“I’ll give you no bullshit and I’ll never pretend”
During the Diary of a Madman tour, a lot of controversy was sparked from Ozzy Osbourne biting the head off a bat. He thought it was a toy bat, as during the song “Mr Crowley” the crowd would always throw toy bats and chickens on stage in response to having gore and blood sprayed out onto them. He bit the head off like a mad man not knowing it was actually a real bat!
“Rock and Roll Rebel” came shortly after the Diary of a Madman tour, from Ozzy’s 3rd album Bark at the Moon. The line “I’ll give you no bullshit and I’ll never pretend” is another way of saying “Don’t blame me for the world’s insecurities If they could read between the lines, people would see what’s real.”
Bark at the Moon was released on November 15, 1983, shortly after the tour ended for the previous album. It was the first album to feature Jake E. Lee on guitars, after the untimely death of Randy Rhoads.
Beneath the driving guitar riffs and heavy hitting drums, Ozzy’s message still rings loud and clear to this day: politicians will say or do anything for a vote, but could give two damns less about the actual people they govern. As the saying goes, “Do as I say, not as I do.” The song references a book several times by George Orwell, the infamous 1984, which features a similar theme and dark outlook of government taking over every part of the people’s lives.
The ministry of truth at deals with pretense
The ministry of peace that sits on defense.
They think I worship the devil, they only see through his eyes.
The ministry of fear and insecurity and all you do is pay for their prosperity.
I’m a rock and roll rebel.
Ozzy Osbourne (1984):
- Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
- Jake E. Lee – Guitars
- Bob Daisley – Bass
- Tommy Aldridge – Drums
- Don Airey – Keyboards