Australian singles chart:
Paranoid entered the Kent charts on 14 December 1970 and peaked at 26.
The song is on Paranoid which entered the Kent album charts on 4 January 1971 and peaked at #5.
As the title suggests, this song is about a man who is paranoid. The driving guitar and bass create a nervous energy to go along with Ozzy Osbourne’s desperate vocal. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, who wrote the lyric, explained the song’s meaning to Mojo magazine June 2013: “Basically, it’s just about depression, because I didn’t really know the difference between depression and paranoia. It’s a drug thing; when you’re smoking a joint you get totally paranoid about people, you can’t relate to people. There’s that crossover between the paranoia you get when you’re smoking dope and the depression afterwards.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/black-sabbath/paranoid
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