Ford recorded this as a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, and the pair wrote the song together. Ford was once engaged to Tony Iommi, who played guitar with Osbourne in Black Sabbath. Ford, along with Joan Jett, was in the all-girl teenaged rock group The Runaways from 1975-1979. Her time with the band honed her skills as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.
The song came about by accident during a night of drinking and getting stoned when Lita was being managed by Ozzy's wife, Sharon. She recalled to Metal Underground: "Close My Eyes Forever was a mistake. It was just me and Ozzy and Sharon hanging about in the recording studio. They showed up one day and had a housewarming present for me: a life-size duplicate of Koko the gorilla from the San Diego Zoo. It was freaking huge – I had to strap it in the front seat of my jeep to get it home. Ozzy stayed, Sharon got bored and left, and me and Ozzy had a couple of drinks and we were jamming. We started singing, messing about and we wrote 'Close My Eyes Forever.'
Next thing I knew the sun was coming up. I looked at him and went, 'Uh-oh, we're in trouble.' Sharon had been waiting all night. We were a long way from where Ozzy had to go. He said, 'Can you drive me home?' I said, 'No, I can't.' We were stoned out of our minds. He got into a cab and I strapped Koko into my jeep and drove home – just barely made it. And then we had this hit song."
This was the only Top 10 hit of Ozzy's solo career, although he did reach #4 UK with the Black Sabbath song "Paranoid." Ozzy's fans tended to buy entire albums instead of just the singles.
This song was included on Lita Ford's third solo album, Lita. Produced by Mike Chapman, it was a breakthrough for Ford, whose first hit came with the album's first single, "Kiss Me Deadly." The songs charted a year apart, with "Kiss Me Deadly" peaking in June 1988 and "Close My Eyes Forever" in June of the following year. Both songs were driven by MTV exposure, with the photogenic Ford appealing to the network's core audience of young males.
Another Lita/Ozzy connection: Ford's drummer, Randy Castillo, left her band to join Ozzy's in 1985.
William from HellIf I close my eyes forever song in circa 2014: means that the woman e.g. Heather wants e.g. William to close his eyes forever. Meaning very bluntly that if he truly loves her suicide is suppose to be the preferred way for William to die real soon. I am in Hell so I have already died in the name of many women, and men that I have hurt. Having previously died, it sux being dead. If u love family, friends, anyone in this life... u never put yourself down. Eternal Damnation is not fun. Being dead since 69' I really never experienced life. I died in the womb. Be murdered, or die of natural causes. Suicide is permanent. It destroys everyone. I am unable to be forgiven by God, or Jesus. Yes, I love this song. It breaks my weak, old heart. Yes, I am overly emotional. I killed many people with my 'lies'...
Mark Grant from Natchitoches, LaYears ago, I was reading The Vampire Chronicles Series by Anne Rice, when I first heard Close My Eyes Forever, and I think its human nature to relate such a powerful song to current happenings in life. I remember the powerful effect the novels had on me at the time exploring the fantastical possibilites of an immortal "life" as a vampire; the changes one would experience over the centuries; the imagined romantic relationships with other vampires.... and as I daydreaming what that might be like I heard this song, and it moved me in the same way I suppose it does all of us who are compelled to post in this forum. I thought how fitting it would be to relate this song to the passage of time to a vampire. Maybe one who had spent many years dormant and then rejoined as it were, "the world." By no means do I think this is what the song was written about but to me at the time it seemed like a great fit into the soundtrack for one of the movies that was at that time not yet even heard of.
Tomi from Spokane, WaAn amazingly powerful song! I heard it on a classic rock station one day and nearly fell over! I couldn't believe I was hearing this from OZZY and Lita Ford! I can't even begin to say how deep this song seems, so for them to have just come with this during a Jam session is pretty amazing too! I guess when I would think of a jam session, I think of maybe lighthearted just screwin around on the guitar right? Okay, so I should know better, right? A Metal God and a Rock Goddess jamming out. Right, can't be the happiest material out there... They must've been getting something out of their systems with this!
Shari from Bronson, FlThis is my opinion on the song meaning... The girl had a troubled childhood, she grew up addicted to drugs. He tries to help her, but is torn between "if she is going to get well" versus "is she always going to be like this" The words "youre like a dagger, that sticks in my heart and then taste the blood from my blade' It is HIM giving her an choice to be sober or he'll leave also, In the beginning of the song she says is it love on my mind or is it fantasy... to me, she's been messed up on drugs for so long she dosent know what is real anymore. her verse will you ever take me? will you ever trust me? He is basically giving up on her and she sees it. the close my eyes forever is her saying if I die would you change your mind will it change how your feeling for me. This is just my opinion.
Maki from Moses Lake, WaThis is one amazingly powerful song. Seriously. No 'if's, ands' or buts'. I heard it a few years back on my classic rock station... my first thought of course, was Ozzy?! And then, I started listening to it... the music and the words are just so powerful in this song. Yes, it does suffer a little from 80's clichés but not in a bad way, I think. The emotion in their voices, especially Lita's, is amazing. It almost chokes me up. I will agree with those who believe it was about a close relationship destroyed by betrayal, this time, on the girl's behalf, and so she is trying to ask for his forgiveness but they liken the relationship to death and he tells her she must 'close her eyes' and move on with her life, let their past die...
Bob from Somewhere, VaEpic. Just crappin' epic.
Andrew from Colton, CaMy parents tell me a story about a boy they went to high school with, he was madly in love with a girl who ended up breaking up with him. Everyday he would drive around the parking lot of the shopping center where she worked playing this song very loudly so everyone would hear. One day he didnt go to the parking lot to play this song, they had found him dead. He had killed himself cuz he couldnt get his girl back.
Uno from Ramallah, Israelyou are all high. It's art.
I love you all
Craig from Manitowoc, WiOne heck of an awesome song. I play it every day at least three times or more.
Nicole from Plymouth, MaI think this is an amazing song. It was well written. I believe it's about a love that has gone bad. Because soemtimes with love comes pain. It talks about a battle that two just can't seem to over come. Sometimes we just have to let go :(
Ashley from Larsoe, Lai love this song i danced to this song for my wedding and it is MY NUMBER ONE HIT
Mary Ann from New York, United StatesI feel this song is telling someone, their relationship will never be same (no matter how in love they were at one time). It may still be the same for her, but he is fighting it (knowing he will never forget her). When two people felt they were soul mates at one time, these feelings will never disappear. Not too many experience love --- it is a very rare experience. I only wish everyone could have experienced but I have in this past year and a half. Lies can pull people apart, but if it is true love, it will always be there.
Jay from Whittier, CaThis is actually one of my favorite songs because it's one of the few songs where the woman narrates her self as the cheater or unfaithful one in a relationship and is asking the guy for forgiveness. And to be honest when I first heard this song I thought it was about vampires because of all the 80s metal metaphors and similes. In my opinion the song has be dated because of that. I also noticed that people talk about this song as if Osbourne wrote it or as if it were his song but it is actually Ford's song and, even though he received composer credit, I doubt he had any thing to do with writing it.
Mike from Los Angeles, CaThis song is a little confusing.What childhood tragedy? It seems to me something happened to her as if see was playing a part in this song and ozzy to-like if they where married. Baby, I get so scared inside and I don't really understand Is it love that's on your mind or is it fantasy
Heaven, is in the palm of my hand, and it's waiting here for you What am I supposed to do with a childhood tragedy. I love this song there is something in it.Not to be volgur childhood rape?that what it kind of sounds like kinda. Can she trust him is this just a fantasy.Man iam I looking to far into this? I grew up in the 80s born in 65 and this was going on alot. I had friends in los angeles where I grew up lots of child abuse. Perhaps it was husban abuse?
Ruby from San Juan, TxPersonally I love this song even though the meaning to the song is a little ironic due to the fact that it was mine and my ex boyfriends! But i always got confused because when she says he's the dagger that has struck her heart.
Mary from Phoenix, AzCalm down Michelle. When you use all caps, it's like you're yelling...at Dawn. She was only giving her take on the song. Maybe Ozzy wants people to see different meanings to his songs and that's why they're so hard to comprehend.
Michelle from Moncton, CanadaI HAVE BEEN A OZZY FAN FOR ABOUT 19 YRS AND THIS SONG IS NOT ABOUT A OBSESSED FAN OR MORBID LOVE IT IS ABOUT A GIRL WHO CHEATED ON HIM AND HE IS TELLING HER TO CLOSE HER EYES FOR HIM FOREVER MEANING TO FORGET HIM BECAUSE HE WILL NEVER TRUST HER OR BE ABLE TO FORGIVE HER. OZZY DO NOT WRITE LOVE SONGS THAT ARE EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THERE IS ALWAYS A HIDDEN MESSAGE. I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF HIS FOR YEARS AND MANY YEARS TO COME. OZZY ROCKS AND WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO HIM SINCE YOU WHERE A KID AND THREW YOUR TEENAGE YRS THEN U ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD HE SAYS AND BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND TO MEANING TO HIS SONGS. GIVE IT A LISTEN AND REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO IT AS A LOVE BALLAD WRITTEN BY ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE SINGERS OR ARTISTS. THANK MICHELLE FROM CANADA
Kim from Mishawaka, InWhy do people always gotta find something to put a song down for? I really like the song!!! Ozzy always has and always will sing some of the best songs ever. In my eyes Ozzy will always be the greatest legend that ever lived!!!!!!!
Jon from Grand Forks, NdGotta disagree. I think it's about an obsessed fan who offers herself to a rock Icon, and is ashamed at being rebuffed. Not based on fact, of course, but Lita Ford is such a fan of Metal that I think she wanted to do this song as an allegory to groupies who take stuff too far.
Dawn from Colonial Heights, VaMy take on this song is that I see it as a morbid love song. It seems like Ozzy is offering her eternal comfort if she kills herself/or let him kill her. I might be wrong but that is what I see it as.