"Paranoid" is a fan favorite, the far from a band favorite. Geezer Butler told Guitar World
magazine, March 2004, "A lot of the Paranoid
album was written around the time of our first album, Black Sabbath
. We recorded the whole thing in about two or three days, live in the studio. The song 'Paranoid' was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3-minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing."Tony Iommi explained to Songfacts
: "The song was written as a filler for the album - it was never intended on being anything else. But it became a single because it was a short song, and because it became what it did, most people knew us because of 'Paranoid' in them days."