Fairies Wear Boots

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"Fairies Wear Boots"
Song by Black Sabbath from the album Paranoid
Released 18 September 1970 (1970-09-18)
Recorded 1970
Genre Heavy metal, psychedelic rock, blues rock
Length 6:14
Label Vertigo
Writer Iommi, Osbourne, Butler, Ward
Producer Rodger Bain
Paranoid track listing
"Rat Salad"
"Fairies Wear Boots"

"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 music which became 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 intro entitled "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.



  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.

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