Ozzy Osbourne has unveiled “Ordinary Man,” featuring Sir Elton John. It’s the title track from Osbourne’s forthcoming 12th studio album.
On the powerful track, the ex-Black Sabbath frontman recalls his rock star life, drug addiction and road to redemption. “I’ve been a bad guy, been higher than the blue sky / And the truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man / I’ve made momma cry, don’t know why I’m still alive / The truth is I don’t wanna die an ordinary man,” he sings, backed up by John on piano and Guns N’ Roses’ Slash on guitar.
John takes the lead on the second verse: “Many times, I lost control, they tried to kill my rock ’n’ roll / Just remember I’m still here for you / I don’t wanna say goodbye, when I do, you’ll be alright / After all, I did it all for you.”
“Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton,” Osbourne said in a statement. “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.”
Listen to “Ordinary Man” below: