Planet Caravan

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"Planet Caravan"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Paranoid
Released18 September 1970 (1970-09-18)
Recorded16–21 June 1970
Producer(s)Rodger Bain

"Planet Caravan" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. It was originally released on their 1970 album Paranoid.


Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler – who composed the song's lyrics – said the song is about floating through the universe with one's lover.[3] Black Sabbath lead vocalist Ozzy Osbourne uses a Leslie speaker to achieve the vocals' treble and vibration effects.[3] The piano parts on the track were played by album engineer Tom Allom.[3] Iommi overdubbed flute to the reversed multitrack master which was then re-forwarded and treated with stereo delay.[3]

On 31 May 2020, "Planet Caravan" was used as wake-up music for the crew of a SpaceX Crew Dragon before the craft's launch later that day. It was the first time music was used to wake astronauts since the last shuttle mission in July 2011. The craft was bound for the International Space Station.[4]

The song features an ambient and laid back sound which is often considered a departure from the band’s traditional brand of heavy metal.


  • Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
  • Tony Iommi – guitar, flute
  • Geezer Butler – bass guitar
  • Bill Ward – congas
  • Tom Allom – piano

Pantera cover[edit]

"Planet Caravan"
Single by Pantera
from the album Far Beyond Driven
LabelEast West
Pantera singles chronology
"I'm Broken"
"Planet Caravan"
"5 Minutes Alone"

"Planet Caravan" was covered by American heavy metal band Pantera for their 1994 album Far Beyond Driven.

Release and reception[edit]

The song was released as the second single from the Far Beyond Driven album, and the follow-up single to their hit single "I'm Broken" in 1994 on East West Records as a 12" single.[5] It became Pantera's highest-charting single, peaking on the UK Singles Chart at number 26.[6] Metal Hammer magazine ranked the cover of "Planet Caravan" number 31 on their list of the 50 best Pantera songs.[7]

Track listing[edit]

American single
1."Planet Caravan" (Album Version)4:03
2."Cowboys from Hell" (Live)5:08
3."Primal Concrete Sledge" (Live)3:57
4."By Demons Be Driven" (Biomechanical Mix)4:16
European single 1
1."Planet Caravan" (Black Sabbath cover)4:03
2."The Badge" (Poison Idea cover)3:56
3."A New Level" (Live)5:43
4."Becoming" (Live)4:04
European single 2
1."Planet Caravan" (Black Sabbath cover)4:03
2."The Badge" (Poison Idea cover)3:56
3."Domination" (Live)4:55
4."Hollow" (Live)2:27


Chart (1994–1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 90
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 26
UK Rock & Metal (OCC)[10] 2
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 21


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  2. ^ Segretto, Mike (2022). "1970". 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Minute - A Critical Trip Through the Rock LP Era, 1955–1999. Backbeat. pp. 232–233. ISBN 9781493064601.
  3. ^ a b c d BLACK SABBATH - The Story Behind "Planet Caravan" (DVD). 30 July 2015 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "SpaceX's 1st Crew Dragon with astronauts to dock at space station today. Here's how to watch". 31 May 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Pantera - Planet Caravan (1994, Part 1, CD) - Discogs". Discogs. 1994.
  6. ^ "Pantera (billboard)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "The 50 best Pantera songs ever". 4 February 2019.
  8. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 26 Feb 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Pantera Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 May 2021.