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Paranoid, was actually an accident. At the time, the band was working on their seccond album which was supposed to be called "War Pigs", but it was made aware to the band that they needed a up beat, three minute song so they could play it on the radio, as opposed to the more "album based" songs like, "Iron Man", "Fairies Wear Boots", or "War Pigs". This one was actually written by guitarist Tony Iommi, instead of normal lyricist, and bassist Geezer Butler. Paranoid became the album's single, and would be the one that would be played predominately. Since this was the single, the record executives decided that it would be easier to sell the album if it had the same name as its single. So, at the last minute, plans, and titles were changed. Unfortunately, the album cover did not. They were stuck with a strange looking man holding a sword (which would have worked had the single been War Pigs).
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This song is about prison. Most likely written by their main lyricist Terry "Geezer" Butler, but possibly inspired by singer Ozzy Osbourne's three week stint at Winsor Green Penn for non payment of fines after getting caught trying to steal a television set from a department store near his home in Aston uk.
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This song was one of their latter masterpieces. Written after the death of Robert's young son Karac Plant, and John Bonham's auto accident almost taking his life. There had been a lot of rumors about Led Zeppelin entering in a pact with Satan promising their lives for instant success. In this song. It seems that Plant is saying that he is trying to get out of the pact, which at the time of its composition, it looked as though the Devil was coming for his part of the deal.
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