LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #17 – “Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
After twelve years of fronting one of the darker heavy metal bands to ever grace the mainstream with Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne made his solo debut in 1980 with the album Triumph and solidified himself as a rock icon with a song known as much for it’s incredible guitar solo as it is for Ozzy’s maniacal laughter. Of course, younger audiences unfamiliar with the original were exposed to the musical masterpiece by none other than rap artist Trick Daddy along with Lil’ Wayne and Twista, who sampled the guitar riff on their 2004 track, “Let’s Go,” which has since been featured in movies such as “Stomp The Yard,” “Megamind,” and, “Neighbors.”
True to it’s time period, “Crazy Train” deals with the fears of total destruction and/or isolation that were present in society during the Cold War Era. Surprising by the cynicism in much of the song, the opening lyrics sung by the “Prince of Darkness,” could very well have been lifted from Jesus himself, as Ozzy screams, “Crazy, but that’s how it goes; millions of people living as foes. Maybe it’s not too late to learn how to love, and forget how to hate.” Wow! In Christ’s famous Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5: 43-44, he echoes this same sentiment, exhorting, “43 “You have heard that it was said, You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who harass you.” As Christians, we are called to love friends and enemies alike, even the ones who are “living as our foes.”
Loving Christ, somehow, someway, your Spirit inspired even one particular bat-biting metal legend to pen some prophetic words. By your grace, teach us to “learn how to love and forget how to hate.” Amen.