Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler was asked by Guitar World on “which songs represented a breakthrough for you and your writing and why,” to which he replied:
”I suppose the lyrics to ‘Paranoid’ were the most representative of a breakthrough, as they were very personal. I had been suffering from undiagnosed depression, and the only way of dealing with it was to write about it. It was quite cathartic.”
”The sound absolutely dictated the lyrics. Songs like ‘Changes’ and ‘Planet Caravan’ called for softer ideas, while ‘War Pigs’ and ‘Into the Void’ suggested a more aggressive approach.”
It could be argued that Black Sabbath created as many new musical conventions as Muddy Waters or The Beatles. Do you allow yourself that pat on the back, and place in music history?
”Well, for so long we were written off as unimportant, particularly in the ’70s, and especially in the music press. But we stuck to our vision and carried on regardless of what the critics thought of us. We had the most loyal fans, and that’s who we really cared about. However, when we wrote our music, we did it to please ourselves, not what was expected of us, so we had a lot of light and shade on our albums.”