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|Song by Black Sabbath from the album Master of Reality|
|Released||July 21, 1971|
|Recorded||Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, 1971|
Warner Bros. Records (US)
|Writer||Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward|
|Master of Reality track listing|
"Sweet Leaf" is a song by Black Sabbath from their 1971 album Master of Reality. The song, a hymn to recreational cannabis use, got its title from a packet of cigarettes bassist Geezer Butler bought in Dublin that claimed the tobacco was "the sweet leaf." ("Sweetleaf" is also an English name for stevia.) The song begins with a tape loop of guitarist Tony Iommi coughing. The song can be seen as a very early incarnation of Doom metal.
"Sweet Leaf" has been covered by:
- Ugly Kid Joe on their 1991 EP As Ugly as They Wanna Be.
- Six Yard Box on their 1993 Imagination Is Greater Than Knowledge
- Storm Orphans on the 1993 Marijuana's Greatest Hits Revisited.
- Sacred Reich on the 1995 compilation album Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML.
- Stuck Mojo on their 1996 EP Violated.
- Mogwai on a 1998 split single with Magoo on Fierce Panda Records
- Ancient on the 1999 Det Glemte Riket.
- Godsmack on the 2000 Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black II.
- Six Feet Under on their 2000 album Graveyard Classics.
- Bigelf on their 2001 EP Goatbridge Palace.
- Galactic on their 2001 live album We Love 'Em Tonight: Live at Tipitina's.
- Gov't Mule on their 2003 DVD The Deepest End, Live In Concert.
- Widespread Panic on their 2004 live album Jackassolantern.
- Sapattivuosi on their 2005 Vol. 2.
- Alexisonfire on the 2006 Trailer Park Boys The Movie Soundtrack.
- Thou on the 2009 EP Through the Empires of Eternal Void.
Credited use in other songs
Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, and Ward are credited for the following songs because of the use of instrumentation of "Sweet Leaf":
- "Sweat Loaf" by The Butthole Surfers on their 1987 album Locust Abortion Technician.
- "Busted in Baylor County (Sweet Leaf version)" by Shooter Jennings on their 2005 album Put the "O" Back in Country.
Portions of "Sweet Leaf" have been sampled by:
- The Beastie Boys for "Rhymin' & Stealin" on their 1986 album Licensed to Ill.
- Murphy's Law sampled the beginning of this song at the end of "Quest for Herb", which appears on their 1989 album Back with a Bong.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante plays the main riff as the outro on their song "Give It Away".
- Pansy Division for "Headbanger" on their 1997 compilation album More Lovin' From Our Oven.
- The ending of "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" cover by Anthrax on their I'm The Man EP has Sweet Leaf main riff introduction preceded by coughing.
The original version of the song has been made available and playable in music video game Guitar Hero 5 on March 29, 2010. A cover of the song is also available for download in the similar Rock Band series.
- Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978. Rhino. 2002.
- "Guitar Hero's February Downloadable Content Lineup Packs a Powerful Punch With Fresh Music From Top Bands". Activision. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28.