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Neon Knights

"Neon Knights"
Neon Knights.jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Heaven and Hell
B-side"Children of the Sea (live)"
ReleasedJuly 1980
RecordedJanuary 1980 at Studio Ferber, Paris, France
GenreHeavy metal
LabelVertigo/Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s)Martin Birch
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Hard Road"
"Neon Knights"
"Die Young"
Audio sample

"Neon Knights" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath from 1980's Heaven and Hell, their first album with American vocalist Ronnie James Dio.


"Neon Knights" was the last song written by the band for the Heaven and Hell album.[1] It was quickly written and recorded at Studio Ferber in Paris during January 1980 simply to fill time on the album's first side.[1] The lyrics were written by Dio. It is the only song on Heaven and Hell to definitely feature songwriting input from bassist Geezer Butler, the band's main lyricist during the Ozzy era. Butler was absent for most of the songwriting process due personal issues as well as his own uncertainty as to whether he wanted to remain in the band. Dio occasionally performed the song during their live shows. The venue and date of the live version of "Children of the Sea" is not specified. The song reached #22 on the UK charts, but failed to chart in the US or anywhere else.

In the UK the first 25,000 copies had a picture-bag.

Track listing

7" single (Vertigo #6837 640)
  1. "Neon Knights" – 3:49
  2. "Walk Away" – 4:21
7" single (Vertigo #SAB 3)
  1. "Neon Knights" – 3:49
  2. "Children of the Sea" (live) – 6:30


Chart positions

Chart (1980) Position
UK Singles Chart[2] 22



  1. ^ a b Iommi, Tony (2011). Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306819551.
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (9 August 1980). "Hits of the World: Britain". Billboard. 92 (32): 64. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Warrior's Cover Of Black Sabbath Classic Posted Online". 17 February 2010. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2010.

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