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 2004 release of Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970–1978), Tony Iommi states the title was inspired from an incident when Geezer and Ozzy were smoking cannabis and saw fairies in boots running around a park. This prompted them to write the lyrics to "Fairies Wear Boots".[1] Iommi states it didn't come from any attack by skinheads."[2]

However in the 2010 documentary film "Classic Albums: Black Sabbath's Paranoid", Geezer Butler states the music was inspired by the band's encounter with skinheads, who are the "fairies" in 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.

The song also appears on the band's first compilation album, We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll.



  1. ^ Black Sabbath Black Box Original Black Sabbath
  2. ^ Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)
  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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