Song of the Week: Ozzy Osbourne: Mr. Crowley

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Without a doubt, Randy Rhoads was the reason that I started playing guitar. He was my reason for wanting to become a lead guitar player and his playing taught me so many things on how to manipulate rhythm tracks. While Rhoads shined on every song from Ozzy Osbourne’s early solo albums, the one that everyone thinks of first is his lead solos from “Mr. Crowley” off of Blizzard of Ozz. For such a brief song, it contains so many wonderful guitar passages, both distorted and clean.

“Mr. Crowley” was written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and bass guitarist/lyricist Bob Daisley. The album came out in September 1980 in the UK and the single for “Mr. Crowley” was released in November 1980.

The track has been used in various video games and has been covered by many bands with one of my favorite versions by the mighty Moonspell.

Mr. Crowley Lyrics

Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head?
Oh, Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead?
Your life style to me seemed so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
Yeah, you waited on Satan’s door

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?
Mr. Crowley, it’s symbolic, of course
Approaching a time that is classic
I hear that maiden’s call
Approaching a time that is drastic
Standing with their backs to the wall

Was it polemically sent
l want to know what you meant
I want to know, I want to know what you meant, yeah

“Mr Crowley” is a song by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was first released on Osbourne’s debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz in September 1980 in the UK, then a live version of the song was released as a single in November 1980. The song was written by Osbourne, guitarist Randy Rhoads, and bass guitarist/lyricist Bob Daisley.