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Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots (Ozzfest 1999)

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"Fairies Wear Boots"
Song by Black Sabbath from the album Paranoid
GenreHeavy metal
WriterIommi, Osbourne, Butler, Ward
ProducerRodger Bain
Paranoid track listing

"Fairies Wear Boots" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, from their 1970 album Paranoid.

In the liner notes to Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978), Tony Iommi states that the song title comes from when "Geezer and Ozzy were smoking cannabis outside and witnessed fairies in the park, running around wearing boots. As far as Tony knows, it didn't come from an attack from skinheads."[1] Afterwards, they wrote the lyrics to "Fairies Wear Boots".[2] Geezer Butler states in the documentary film "Classic Albums: Black Sabbath's Paranoid" that the song was indeed inspired by an encounter with skinheads, who the band members then derogatorily referred to as "fairies" for the song.[3] The song contains an instrumental at the beginning, also reprised after the song's first chorus, called "Jack the Stripper".[4]

An earlier version of "Fairies Wear Boots", taken from a session for the BBC's John Peel Sunday Show dated April 26, 1970, is on the bonus disc of the Ozzy Osbourne release The Ozzman Cometh.[citation needed]. The song also appears on the band's first compilation album, We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll.

Cover versions

  • American all-female metal band Phantom Blue covered the song on their 1995 album Prime Cuts & Glazed Donuts.
  • American thrash metal band Flotsam & Jetsam recorded the song in 2008 and included it on the remastered version of their fifth studio album, Drift.
  • American glam rock band Toilet Böys include the song on their EP Sinners and Saints.
  • Rose Hill Drive, an American power trio, covered "Fairies Wear Boots" at the 2007 Hyde Park Calling festival.
  • American jam band Widespread Panic covered the song during their summer 2007 tour and opened the 10-31-2010 NOLAween show in tribute to Ozzy who was playing at the nearby Voodoo Experience.
  • American metal band Fozzy released a cover of the song as a bonus track on their 2012 album Sin and Bones.


  1. ^ Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)
  2. ^ Black Sabbath Black Box Original Black Sabbath
  3. ^ Classic Albums - Paranoid, by Isis Productions/Eagle Rock Entertainment
  4. ^ As noted on the labels of early North American Warner Bros. Records pressings of Paranoid, (catalog no. WS 1887), released January 1971.

External links

  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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