I learned something today.
I’ve been a Black Sabbath fan since I was a kid. I still have their Paranoid album, and I still enjoy listening to it (and even play drums along with it on occasion). I know the songs by heart.
One thing, though, has puzzled me over the years. I wondered why more people haven’t objected to the title song. I always thought it encouraged people to commit suicide, saying “I’m telling you to end your life, I wish I could but am too late.”
Well, my family and my brother’s family got each other Rock Band for Christmas. It’s a video game where one person plays guitar, another plays guitar or bass, anther plays drums, and another person sings. In essence, you form a rock band and play song covers.
One of the songs you play is Paranoid. Because someone else wanted to play the drums, I said I’d sing. It’s sort of like karaoke; the game feeds you the words and you sing along. Guess what? Paranoid doesn’t have Ozzy telling people “to end your life”. What I just learned is it actually says, “I’m telling you to ENJOY life, I wish I could but am too late.”
Wow! Quite a difference.