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Black Sabbath - "Paranoid" - Live 1970

Updated: Jun 29




On October 10, 1970, Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ''Paranoid.'' The album which contains some of the band's best-known signature songs, including the title track, 'Iron Man' and 'War Pigs' is now regarded as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums.


"Paranoid" was the first Black Sabbath single release, coming six months after their debut album was released. Black Sabbath.


"Paranoid" eventually became the name of the album, and somewhat unusually, the word paranoid is never mentioned in the lyrics. Originally the band had wanted to call the album War Pigs after the song of the same name, but the record company persuaded them to use "Paranoid" instead because it was less offensive.





Lyrics


Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind

People think I'm insane because I am frowning all the time

All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy

Think I'll lose my mind if I don't find something to pacify

Can you help me, occupy my brain?


Oh yeah

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can't find

I can't see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind


Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry

Happiness I cannot feel and love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state

I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it's too late



Songwriters: Michael Butler / Ozzy Osbourne / Tony Iommi / William Ward






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