Black Sabbath - "The Wizard"

"The Wizard" is a song by the British rock band Black Sabbath, taken from their 1970 album Black Sabbath. It is the second track on the record. The song was composed by all four members of the group and was produced by Rodger Bain. "The Wizard" was the B-side to the title track of the band's second album Paranoid.

"The Wizard" is about a wizard who uses his magic to encourage people he encounters. In a 2005 interview with Metal Sludge, Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler said the song's lyrics were influenced by the wizard Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings. It was also believed to be about the band's drug dealer at the time.

The song was covered by Bullring Brummies for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black.


Misty morning, clouds in the sky

Without warning, the wizard walks by

Casting his shadow, weaving his spell

Funny clothes, tinkling bell

Never talking

Just keeps walking

Spreading his magic

Evil power disappears

Demons worry when the wizard is near

He turns tears into joy

Everyone's happy when the wizard walks by

Never talking

Just keeps walking

Spreading his magic

Sun is shining, clouds have gone by

All the people give a happy sigh

He has passed by, giving his sign

Left all the people feeling so fine

Never talking

Just keeps walking

Spreading his magic.

Songwriters: John Osbourne / Terence Butler / Frank Iommi / W.t. Ward

The Wizard lyrics © Onward Music Ltd