Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne
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"Mr. Crowley" is a 1980 heavy metal song performed by Ozzy Osbourne, released on the album Blizzard of Ozz, Osbourne's first solo effort following his firing from Black Sabbath. It peaked at #46 on the UK charts. Musicians playing on the song are guitarist Randy Rhoads, bass guitarist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake. Don Airey plays the song's distinctive funeral organ introduction. This song and "Crazy Train" were released as singles. The guitar solos in "Mr. Crowley" is ranked number 28 on Guitar World Magazine's poll of the "100 greatest guitar solos". The song was inspired by books about Aleister Crowley which Ozzy Osbourne had read and a deck of tarot cards that were found in the studio. The song's lyrical content arguably indicates that the lyricist had little familiarity with Aleister Crowley or his philosophies. While the lyrics ask "did you talk with the dead?", Crowley, who was called the "wickedest man alive", himself did believe in reincarnation, but was an atheist who believed in neither God nor Satan. Despite this, another lyric states that Crowley "waited on Satan's call". Contrary to popular opinion, Ozzy pronounces Mr. Crowley correctly ('kroʊli'). Noted covers include Moonspell (Darkness and Hope, 2001) and Cradle of Filth (Nymphetamine Special Edition, 2005). Tim 'Ripper' Owens, (with Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar), Joe Lynn Turner, George Lynch and The Cardigans have also recorded covers of the song. Also, in the game Guilty Gear XX, the character I-No plays part of the ending solo to "Mr. Crowley" as one of her win poses. It is also a playable song in the 2008 music rhythm video game Guitar Hero World Tour, along with "Crazy Train." There is also a character found in the game Fallout 3 called Mr. Crowley, a reference to the song. In the video game Brutal Legend, a game heavily influenced by metal, Mr Crowley features in the soundtrack. Ozzy Osbourne himself stars in the game, rather fittingly, as The Guardian of Metal, alongside Jack Black, Rob Halford and Lemmy Kilmister.
John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from Black Sabbath in 1979 and went on to have a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, recording the album 13 in 2013. Show more ...
Oh, Mr. Crowley, did you talk with the dead?
Your life style to me seemed so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
You waited on Satan's call
Mr. Charming, did you think you were pure
Mr. Alarming, in nocturnal rapport
Uncovering things that were sacred manifest on this Earth
Conceived in the eye of a secret
And they scattered the afterbirth
Mr. Crowley, won't you ride my white horse
Oh, Mr. Crowley, it's symbolic of course
Approaching a time that is classic
I hear the maidens call
Approaching a time that is frantic
Standing with their backs to the wall
Was it polemically sent
I wanna know what you meant
I wanna know
I wanna know what you meant