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Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who wrote the lyric, explained the song’s meaning: “Basically, it’s just about depression, because I didn’t really know the difference between depression and paranoia. It’s a drug thing; when you’re smoking a joint you get totally paranoid about people, you can’t relate to people. There’s that crossover between the paranoia you get when you’re smoking dope and the depression afterwards.”
Although this was the first Black Sabbath-penned single, the band’s debut single was actually a cover of Crow’s “Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games With Me” a few months before the “Paranoid” release. “Paranoid” was much more successful. It was released six months after their self-titled first album and had a huge impact in their native UK, going to #4 and becoming one of their signature songs.
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Lyrics Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Finished with my woman ’causeShe 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 thingsBut nothing seems to satisfy Think I’ll lose my mind If I don’t find something to pacify
Can you help meOccupy my brain? Oh yeah
I need someone to show meThe 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 sighAnd you will laugh and I will cry Happiness I cannot feel And love to me is so unreal
And so as you hear these wordsTelling you now of my state I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it’s too late