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Ozzy Osbourne, Anglican?

August 26, 2010

Speaking of “Christian rock-stars,” (see below) I just saw this over at Andrew Sullivan’s blog–it’s a quote from the Wikipedia page “Christianity in mainstream metal.”

Ozzy Osbourne, heavy metal singer and ex-Black Sabbath member, shows God in a positive light through his lyrics (despite his controversial past and his false reputation as a Satanist), and on a radio interview in 1983 stated that he was a member of the Anglican Church of England.

I had no idea. Here’s Ozzy live and in concert singing “After Forever.” Now that is Christian ROCK!

Click below for the text of the lyrics. Trust me–it’s worth it.

Have you ever thought about your soul – can it be saved?
Or perhaps you think that when you’re dead you just stay in your grave
Is God just a thought within your head or is he a part of you?
Is Christ just a name that you read in a book when you were in school?

When you think about death do you lose your breath or do you keep your cool?
Would you like to see the Pope on the end of a rope – do you think he’s a fool?
Well I have seen the truth, yes I’ve seen the light and I’ve changed my ways
And I’ll be prepared when you’re lonely and scared at the end of our days

Could it be you’re afraid of what your friends might say
If they knew you believe in God above?
They should realize before they criticize
that God is the only way to love

Is your mind so small that you have to fall
In with the pack wherever they run
Will you still sneer when death is near
And say they may as well worship the sun?

I think it was true it was people like you that crucified Christ
I think it is sad the opinion you had was the only one voiced
Will you be so sure when your day is near, say you don’t believe?
You had the chance but you turned it down, now you can’t retrieve

Perhaps you’ll think before you say that God is dead and gone
Open your eyes, just realize that he’s the one
The only one who can save you now from all this sin and hate
Or will you still jeer at all you hear? Yes! I think it’s too late.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2010 7:35 pm

    Yes.

  2. August 31, 2015 10:53 am

    Nice Piece! I was a big Ozzy and Alice Cooper nut in my teens, so this is good news — maybe Alice can lead him a lot closer. :) Bazza in Toronto

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