Paranoid
Black Sabbath Lyrics


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Finished with my woman 'cause
She couldn't help me with my mind
People think I'm insane because
I am frowning all the time

All day long I think of things
But nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind
If I don't find something to pacify

Can you help me
Occupy my brain?
Oh yeah

I need someone to show me
The things in life that I can't find
I can't see the things that make
True happiness, I must be blind

Make a joke and I will sigh
And you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel
And love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words
Telling you now of my state




I tell you to enjoy life
I wish I could but it's too late

Overall Meaning

The first verse of "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath describes the singer's break up with his girlfriend because she couldn't help with his mental state. He's constantly frowning and people think he's insane for it. The second verse explains that the singer can't find satisfaction through anything and worries he'll lose his mind if he doesn't find something to soothe him. The chorus introduces the plea for help in occupying his brain and finding happiness in life. The third verse talks about how the singer is blind to what makes true happiness and love seems unreal to him. The final verse reflects on the singer's state and how he urges others to enjoy life despite not being able to himself.


The song describes the feeling of a person who's lost in their own thoughts and can't seem to find a way out. It speaks to the struggles of mental health and the hopelessness that comes with feeling like there's no escape. It's a cry for help from someone who's been pushed over the edge and needs someone to help them find their way back.


Line by Line Meaning

Finished with my woman 'cause
My relationship was causing more harm than good for my mental health, so I had to end it.


She couldn't help me with my mind
My partner wasn't able to provide me with the support and comfort I needed for my troubled thoughts.


People think I'm insane because
Due to my constant frowning and troubled thoughts, others perceive me as crazy.


I am frowning all the time
My worrisome and disturbed mental state causes me to wear a perpetual scowl.


All day long I think of things
My mind is continuously preoccupied with various thoughts and worries throughout the day.


But nothing seems to satisfy
Despite my constant thinking, I cannot seem to find any peace or contentment.


Think I'll lose my mind
I fear that if I cannot find a way to calm my troubled thoughts, I may go insane.


If I don't find something to pacify
I need to find some source of comfort or relief for my mental anguish.


Can you help me
I am reaching out to someone for assistance in finding peace and comfort.


Occupy my brain?
Can you provide me with something to occupy my mind and distract me from my worrisome thoughts?


I need someone to show me
I require guidance and direction from someone to help me find purpose and happiness.


The things in life that I can't find
I am unable to discover any meaning, fulfillment or purpose in my life.


I can't see the things that make
I am blind to the things in life that bring true happiness and joy.


True happiness, I must be blind
I am so lost in my own mental state that I am unable to recognize the things that bring happiness and fulfillment to others.


Make a joke and I will sigh
Even if someone tries to cheer me up or make me laugh, I cannot help but feel sad and disappointed.


And you will laugh and I will cry
You will enjoy the humor that I cannot see, and I will remain in a state of sadness.


Happiness I cannot feel
I am unable to experience any happiness or joy in my life.


And love to me is so unreal
Love seems impossible and unattainable to me due to my mental state.


And so as you hear these words
As you listen to my lament, I want you to understand the gravity of my thoughts and feelings.


Telling you now of my state
I'm sharing the current condition of my mental health with you.


I tell you to enjoy life
Despite my own struggles, I encourage you to find joy and fulfillment in your life.


I wish I could but it's too late
However, I cannot find that same enjoyment in life anymore due to my overwhelming mental anguish.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Michael Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, William Ward

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@Blitz06666

Lyrics:

Finished with my woman
'Cause she couldn't help me with my mind
People think I'm insane
Because I am frowning all the time
All day long, I think of things
But nothing seems to satisfy
Think I'll lose my mind
If I don't find something to pacify
Can you help me
Occupy my brain?
Oh, yeah
I need someone to show me
The things in life that I can't find
I can't see the things that make true happiness
I must be blind
Make a joke and I will sigh
And you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness, I cannot feel
And love, to me, is so unreal
And so, as you hear these words
Telling you, now, of my state
I tell you to enjoy life
I wish I could, but it's too late



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@craigfranklin2506

Fun Fact: Did you know Paranoid was created in 20 min just to fill up 3 min in the album, and now it is one of the best songs ever, which is crazy cool if you ask me.

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@FinkleisEinhorn52

Really…so they named the record after a 3 min filler?

@92eqz57

​@@FinkleisEinhorn52 they named the song after the record because they made the song to fill a gap and had no name so why not paranoid.

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