"Shot In The Dark" as written by and Henry Nicola Mancini....
Out on the street, I'm stalking the night,
I can hear my heavy breathing.
Paid for the kill but it doesn't seem right;
something there I can believe in .

Voices are calling from inside my head.
I can hear them, I can hear them,
vanishing memories of things that were said,
they can't try to hurt me now.

But a shot in the dark, one step away from you.
A shot in the dark, always creeping up on you

Taught by the powers that preach over me
I can hear their empty reason
I wouldn't listen I learnt how to fight
I opened up my mind to treason

But just like the wounded and when it's too late
They'll remember they'll surrender
Never a care for the people who hate
Underestimate me now

But a shot in the dark one step away from you
A shot in the dark not a thing that you can do
A shot in the dark always creeping up on you

But just like the wounded and when it's too late
They'll remember they'll surrender
Never a care for the people who hate
Underestimate me now

But a shot in the dark one step away from you
A shot in the dark not a thing that you can do
A shot in the dark always creeping up on you


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"Shot in the Dark" as written by Henry Nicola Mancini

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  • +3
    General Commentthis song is about spiritual warfare.
    he's destroyed/defeated someone, physically or maybe just spiritually. he doesnt feel right about it tho.
    he was taught by the powers, "society" elders etc, to practice the golden rule,turn the other cheek, etc. of course its all bs, and he learns how to fight.
    when these hypocrites are being beaten, they will "remember" the crap they preach but dont practice. they will "surrender".
    but he will not care for the ppl who hate(hypocrites)
    he will show them no mercy.
    underestimate him and look down on him now, but hes like a shot in the dark- still dangerous, and in the dark, because he does not follow "white light" teachings.
    meaningmastaon September 19, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeople need to play this goddamn song more. I don't care where, but they need to cuz it's the shit.
    killswitch916on April 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds like its about a hired killer resenting his job / target to kill. Good song with a short but good Guitar solo from Jake E. Lee.
    Hunter_14180on March 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkicks* ass
    Dustpanon April 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor those who hate this song, they need to get a life, cause this song kicks ass.
    bill1985on October 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember reading/seeing an interview with Ozzy when this record came out when I was in high school and the explanation he gave was that it was about two assassins in love with each other and they found out their next assignment was each other. Very "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" but 20 years prior.
    stevekbon May 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI take back part of my last comment. It's about an assassin who has to take out someone he's in love with, so ignore the whole "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" crap.
    stevekbon May 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmm.. I think this is actually a song about the assassination of John Lennon. It's sung from Mark Chapman's point of view. Just my opinion...
    Chillinon June 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written by Phil Soussan and "The Ultimate Sin" was discontinued so the Osbourne's did not have to keep paying royalties to him.
    JonHawaii2003on June 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is about having an epiphany regarding the nature of religious doctrine and dogma. The majority of Ozzy's songs are about about rebelling against the institutions and social mechanisms of control. He specifically rails against the religious establishments. "Paid for the kill but it doesn't seem right" refers to the crucifixion of Christ". "Something there I can't believe in". Expresses the doubt that we all sometimes feel in regards to "our debt to God". The "Shot in the Dark" phrase is a reference to the sudden realization that he has been lied to all these years or the "epiphany". It's like when the truth suddenly hits you like a shot in the dark. Listen to the song again from this perspective and see the pieces fall into place. It all makes perfect sense when placed in context with the major themes of other Ozzy songs. You will find that the core message is a common theme in much of his work.
    daedrahon February 19, 2013   Link

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