is about working class individuals being processed into the middle classes, into the machine.

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