Ozzy Osbourne has released “Ordinary Man,” the title track from his upcoming album, due out on February 21, via Epic Records.
The track, which appears to be biographical, features Elton John, Guns N’ Roses‘ Slash and Duff McKagan, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
The lyrics of the song go like this: “I was unprepared for fame / Then everybody knew my name.” Ozzy then goes on to sing, “Yes I’ve been a bad guy / Been higher than the blue sky / And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man.”
John takes over to sing, “Many times I lost control / They tried to kill my rock ‘n’ roll / Just remember I’m still here for you.”
Ozzy says of the new track, “It all just came together. Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man,’ it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and plays piano on the song.”
Ozzy recorded the album after he resumed work following a period of inactivity due to medical issues. He worked on the album with producer Andrew Watt, bassist McKagan and drummer Smith.
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