Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

Sweet Leaf is the first and opening track of Black Sabbath's third studio album Master of Reality.

The track has become a fan-favorite amongst fans and was included in the "We Sold Our Soul For Rock 'n Roll" greatest hits album.


Alright now!

Won’t you listen?

When I first met you, didn’t realize

I can’t forget you or your surprise

You introduced me to my mind

And left me wanting you and your kind

I love you.  Oh you know it.

My life was empty forever on a down

Until you took me, showed me around

My life is free now, my life is clear

I love you sweet leaf – though you can’t hear,

Come on now – try it out

Straight people don’t know what you’re about

They put you down and shut you out

You gave to me a new belief

And soon the world will love you sweet leaf.


  • The tape-looped coughing in the beginning of the song is that of Tony Iommi after Ozzy gave him a joint.
  • The title of the song is taken from a Irish cigarette package with the slogan "It's the sweet leaf".