The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

"The Wizard"
Paranoid and The Wizard Dutch picture sleeve.png
Cover artwork for the single, as used in the Netherlands
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Black Sabbath
A-side"Paranoid"
Released13 February 1970 (1970-02-13)
GenreHard rock, blues rock[1]
Length
  • 4:24 (album version)
  • 4:46 (studio outtake)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Evil Woman"
(1970)
"The Wizard"
(1970)
"Paranoid"
(1970)
Audio sample

"The Wizard" is a song by the British hard 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.

Information

"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.[2] It was also believed to be about the band's drug dealer at the time.[citation needed]