Ozzy Osbourne – “Mr. Crowley” Live
Oh, Mr. Crowley, Did You Talk To The Dead?
The combination of Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads proved to be one of the greatest in metal – with Ozzy’s lyrical prowess and Randy’s otherworldly gift as a guitarist, there was quite literally nothing that these two creative geniuses couldn’t do together! This performance of 1980’s ‘Mr. Crowley’ is a testament to the chemistry the two shared, each one playing off of the other seamlessly.
Randy plays a series of solos, starting at 2:17 – he tears through them on his signature polka dot GMW Flying-V with a ferocity and passion that was unrivaled, and while he wasn’t the overly flashy type a-la Eddie Van Halen, Rhoads was undeniably a force to be reckoned with when he picked up that guitar.
“Randy Rhoads was quite possibly the best composer and musician that I have ever met in my life. He came into my life like a bolt of lightning and as such he was gone again. I will cherish the time I spent with him till the day I die.” – Ozzy on Randy’s legacy
Randy may not be with us any longer, but it’s songs like this and performances like this that carry the legacy of one of the greatest guitarists in metal.
+ 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