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The Wizard is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It was first released in 1970 as the second track on the band's self-titled debut album.

It was later released as a single in France in 1970.


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.



The original title of the song was called "The Sign of The Sorcerer" according to a fan that got a tour book from The Blizzard of Ozz tour.

A fan pointed out that they got an 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 thus, are used below.


The Wizard was covered by the English heavy metal supergroup Bullring Brummies, whom Geezer Butler, Bill Ward and Rob Halford were part of, and included on the tribute album Nativity in Black.


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


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