Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker Suicide is slow with liquor Take a bottle and drown your sorrows Then it floods away tomorrows Away tomorrows
Evil thoughts and evil doings Cold, alone you hang in ruins Thought that you'd escape the reaper You can't escape the master keeper
'Cause you feel life's unreal, and you're living a lie Such a shame who's to blame and you're wondering why Then you ask from your cask is there life after birth What you sow can mean hell on this earth Hell on this earth
Now you live inside a bottle The reaper's traveling at full throttle It's catching you but you don't see The reaper is you and the reaper is me
Breaking laws, knocking doors But there's no one at home Made your bed, rest your head But you lie there and moan Where to hide, suicide is the only way out Don't you know what it's really about
Ah, now people, you really know where it's at Ah, ah you got it, fox Get the flaps out, Satan, Satan, Satan, ha ha ha
Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker Suicide is slow with liquor Take a bottle, drown your sorrows Then it floods away tomorrows Take me away Oh, oh, tomorrow It's never gettin' fixed, no flaps, nobody, no flaps, nothing?
Writer/s: DAISLEY, OSBOURNE, RHOADS
Publisher: T.R.O. INC.
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Bob from Msi'm a recovering alcoholic. The song is misunderstood, but I know exactly what he means.
Greyhound from Staffordshire EnglandPeople read what they want to read in a song. It's just a great song like so many others. I read it as a warning of the excessive consumption of alcohol.
George from Vancouver, CanadaGet the flaps out, Satan, Satan, Satan, ha ha ha
Look: he's taunting Satan, calling him a p*ssy! He's saying life has nothing tofear from Satan. Satan has no power over your life. It's YOU & YOUR choices. Ozzy kept going -- no suicide there - yeah, he kind of is saying his drug & booze use is a slow suicide, but that's not praising it, it'sd crying for help.
George from Vancouver, CanadaOzzy's lyrics show he was all about life & living it to the fullest. He preaches love & joy, not darkness & demons(as are the accusations from haters); his Church of Satan thing sold records & concert tickes, that is all! This song speaks of how bad suicide is, whether fast or slow. The kid who listened to it for 8 hours straight had a problem & he hoped to find a doorway out in the lyrics. Likely he sensed there was an underlying message of salvation, but was having trouble zeroing in through his own depression & suicidal feelings. Ozzy says suicide is NOT a solution, ultimately. People make it one, but it doesn't work, because you still were born & lived.
Ask fans, not haters, what songs mean!
George from Vancouver, CanadaWhile various interviews have Ozzy stating that he wrote this song about deceased AC/DC singer Bon Scott, Bob Daisley (bassist, writer and lyricist for several solo Ozzy records) has claimed that he actually wrote the lyrics about Ozzy and his excesses at the time. The two camps have fought over correct credit and publishing for years.
The main guitar riff in the song, written by guitarist Randy Rhoads, is loosely based on the riff that Rhoads wrote for the verse of the Quiet Riot song “Force of Habit.” Rhoads was Quiet Riot’s guitarist in the early years, and can be heard on their two first albums, released in Japan only, and a later compilation featuring songs and demos from that era, re-mixed and re-tooled.
George from Vancouver, CanadaIn his autobiography "I Am Ozzy," Ozzy tells the story of how he and Randy created the song:
We were at a party for a band called Wild Horses at John Henry’s, a rehearsal studio in London. Everyone else was f--ked up on one thing or another, but Randy was sitting in a corner experimenting with riffs on his Flying V, and all of a sudden he just went “Dah, Dah, D'La-Dah, DAH D'La-Dah.” I shouted over, “Whoa, Randy! What was that?” He just shrugged. I told him to play what he’d played, then I started to sing this lyric I’d had in my head for a while: “Wine is fine, but whiskey’s quicker, suicide is slow with liquor.” And that was it, most of the song was written, right there. The night ended with everyone on stage, jamming.
Jodie from XxI don't know if any of you have read Bob Daisley's book "For Facts Sake", but it's really good book and well written by Bob himself. In that book he talks about the writing process of these great songs like this one that he wrote for Ozzy. He wrote the lyrics to quite a few of Ozzy songs, including this one. He's a very interesting and extremely talented guy.
Brandee from Santa Clara, NmTo me, it always sounded like he was just saying suicide in an echo. By the way one of my fave Ozzy songs
Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationThe words "bodge" and "flaps" heard in some Ozzy songs such as "No Bone Movies" and "Suicide Solution" are alternative words for vagina and breasts.
Ian from Los Angeles , CaOur justice system in america looks pretty dumb because we believe that a song could kill. If thats not stupid i dont know what is. Sure Ozzy gets crazy at live events but he doesn't tell people to get the gun and shoot themselves.To the parents of the child: your child was depressed and couldn't take it anymore. Dont go blaming a song just because it has the word suicide in it. If judge dismissed the case then he probably thinks that hes wasting his time on a pointless case.
Alice from Norwood, United Kingdomi am related to the boy who killed him self he is my moms cuz and the boy was nuts he lisend to the song for 8-10 hours straight that says something so i say that ya it is not Ozzys fault and my ma talked to him on the radio and told him that after the boy died(she is a big Ozzy fan to)
Luke from Saint Augustine, Flyou know parents instead of blaming the songs themselves maybe you should blame yourselves. your parenting must be sub-par if your kids even want to commit suicide. and maybe instead of just buying what ever band or song your son/duaghter want to listen to why dont you look into ozzy's song. prince of darkness anyone?
John from Vilseck, GermanyBon Scott died in February 1980. Blizzard of Ozz was released in September 1980. Perhaps the song was written about Bon Scott, but given Ozzy's less-than-lucid state of mind, you could have told him that the song was about zebras and he may believe it.
Josh from Detroit, MiThis song was indeed written by Bob Daisley(as were the majority of the first five Ozzy albums). I find it incredibly disrespectful that Ozzy claims he wrote it about Bon Scott, especially considering that the song was written BEFORE Bon died. It's one thing to steal another artist's lyrics, but it's just disgusting to lie about a dead supposed friend.
Josh from Detroit, Mi"The song's main riff was initially a way that Randy was tuning his guitar."
While Ozzy is on record saying this, it's not true. The riff was actually directly lifted from a Quiet Riot song, "Force Of Habit". In fact, if you listen to Randy's work in Quiet Riot, you'll recognize a lot of pieces he would later use in the Blizzard Of Ozz band.
Otepmanson from Grand Junction, CoI love this song,My second favorite Ozzy song actually.
Jason from Denver, CoSome stupid lawyer claims that there is a subliminal message which says " Get the gun, Get the gun, Shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot" repeatedly during the middle part of the song. Ozzy even admitted that there is an effect. It sounds like he was saying the word SUICIDE through an echo box.
Mp from Toronto, OnCkathy, judging by your comments on other songs, I guess we're one of the few who understand how badly Ozzy and Sharon screwed Bob Daisley. I really hope one day justice will be served cold.
Wendy Hieter from Elmira Heights, NyI'm sick of people saying Ozzy and metal music causes people to commit suicide or any other crime.I bet they hide the fact that some people who listen to gospel or christian music have commited crimes too.I've been an Ozzy fan for over 20 years and i still haven't killed anyone(there is still time left,lol,jk)
Richard from St. Joseph, MoIf this song caused people to kill themselves there wouldn't be any Ozzy fans left.
Jessica from Chattanooga, Tnthis song was about no commiting suicide if u read in the prince of darkness box set it says its not and he don know how the story got so twisted he was sued twice for this song judge threw it out maybe it was 3 pretty sure it was 2 isnt this why he wrote dont blame me? makes since to me
Ckathy from Glasgow, ScotlandIn an Interview Bob Daisley said That Ozzy came up with the first line "Wine is fine but whiskey's quicker, " Which is something he probably heard somewhere else. Daisley wrote the lyrics, they were about Ozzy himself whp was a bad alchoholic and a Plagerist.
Joel from Columbia, ScI am sooo sick of (mostly ignorant) people trying to blame music on everything bad that happens. If someone is going to kill themselves than they will regardless of what music they happen to be listening to at the time.
Mark from Ann Arbor, Miwho cares if it doesnt have a solo, the main riff to this song is one of my favorites. And yes the live version off tribute is dank.
Alex from St Louis, Moif only he wrote a solo for this song... aside from the live thing
Josh from New York, Nythe live version of this song is SICK with rhoads on guitar. get it off the tribute album. amazing guitar solo.
Geoff from Hanover, Canadahey Jennifer Moncton, the same thing happened with this song. Amazing song, obviously not Ozzy telling people to kill themselves if you listen to the lyrics. Simply a song of warning in regards to drinking. Amazing vocals and Rhoads is a genious.
Jennifer from Moncton, United StatesJudas Priest was the suicide contraversy not Ozzy
Jennifer from Moncton, United StatesThe reference about the lawsuit and the teen suicides was about a Judas Priest song, not Ozzy.
Dan from Renmark, Australiayeah Pat Boones ok but when I really wanna get down I whack on the ole Engelbert Humperdinck. now there's some good songwriting
Derek from Brampton, CanadaI can't believe that some dimiss the great songwriting abilities so quickly. What do you listen to Pat Boone? Not such a great person to mimic, but to simply dimiss some of the best music of the '70s is ludicrous. I have two teenage boys and all of their friends still follow his music. Yes it is that good that it has stood the test of time!
Ivan from Vancouver, CanadaI would hardly say admired by all the teenagers. In fact very many nowadays only know him for the show that he makes a fool of himself in.
Scott from Columbus, OhThere's a much deeper root of the cause that brings people to suicide... and it usually lies in the realm of depressive issues and unresolved anger, which is far beyond the emotions presented from a song. Though, music can sometimes innacuratetely remind and project how we might have felt in some situation or give a deeper meaning to the feelings we never quite understand. I would certianly never blame a song for mental instability, but it certainly is an easy way to lose yourself, and it scares me how easily people are so easily influenced.
Timothy from Vancouver, CanadaDooga, have you not seen a ozzy concert? he is the godfather of metal and admired by all teenagers around the world
Josh from Taft, CaI dont Blame Ozzy He is one of my heros besides all of the drugs.
Dooga from Cairns, AustraliaOzzy Osbourne, not really someone to be followed or admired musically. Couple of decent songs with Sabbath but for the most part not music for the ages. Just another 70's icon kids want to be rebellious following. And what a pitiful TV show. Seems like a good Dad though.
Ravyn from Hell, Ny"This song cause me lawsuits from parents and scorn from religious leaders. I'll never know why the message got so twisted. The lyrics are about drinking yourself to death. I was not condoning suicide." - Ozzy Osbourne
Josh from Las Vegas, NvBon Scott and Ozzy both rule.
Canice from Bangalore, Indiathe words were 'just do it' from stained class-judas priest-in the 90s
Ferris from Ohio, OhI also heard about how there was this one case where these other kids commited suicide because of this one "hidden message" in a Judas Priest song. It was a pretty famous case.
Angela from Seattle, WaI think it's nuts to blame a song for somebodys death it's like blaming Madonna for having sex with someone!
Eef from Zoutleeuw, BelgiumActually, it's just their own fault, I mean who's stupid enough to do shoot themselfs trough the head because a song tells them it would be the same as, when someone asks you to jump off a cliff...
Jennifer from San Jose, Cai dont know guys, ozzy is a pretty strange dude...
Echooes from Atlanta, GaYes no one can deny the lyrics of this great master piece, but as usual some stupid freaks gave this song a whole different meaning than the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy tried to relay. It is more like you can do all sorts of things...u can drink heavily, kill yourself, but ultimate question comes to "how does that help"
Josh from Sunbury, PaScrew all the a__holes who think Ozzy is the reason why America is bad or that he is spitting out harmfull meanings.... if anything, this song probabally helped people....
Jose from Concord, CaHe says 'Come one now people, why try. Get the flasks out'.
Damien from Somewhere, Irelanddamn straight no way is an artist gonna tel his liseners to kill themselves its idiotic . subliminal messaging my bollox
Xero from Warsaw, MoThe words 'Why try why try, get the gun and fast, shoot shoot shoot' were supposidley in the song, but was claimed to have just been Ozzy screwing around on the sound effects processor. Ozz was sued 3 times over this. All of the cases were dismissed.
Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off” was inspired by how she'd learned to deal with all the false rumors that circulated about her. "The only thing we can control is our reaction to that ,” said Swift. "You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off."
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.