The Wizard (Black Sabbath song)

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"The Wizard"
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)
Genre Heavy metal, blues rock [1]
  • 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 heavy metal 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 . [2] It was also believed to be about the band's drug dealer at the time.



The song was covered by Bullring Brummies for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black.. [4]

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.


  1. Grow, Kory (18 August 2016). "See Revealing, Lost Black Sabbath Items From UK Auction". Rolling Stone . Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. "Black Sabbath (album) review". Metal Sludge .
  3. "Black Sabbath (album) review". Rolling Stone .
  4. Parisien, Roch, Nativity in BlackReview, Allmusic , retrieved 15 July 2011