Sweet Leaf
Black Sabbath Lyrics


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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, oh yeah
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, oh yeah

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, oh yeah, baby

Come on now, oh yeah
Try me out baby, alright, oh yeah
I want you part of this sweet leaf, oh yeah




Alright, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh try me out
I love you, sweet leaf, oh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" seem to be a paean to marijuana, celebrating its ability to open up the mind and free one's spirits from the drudgery of everyday life. The song opens with Ozzy Osbourne addressing his listeners, urging them to pay attention to his words. He then reminisces about his first encounter with the titular "sweet leaf," which he didn't initially recognize but soon grew to love. He sings of the drug's ability to show him new ways of thinking and feeling, and how it helped to shake loose the malaise that had been weighing him down.


As the song progresses, Osbourne makes clear that he sees himself as an evangelist for cannabis, railing against the "straight people" who don't understand its power and warning that they are missing out on something truly special. He promises that soon the world will come to love "sweet leaf," and he invites the listener to join him in the experience, to "try it out" and see for themselves what all the fuss is about.


Overall, "Sweet Leaf" is a passionate and unapologetic celebration of marijuana culture, and of the sense of liberation and euphoria that many people associate with drug use.


Line by Line Meaning

Alright now
Let's get started and pay attention.


Won't you listen?
Please listen to what I am going to say.


When I first met you, didn't realize
When I initially encountered you, I didn't fully understand what you represent.


I can't forget you or your surprise
I can't forget you or the unexpected impact you had on me.


You introduced me to my mind
You helped me discover and understand my own mind.


And left me wanting you and your kind, oh yeah
Because of that, I crave more of what you bring to my life.


I love you, oh, you know it
I have a deep affection for you and you're fully aware of it.


My life was empty, forever on a down
My life felt unfulfilling and sorrowful, and that seemed like it would persist.


Until you took me, showed me around
Until I met you and learned what you represent.


My life is free now, my life is clear
My life feels unburdened and transparent now.


I love you, sweet leaf, though you can't hear, oh yeah
I hold you in high regard, even if you can't truly comprehend that.


Come on now
Let's go


Try it out
Give it a try


Straight people don't know, what you're about
People who don't partake in what you represent don't truly understand it.


They put you down and shut you out
These non-participants denigrate you and don't engage.


You gave to me a new belief
You provided me with a new perspective I didn't have before.


And soon the world will love you sweet leaf, oh yeah, baby
I expect that eventually everyone will appreciate and love what you bring to the table.


Come on now, oh yeah
Let's go, alright.


Try me out baby, alright, oh yeah
Give me a chance to experience what you have, okay?


I want you part of this sweet leaf, oh yeah
I want you to join in on this experience I value so much.


Alright, yeah, yeah, yeah, oh try me out
Okay, okay, okay, please let me give it a try.


I love you, sweet leaf, oh
I truly cherish what you provide, sweet leaf.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: John Osbourne, Terence Butler, Tony Iommi, William Ward

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