Dan from NapervilleIt's "long grey cloak", not "funny clothes". Geezer's hand-written lyrics were recently posted to the Black Sabbath group on Facebook.
Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaBetcha their dealer gave them a bonus dime bag for free for this tribute! *LOL*
Oldpink from New Castle, InSabbath's blues roots show through loud and clear on this excellent song. After all, blues is where it ALL started. Love this song, and it's nice to hear Ozzy hit the old mouth harp for something different.
Johnny from New York City, NyThe song IS about drugs. It appears to be comparing a drug dealer to a wizard, in this case Geezer used Gandalf. The band did take drugs and songs ("Fairies Wear Boots","Snowblind","Supernaut" and Sweet Leaf") reflect that BUT some of their song's lyrics did not glorify drugs and contained warnings of drug use("Hand of Doom" and "Killing Yourself to Live").
Rocco from TorontoI love simple guitar with the harmonica. Sounds great
Greg from Huntsville, Aland also remember that since the dawn of time, magic and the like USUALLY goes hand in hand with drugs.
Paul from Liverpool, EnglandLook, let's just get this straight. The song is about drugs, whether other people e.g. Tim, like it or not. I can't stand these people who say they're 'into Sabbath' but attempt to wash away all the drug references to suit themselves. Sabbath were a 'drug band' (and all the better for it) so live with it!
Kevin from Philadelphia, PaNice mentioning Botch in the songfacts, what can I say, Botch is without a doubt one of my favorite bands... but I enjoy both versions of the song though.
James from Anchorage, AkI think the song may have been written to symbolize gandalf from the lord of the rings, it kind've fits to.
Tim from Dupont, WaWhy does it always have to be about drugs? Why can't it just be about a Wizard?
Ravyn from Hell, NyIommi said this song was about Sabbath's drug dealer when it was written.
Robert from Chicago, Ilive heard from the biggest black sabbath fan ever this is about drug dealers (i dont know his source though). but recently i read a interview with Geezer Butler:
Give us a quick memory about writing or recording the following songs:
The Wizard = The Wizard, I was reading 'Lord of the Rings' at the time, and I just based the lyrics on that. Gandalf.
Mike from Greeley, CoWell, as long as we are reading things into it, I would say that "The Wizard" is Ozzy's manic side (as in, how he feels when he is "up"(whether with the aid of chemicals or without)) in essence, the Dr. Jeckle to his Mr. Hyde(which is characterized in "Paranoid."). Or, it actually supports itself quite nicely as a a Gothic Fairy Tale in and of itself.
Michael Picard from Lapwai, IdI love the Harmonica played by Ozzy. Such a Wicked song to the maximum supreme extreme.
Quicksilver from Santa Cruz, Cathe ozzy album is "blizzard of ozz
Curlymmiv from Mesa, AzThat's an interesting idea, Chris. I never thought of it like that. But what about the reference to "funny clothes" and "twinkling bell"? Plus, the harmonica at the beginning and all-around 'happy' feel of the music makes me think of a wizard waling around, but I guess that could be in reference to drugs.
Chris from Marlboro , NjThe Wizard is a drug dealer. Song lyrics include "He turns tears into joy everyone's happy when the wizard walks by" and the chorus is "Never talking Just keeps walking spreading his magic"