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"I'm a Loser" and "Paranoid"


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I was cranking some Sabbath on the way to work this morning. It suddenly occurred to me while listening to "Paranoid" that the lyrics are similar in a lot of ways to the Beatles' "I'm a Loser." Obviously the Sabbath lyrics are a lot less light-hearted, but compare especially the respective final verses:

"What have I done to deserve such a fate

I realize I have left it too late

And so it's true, pride comes before a fall

I'm telling you so that you won't lose all"

(One of John's great lyrics, IMHO...the Beatles were great at engaging the listener...)

"And so as you hear these words telling you now of my state

I tell you to enjoy life I wish I could but I'm too late."

Very similar flavor. Sabbath were big fans of the Beatles, so there might be an influence there......

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