He’s been knocked down, but Ozzy Osbourne gets back up again on his first new single in nearly a decade, the thundering “Under the Graveyard.” The booming ballad from his upcoming Ordinary Man album (early 2020) is proof that Ozzy, 70, is back on his game after a rough year in which he had to reschedule European and North American dates after a series of illnesses and a bad fall at home earlier this year.
“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,” Ozzy sings morosely over a spooky guitar in the song’s opening verse before dropping into the wailing chorus, “Under the graveyard. We’re all rotting bones/ Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh.”
The song about the cold grip of the death and not being able to take it with you is super on-brand for the Prince of Darkness, mashing up a bleak lyrical outlook with mountain peak-climbing guitar solos and crunching drums. The song was mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails) and features lyrics by Andrew Watt (Post Malone), Ali Tamposi (Camila Cabello) and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. “This album was a gift from my higher power — it is proof to me that you should never give up,” Osbourne said in a statement about his 12th solo release.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles and features production from Watt, who also played guitars, as well as Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on bass and the Smith on drums. “It all started when [daughter] Kelly comes in and says ‘do you want to work on a Post Malone song?'” Ozzy said of the origins of Ordinary Man. “My first thing was ‘who the fuck is Post Malone?!’ I went to Andrew’s [Watt] house and he said we will work really quick. After we finished that song, he said ‘would you be interested in starting an album.’ I said ‘that would be fucking great, but now I am thinking I don’t want to be working in a basement studio for six months! And in just a short time, we had the album done.”
Ozzy appears on “Take What You Want” from Posty’s Hollywood’s Bleeding album, which recently became the hard rock icon’s first top 10 hit in 30 years. “Duff [McKagan] and Chad [Smith] came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings,” Ozzy adds about the Man recording process. “I previously had said to Sharon I should be doing an album, but in the back of my mind I was going ‘I haven’t got the fucking strength…’ but Andrew pulled it out of me. I really hope people listen to it and enjoy it, because I put my heart and soul into this album.”
Listen to “Under the Graveyard” below.