"Sweet Leaf" as written by and William Ward Frank Iommi....
Alright now.
Won't you listen?

When I first met you, didn't realize
I can't forget you, for your surprise
You introduced me, to my mind
And left me wanting, you and your kind

I love you, oh you know it

My life was empty, forever on a down
Until you took me, showed me around
My life is free now, my life is clear
I love you sweet leaf, though you can't hear

Come on now, try it out

Straight people don't know, what you're about
They put you down and shut you out
You gave to me a new belief
And soon the world will love you sweet leaf


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"Sweet Leaf" as written by William Ward Frank Iommi

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    General Comment"This is from a band that existed in the 70's and 80's, so Marijuana songs would be unheard of. Jimi Hendrix is the only exception."

    Man I pray to god that was a sarcastic comment.
    Muzzyon April 18, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYeah, pretty obviously about cannabis. Still, it's written well enough that you could almost just interpret it as a love song to a person, with "sweet leaf" just being a cute name. Regardless, it's definitely about cannabis.
    Shogaron October 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI can't believe there is an arguement over what this song is about. Know-it-alls would like to believe that everything they read is true, totally disregarding the fact that maybe things were written in the booklet to mislead certain people intentionally? This is a love song for cannabis. Straight up. That and the one time I saw Black Sabbath live where ozzy didn't bail out there was a gigathemntic clock that came up on the screen behind that read "4:19" and right before they started 'sweet leaf', when it started it flipped to "4:20". That and fog machines. The messed up part is that this sounds like one of the deepest love songs in metal. It's so sweet lol.
    dalenkwinton July 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYes, this song is about Marijuana- in fact, you hear Tony Iommi coughing at the beginning of it. He said this is his only (and best) vocal part in any song.
    corymanon July 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe coughing intro of the song is actually Tony Iommi!
    han2on February 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always did think that it was about marijuana. The cigarette thing is probably true, but I'm guessing that that explaination was used to make the song more politically correct. Think about the crap Sabbath would have to deal with if they explicitly said that the song promoted marijuana.
    Testaheadon March 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat cough is obvious enough. cigarette coughs don't echo.
    endofsorrow92on July 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalright.. we all know that one reason pot is illegal is because of the government not making money off of taxing it because of how easy it is to grow, but we're also forgetting that the biggest reason now is the so called "War on Drugs".. do you know how much money they're raking in on this?? that's why they're losing, they don't want to win.. if they win, they quit making money.. the War on Drugs is one of the biggest ways the government is making money today.. look it up...
    Chronic420Xon January 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is amazing to me that for the past 8 1/2 years people have been saying the same thing about this song and how sabbra21 is an idiot. Well sabbra21 actually was pretty much right. They got the name from a pack of Irish Cigarettes that said "It's the sweet leaf." They thought that Sweet Leaf was a great description of marijuana and all 4 members collectively wrote this song.
    upnsmoke00on August 07, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningIf anyone thinks this is not about marijuana needs to watch The Last Supper concert/doco. Ward and Ozzy make it perfectly clear that the song is indeed about mary jane.
    scotthendoon August 01, 2011   Link

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