The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

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"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"
Released 13 February 1970 (1970-02-13)
  • 4:24 (album version)
  • 4:46 (studio outtake)
Producer(s) Rodger Bain
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Evil Woman"
"The Wizard"
Audio sample

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

"The Wizard" was ranked the 25th best Black Sabbath song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[5]



The song was covered by Bullring Brummies for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black..[7]

The song was covered by Zakk Wylde's band Pride and Glory on the second disc of the reissue of Pride and Glory. Wylde had also been a member of Ozzy Osbourne's solo band at the time.

The song was sampled on Fatboy Slim's "The Weekend Starts Here", from his 1996 album Better Living Through Chemistry.


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Black Sabbath | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2019. Flush with eventual [heavy metal] genre classics like 'The Wizard,' 'N.I.B.,' and the aforementioned title cut, Black Sabbath was initially dismissed by critics
  2. ^ Wilson, Scott A. (2015). Music at the Extremes: Essays on Sounds Outside the Mainstream. McFarland. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-47662-006-0.
  3. ^ Grow, Kory (18 August 2016). "See Revealing, Lost Black Sabbath Items From UK Auction". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Black Sabbath (album) review". Metal Sludge.
  5. ^ Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN 3868526463.
  6. ^ "Black Sabbath (album) review". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ Parisien, Roch, Nativity in BlackReview, Allmusic, retrieved 15 July 2011

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