PARANOID Lyrics - Black Sabbath
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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
I need something 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.
Writer: ANTHONY IOMMI, WILLIAM WARD, TERENCE BUTLER, JOHN OSBOURNE
Lyrics © T.R.O. INC.
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Simple Starter | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/2/11
This songs history is amazing... Black Sabbath wrote it during a lunch break in the studio right before a show in Germany. The best thing about Parinoid is that the song is very easy for new bands to practice and cover. It is a very simple 1/8 beat song that can be covered for just about evry version of metal there is out there... from clasic hard rock, to 80's hair and thrash metal, to todays high count death and gloom metal... it is a universial song.
paranoid song review | Reviewer: Dillon | 8/30/11
i think that this song is about a man who has been married and he has just lost all the happiness in his life because of it. i think he's trying to tell people to not get married till your ready and enjoy your life while you can!
Facts about Black Sabbath & the song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/2/09
This song is used in 2 music based video games: Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 2, and Playstation 3, and also in the video game Rock Band for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
This song is heard briefly during the film We Are Marshall.
This is about a man who is paranoid. The driving guitar and bass create a nervous energy to go along with Ozzy's lyrics.
This was used as the title to the second Sabbath album. The band wanted to call it "War Pigs," after another song on the album, but the record company made them use this instead because it was less offensive. The album cover was a literal interpretation of a "War Pig" - it showed a pig with a sword and shield.
The word "Paranoid" is never mentioned in the lyrics.
"The Wizard," a song from their first album, was used as the B-side of the single.
Black Sabbath waited 2 years before releasing another single, "Iron Man." They did not want to become a "Singles Band," with kids coming to their shows just to hear their hits. This also ensured that fans would buy the albums.
In England, this was re-released in 1980 to capitalize on the success of Black Sabbath: Live At Last, which was released earlier that year. The album was taken from a Sabbath concert in 1975 with the original band members.
Black Sabbath played this in their set at Live Aid in 1985.
Megadeth covered this on the 1994 Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black.
This was the first Black Sabbath single. It came out 6 months after their first album.
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (from Guitar World magazine, March 2004): "A lot of the Paranoid album was written around the time of our first album, Black Sabbath. We recorded the whole thing in about 2 or 3 days, live in the studio. The Song 'Paranoid' was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing."
And about Black Sabbath,
In 2005, they were finally voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were overlooked 7 times, prompting Osbourne to ask that the band be taken off the list, feeling it was a sham because fans don't vote for the inductees.
The band used to rehearse across from a movie theater. They got the idea to make scary music after seeing how much people enjoyed horror movies.
There is a 1964 Boris Karloff movie called Black Sabbath.
Iommi joined Jethro Tull for 2 weeks in 1968. He appeared with Tull on The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus special, but did not play on any albums.
According to music historian William Ruhlmann, they originally called their jazz-blues band Polka Tulk, later renaming themselves Earth, and they played extensively in Europe. In early 1969, they decided to change their name again when they found that they were being mistaken for another group called Earth. Butler had written a song that took its title from a novel by occult writer Dennis Wheatley, Black Sabbath, and the group adopted it as their new name.
Butler wrote most of the song lyrics. Ozzy did very little writing until he left the band.
One of the candidates to replace Ozzy when he left in 1978 was Michael Bolotin, who would later change his name to Michael Bolton and sing soft rock. They went with Dio instead.
They were one of the first bands to be considered "Heavy Metal." The phrase was introduced by the 1968 Steppenwolf song "Born To Be Wild."
Osbourne's solo work did much better than the Black Sabbath material after he left.
Iommi used to date Lita Ford. Ozzy did a duet with her in 1989 - "Close My Eyes Forever."
Osbourne and Dio hate each other. One of Ozzy's tours featured a dwarf who Ozzy would call "Ronnie," referring to the vertically-challenged Ronnie James Dio.
Ozzy: "Sabbath were a hippy band. We were into peace."
Ozzy: "The only black magic Sabbath ever got into was a box of chocolates."
Prior to the group truly coming together, Iommi worked in an industrial factory. On his last day on the job, his hand became caught in a piece of equipment, severing the tips of his fingers on his right (fretting) hand. Losing the tips of the fingers on your hand is a debilitating accident for a guitarist, but Iommi found a unique way to soldier on. After battling depression over the accident for quite some time, he was visited by a friend from the factory, who brought along some Django Reinhardt records. Reinhardt was a jazz guitarist from the mid-20th century who had a disability - a couple of his fingers were fused together. When Iommi heard Reinhardt play (and after receiving a pep talk from his friend) he decided that he could overcome his misfortune. He tried various ways to cover and/or extend his fingertips, to dull the pain he now had when trying to play and to make the tips themselves move more easily over the strings. What he finally came up with was taking a plastic detergent bottle, melting it, and applying the stuff to his fingertips. Miraculously, it worked! After taking care to form the new tips to snugly fit his fingers, and experimenting with various bonding agents to secure them, Iommi found that he could play again with minimal pain.
All original members were from Aston, which is a suburb of Birmingham. They all lived in a one mile radius from each other.
Dio helped popularize the "Rock Hand Symbol" of the two middle fingers and thumb in to the palm of the hand and the pinky and index finger out as a symbol to "Rock On." He got it from his Grandmother because she used it towards what she believed to be evil people.
Could you read all that & not loose your place?Facts found on Songfacts.com
Greek review | Reviewer: Support | 9/13/09
With this song heavy metal music came to the surface!! fucking awesome!! I'm from Greece and I have to inform you that we sing it all day long! Lol :) do you know that Ozzy may sign a GREEK guitarist for his band? His name is Gus G. I'm really proud!!! The song is ΚΟΡΥΦΑΙΟ! The best of the best!
coolness | Reviewer: vicky | 2/3/09
paranoid is one of the coolestest rock songs inhole wide world. the video for the song is just awesome! both the song and the video want to make you get high. its just high in coolness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paranoid | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/24/08
From what I have researched Paranoid is a filler song that just skyrocketted BS into R&R history.
I am a huge Sabbath fan and found this so odd yet appropriate. They needed 2 min filler and just started jamming. They had no title and Geezer thought that every one is walking around,at that time, say the word Paranoid and the name stuck.
My favorite Black Sabbath song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/4/08
Great song, I feel like this often when I think too much in the day, I get paranoid. A way to avoid this is to not think at all..lol, just do it. If someone asks to go hang out with them, and you dont know the person well, do it anyway. You'll never find out what it's like if you dont take a chance.
meaning | Reviewer: rohin | 1/21/08
well i m in the same kinda position as he is. my brain jus cant stop thinkin..i mean if u realise wat life is...nd at some point everyone will...then u wiill go insane...it's jus soo sad dat the life we r livin is actually a living death...
Paranoid | Reviewer: Shayla | 7/26/07
this is a baddass song. it is known across the world. i love it. even tho i like ozzy better slol this is one of my favorite songs ever.
Paranoid | Reviewer: Bri | 4/21/07
This song is truly one of the best Rock/Punk songs I've ever heard for it's time. Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" is a song that all Punk/Rock/Heavy Metal fans should listen to.
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