Song Lyric Sunday: Name that tune – ‘Paranoid’

This week’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday is songs with recognisable intros.

There is a TV show that runs at teatime on Saturdays (when it’s on) on the BBC and it’s called ‘The Hit List’. Its basis premise is that four teams of two – whether members of the public or ‘celebrities’ that I’ve never actually heard of – compete to name songs and their performers as quickly as possible.

The songs can be from anywhere between the 1970s and the present day. I find that I’m pretty much lost with anything after about 1990, and as for the two thousands then I haven’t got a hope.

However, I got this one from the very first note, quicker than any of the competitors. It was released in September 1970, so I would, wouldn’t I?

Finished with my woman ’cause she couldn’t help me with my mind
People think I’m insane because I am frowning all the time
All day long I think of things but nothing seems to satisfy
Think I’ll lose my mind if I don’t find something to pacify

Can you help me occupy my brain?
Oh yeah

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can’t find
I can’t see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind

Make a joke and I will sigh and you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel and love to me is so unreal

And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but it’s too late

Written by ‘Geezer’ Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill ward

Song Lyric Sunday 20 November 2022


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