Hand of Doom is the sixth track off of Black Sabbath's second studio album Paranoid.

This track is a favorite amongst Black Sabbath fans, it's been performed in concert numerous times and on rare occasions on "The End" tour.

Butler wrote the song after the band has observed a increasing amount of US soldiers arriving in England in the late 1960s after the Vietnam War with severe drug addictions. It's about them taking heroine to forget the atrocites of war, only for them to meet Death itself.


What you gonna do

Time’s caught up with you

Now you wait your turn

You know there’s no return

Change your empty rules

You join the other fools

Turn to something new

Now it’s killing you

First it was the bomb, Vietnam napalm

Disillusioning, you push the needle in

From life you escape, reality’s black drape

Colours in your mind satisfy your time

Oh you, you know you must be blind

To do something like this

To take the sweet that you don’t know

You’re giving Death a kiss

Poor little fool now

Your mind is full of pleasure

Your body’s looking ill

To you it’s shallow leisure

So drop the acid pill

Don’t stop to think now

You’re having a good time baby

But that won’t last

Your mind’s all full of things

You’re living too fast

Go out, enjoy yourself

Don’t bottle it in

You need someone to help you

Stick the needle in, yeah

Now you know the scene

Your skin starts turning green

Your eyes no longer seeing life’s reality

Push the needle in

Face death’s sickly grin

Holes are in your skin

Caused by deadly pin

Head starts spinning ’round

You fall down to the ground

Feel your body heave

Death hand starts to weave

It’s too late to turn

You don’t want to learn

Price of life is high

Now you’re gonna die

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