Sweet Leaf

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"Sweet Leaf"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Master of Reality
Released21 July 1971 (1971-07-21)
Recorded Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, 1971
Genre Heavy metal, stoner rock
Length5:05
Label Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Rodger Bain

"Sweet Leaf" is a song by Black Sabbath from their third studio album Master of Reality , released in 1971. It is considered as one of the band's signature songs. It was included on their initial greatest hits compilation We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll (1976).

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

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Contents

Overview

The song begins with a tape loop of guitarist Tony Iommi coughing from a joint he was smoking with bandmate Ozzy Osbourne. [1] The song refers to marijuana, which the band was using frequently. [2] The title of the song was taken from a packet of Irish cigarettes which said "It's the sweet leaf".

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References

  1. Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970–1978 (Media notes). Black Sabbath. Rhino. 2002.
  2. http://www.complex.com/music/2012/04/the-50-best-weed-songs/sweet-leaf