Black Sabbath debut album

The Wizard is the second track off of Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album. The track was composed by all four band members and included as a B-side for Paranoid in a Netherlands single.


"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. It was also believed to be about the band's drug dealer at the time.


NOTE: A fan pointed out that they got a Ozzy tour book and saw the picture of the original lyrics to "The Wizard" with the lyrics saying "long gray cloak" instead of "funny clothes". Those lyrics are confirmed and therefore they'll be added.

Misty morning, clouds in the sky

Without warning, a wizard walks by

Casting his shadow, weaving his spell

Long gray cloak, twinkling bell

Never talking

Just keeps walking

Spreading his magic

Evil power disappears

Demons worry when the wizard is near

He turns tears into joy

Everyone's happy when the wizard walks by

Never talking

Just keeps walking

Spreading his magic

Sun is shining, clouds have gone by

All the people give a happy sigh

He has passed by, giving his sign

Left all the people feeling so fine

Never talking

Just keeps walking

Spreading his magic


  • The original title of the song was called "The Sign of The Sorcerer" according to a fan that got a tour book from The Billzard of Ozz tour.
Black Sabbath (album)
Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B., Evil Woman, Sleeping Village, Warning