Ozzy Osbourne: Mr. Crowley Meaning
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Mr. Crowley Lyrics
Mr. Crowley, did you talk with the dead
Your life style to me seemed so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
You waited on Satan's call
Mr. Charming, did you think you...
anonymous Mar 14th, 2006 3:56pm report
This song is 100% about Aleister Crowley. That's it...
anonymous Jun 12th, 6:57am report
"Mr. Crowley" Was Inspired By A Book About Aleister Crowley Which Ozzy Osbourne Had Read And A Deck Of Tarot Cards That Were Found In The Recording Studio As Recording Of The Album Was Commencing. Crowley Was An English Occultist And Ceremonial Magician Who Had Founded The Thelemite Religion In The Early 20th Century.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2013 4:29am report
Just to make this part clear. 1. Page worked on the song for sometime, it's 12 parts. He played it for the guys out at Bron-y-Aur around a camp fire, Plant ran off to find a piece of paper to write lyrics down, and came out five minutes later with Stairway to heaven. Hense the song has no real mean, nothing backwards since Plants not the Crowley follower Jimmy was. The only Crowely refference was on Zepp iii where the first few copies had the saying "do as thou wilt and that shall be the whole of the law" was writing on the outside ring of the vinyl.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2013 2:10am report
This song is about Aliester Crowley, obviously (I'm worry I spelled his name wrong.) The song "Black Sabbath" is about him as well, I'm pretty sure, and messing around with witchcraft/satanism. Interesting song...
PS Black Sabbath is my favorite band.
anonymous Nov 12th, 2012 11:06am report
People, White Horse is slang for cocaine. Plain and simple. Not the horseman of the apocalypse. It's not that complicated.
anonymous Aug 14th, 2012 8:36am report
Guys, for me the interpretation is rather obviuos. You know that Mr. Crowley was a bisexual man, particpating in homo orgies, homo magic rituals and writing homo poetry. The "white horse" here stands for penis and this is a pretty good metaphore, because sounds enigmatic and as you see could be interpreted in many ways. The interpretation could be also helped by the fact, that this is the "horse" of the author - "my", so there is no way this to be cocaine or some horse of apocalypse. The second sentence continues the joke - it is clear that the author does not mean any real horse, and also the author shows he is just teasing Mr. Crowley, it is not a real question of course :)
anonymous Aug 10th, 2012 8:52am report
When satanist worship the devil they continue the practice until they have a dream of a white horse running out of their hearts...during an interview with sting in a rolling stone article the interview er asked about the white horse on the cover of ten sumnors tales. He gave three reasons the final reason was it represented a darker chapter in stings life. Do what thou will...
anonymous Jul 23rd, 2012 7:12am report
its simply about Aleister Crowley and his unique life, and Ozzy chronicled only bits and pieces of it, and the lyrics were co-written by Randy Rhoads NOT Bob Daisley! Albeit, the song is excellent, right from the opening keyboards which are haunting, to the shrilling guitar solos coupled with Ozzy lyrics and Bob Daisley's excellent bass-lines! Love this song, and Love Ozzy! Hate Crowley himself though, he was a murderer and an asshole!
anonymous Apr 1st, 2012 4:36pm report
In that case, I looked at the album and much to my surprise saw the tiny face of Bernard Shaw and Marx...Hmm...
If you believe that music does not influence culture and that culture does not influence music, you are mistaken.
In my "hood" which is a lower-middle class neighborhood, I can assure you that the gangsta culture is alive and well. Do these kids come from families of drug dealers? NO! They listen to the music that is popular and emulate or reflect or integrate it into their culture.
Same goes for all other "genres" of teens who are the most affected by what they listen to.
When your mama said, "don't listen to that crap" it was for a reason!
The Sgt. Pepper album cover is a blatently clear indicator of WHO was influencing the youth at that time: Marx, Shaw, Crowley, Orwell, Huxley, Hindu guru's, Freud, Jung, and not to mention the only women were actresses and models, or provocative cartoons. If you think this did not have a profound influence on the kids of the day, you need to do more homework!
anonymous Apr 1st, 2012 4:21pm report
WOW!!! For someone to be so adamently against sensorship that they would participate in the blackout, I find it peculiar that my honest and honestly uneducated yet profoundly intuitive opinion would offend you so. I also did not know that you have effectively monopolized the entire "lyric" empire and consider yourself part of the "industry." That's funny. I can be as unabashedly arrogant as you if I so wish. You may "sensor" me all you want, but I know how to get under your skin...You may know how to cut me to the bone, but I writhe just beneathe the surface; pulsating through your veins...can you feel it?
anonymous Apr 1st, 2012 4:24am report
It sounds like the last two people to comment were serious religous people. "White Horse" could mean a variety of things, such as one of the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse, or a form of a drug. The only way to know for sure is to ask the writer, and ozzy himself. I do not think that it is symbolic of throwing in the towel at all. A white horse hasn't been symbolized as being a white flag before, to my current knowledge. The song is of course about Aleister Crowley, and wanting to know what went on in his head, and what he meant by everything written by him, such as the writing of what would probably mean "Yours with conspiracy" when Crowley sent a letter with the same phrase meaning just that to someone. "ptolemically yours" is the phrase I am looking for. and as well, the member of Led Zeplin, Jimmy Page, sent a copy of an occult book with that written in it to ozzy, and ozzy probably wanted to know what he meant.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2012 3:04am report
Won't you ride my white horse" is posed as a question...asking that question is the equivalent to tossing in the towel, waving the white flag, giving up. Surrendering!! that's the Symbolism of it."it's Symbolic of course" asking him to give up his evil ways...
anonymous Jan 5th, 2012 1:48am report
Research Alistar Crowley, and his influence in music, not to even mention writing the Satanic Bible,and the answer should be abundantly clear. If it is not then you must be of a very sub level intelligence, or high on Satanic drugs. Although there is always the mind control aspect that comes from listening to this type of music. Either way this world is in a state of severe ignorance, and people need to wake up,and show some caution with what they absorb.
anonymous Dec 24th, 2011 12:45pm report
This song is about the British occultist Aleister Crowley. As rumors go , 'Mr.Crowley' believed he was the reincarnation of another occultist. He was born 6 months away from the guy , and if I am correct I believe he was actually born 6 months , 6 days , and 6 hours away from the guy...6-6-6.
Mr.Crowley also practiced 'sex magik' and wrote several books on it.
The song is more about Crowley's addiction to drugs , specifically coccaine.
anonymous Sep 13th, 2011 9:18pm report
Ozzy doesn't even write his own lyrics, sillys. He's a performer, and performs songs that frighten and titilate, like an actor in a horror movie. Most of these lyrics are nonsensical, but evolve around phrases that elicit mystery and creepy-ness. Anything more is in your head.
The white horse lyric is in reference to heroin. Crowley was a heroin addict, among other things (satan worshipping occultist).
anonymous Aug 24th, 2011 8:27pm report
I think it was a mix of things. Talking about a Satanist after being accused of Satanism, an obsession other artists had with Aleister Crowley, a reference to the White Horseman or cocaine, or even both at the same time. Perhaps that's why it said blatantly "it's symbolic, of course".
The point is that I think Ozzie Osbourne had this song written because he was just as curious about the subject of Mr. Crowley as we are about the definite meaning of this song.
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