Under The Graveyard

Album: Ordinary Man (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • This raging song finds the 70-year-old Ozzy Osbourne facing up to mortality. It follows a period marked by several health concerns for the rock star, which started with a bout of pneumonia. He then had a bad fall at home, which dislodged the metal rods in his spine that had been put in after his 2003 quad-bike accident. In the end, the Prince of Darkness found solace in music.
  • "Under the Graveyard" was Ozzy's first solo release since his Scream album arrived in 2010. The seeds for this track and the rest of the Ordinary Man album were sown by the veteran rocker's collaboration with Post Malone, "Take What You Want." That tune was produced by Andrew Watt, who also took the helm for this song and much of the rest of the record. The producer bought in Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses to play bass and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers for drums. Watt himself played the guitar.

    "Duff and Chad came in and we would go in and jam during the day and I would go work out the songs in the evenings," Ozzy recalled of the Ordinary 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 f---ing strength.' But Andrew pulled it out of me."
  • The song was Ozzy's third #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart, following 2007's "I Don't Wanna Stop" and 2010's "Let Me Hear You Scream."
  • The song's music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who worked with Osbourne on his clips for "Gets Me Through" and "Let Me Hear You Scream." Filmed in Los Angeles, the semi-autobiographical visual features actors Jack Kilmer (as Ozzy Osbourne) and Jessica Barden (as the rocker's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne). The story of Ozzy's troubled times in the late 1970s is told documentary-style.

    Billed as a "mini-movie," we see Ozzy's downfall with booze and drugs after he was fired from Black Sabbath in 1978. He's eventually saved by his future wife, Sharon. Said Ozzy: "To be quite honest, it's hard for me to watch because it takes me back to some of the darkest times in my life. Thankfully, Sharon was there to pick me up and believe in me. It was the first time she was there to fully support me and build me back up, but it certainly wasn't the last."

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