New Music Friday includes a new Rick Ross track featuring former NBA star Dwyane Wade plus new albums from BTS and Ozzy Osbourne.
Naturally, the heavy metal icon’s legion of fans sent a flurry of supportive messages and wishes to “Get better soon!” But Osbourne wasn’t being literal. He was tweeting out the song “Today Is the End” from his new album “Ordinary Man”, out Friday.
The former Black Sabbath singer and reality show star’s first solo music in a decade, featuring collaborations with Elton John, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Post Malone, is filled with lyrics befitting of his Prince of Darkness moniker. Songs deal with mortality (right down to that death bed moment of passing), his past drug use and regret.
Here are the most compelling lyrics.
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‘Straight to Hell’ gives a searing view of drug use
Coming up on eight years sober following one of the wildest rock lives, Osbourne taps into the darker side with the anti-drug song “Straight to Hell.” It’s not rock glamour.
You’re flying higher than a kite tonight
You’ve took the hit and now you feel alright
Your dance be death so we must celebrate
I’ll make you scream, I’ll make you defecate
I’ll make you lie, I’ll make you steal and kill
I’ll make you crawl until your final thrill
Enjoy the ride, I’ll plant my bitter seed
You’ll kill yourself and I will watch you bleed
‘Ordinary Man’ with Elton John shows when ‘the lights go down’
The “Ordinary Man” title track, a duet with Elton John, mournfully looks at life after a rocker’s end. Powerful words coming from two legendary performers.
Don’t forget me as the colors fade
When the lights go down, it’s just an empty stage
Yes, I’ve been a bad guy
Been higher than the blue sky
And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man
I’ve made momma cry
Don’t know why I’m still alive
Yes, the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man.
‘It’s a Raid’ looks at an infamous Ozzy drug story
The collaboration with rapper Post Malone recalls a 1972 wild moment of Osbourne’s drug life with Black Sabbath.
While recording near Bel Air, California, police swarmed the band’s rented house filled with cocaine and marijuana after Osbourne accidentally set off an alarm, thinking it was air conditioning.
“I’m shouting, ‘IT’S A (expletive) RAIIIIID,” Osbourne told Sirius XM, adding that he retreated to the bathroom with a brimming container of cocaine and snorted it until the police left. “I’ve got coke coming out of my (expletive) ears! I didn’t sleep for four days after that,” he said.
I hear them breathing on my telephone
I know I’m never alone
I’ve been to places you should never go
God’s really Satan and he’s waiting for you
‘Under the Graveyard’ goes to the depths of hell
“Under the Graveyard” was the album’s first single, released last November, with an autobiographical video. It features a young, 1979 Ozzy (played by Jack Kilmer) drinking himself to oblivion in a West Hollywood motel room, complete with frequent vomiting, before being saved by future wife Sharon Osbourne (Jessica Barden).
Today I woke up and I hate myself
Death doesn’t answer when I cry for help
No high could save me from the depths of hell
I’ll drown my mind until I’m someone else
Don’t take care of me, be scared of me
My misery owns me
I don’t wanna be my enemy
My misery owns me now
Under the graveyard
We’re all rotting bones
‘Holy for Tonight’ looks at life’s final moments
The single ‘Holy for Tonight’ explores the last mile of life and continues to question a rocker’s role in the cosmic universe.
What will I think of, when I speak my final words?
What will it feel like? And I wonder if it hurts
I’ve just got a mile and I can taste the kiss of death
What will I think of when I take my final breath?
I’m runnin’ out of time forever
I know I’m someone that they won’t remember
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