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Behind The Wall of Sleep, sometimes referred to as "Behind The Wall" is the third track off of Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album.

The intro to this track is entitled "Wasp".

The song's lyrics are based on H.P. Lovecraft's short story "Beyond The Wall of Sleep".

On the North American version of the album, the song is merged with "N.I.B.".

John Peel Session

On Ozzy Osbourne's compilation album The Ozzman Cometh an live demo recording of the song was released on the limited edition first pressing of the album on the second disc (along with "Fairies Wear Boots").

This renditon is mostly the same as in the 1997 live album Reunion.

Lyrics

Visions cupped within a flower

Deadly petals with strange power

Faces shine a deadly smile

Look upon you at your trial

Chill and numbs from head to toe

Icy sun with frosty glow

Words that grow read to your sorrow

Words that grow read no tomorrow

Feel your spirit rise with the breeze

Feel your body falling to its knees

Sleeping wall of remorse

Turns your body to a corpse

Turns your body to a corpse

Turns your body to a corpse

Sleeping wall of remorse

Turns your body to a corpse

Now from darkness there springs light

Wall of Sleep is cool and bright

Wall of Sleep is lying broken

Sun shines in you have awoken

Black Sabbath (album)
Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B., Evil Woman, Sleeping Village, Warning