"Diary Of A Madman" as written by and Rhodes Osbourne....
Screaming, at the window
Watch me die, another day
Hopeless, situation
Endless price, I have to pay
Sanity now it's beyond me
There's no choice

Diary of a madman
Walk the line, again today
Entries of confusion
Dear diary, I'm here to stay

Manic depression befriends me
Hear his voice
Sanity now it's beyond me
There's no choice

A sickened mind and spirit
The mirror tells me lies
Could I mistake myself for someone
Who lives behind my eyes
Will he escape my soul
Or will he set me free
Is he trying to get out
or trying to intervene

Voices in the darkness
Scream away my mental health
Can I ask a question
To help me save me from myself

Enemies fill up the pages
Are they me
Monday till sunday in stages
Set me free

Lyrics submitted by A-PuNKRoCK-FReaK, edited by ARampaginWalrus

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    General CommentI think this song reflects upon Ozzy’s own life, but it’s possible he drew inspiration from one of the sources below:

    Most likely it would be famous Russian writer Nikolay Gogol’s short story titled “Diary of a Madman” published in 1835. Gogol's characters are common people and his stories are rooted in commonplace events, but his realism is simply the doorway to a weird world of broad comedy and lunacy. "Diary of a Madman" recounts one man's struggle to be noticed by the woman he loved. His diary records his gradual slide into insanity, where he finally achieves the greatness that has eluded him in real life.
    Gogol's fascination with the demonic and the irrational ultimately contributed to his own death. While he was on an extended fast, his over-zealous doctors applied leeches to his face in an attempt to alleviate his condition. But the reports show that the only effect of this treatment was to hasten the untimely and somewhat grotesque demise of this most unorthodox playwright.
    Here is a sample: "The moon is made by some lame cooper, and you can see the idiot has no idea about moons at all. He put in a creosoted rope and some wood oil; and this has led to such a terrible stink all over the earth that you have to hold your nose. Another reason the moon is such a tender globe it that people just cannot live on it any more, and all that's left alive there are noses. This is also why we cannot see our own noses - they're all on the moon." (from Diary of a Madman, 1835)
    Also of mention is the writer Lu Xun which first published Diary of a madman in 1918 in New Youth magazine, reprinted in the collection of short stories Call to Arms (1922.) The story begins with the narrator's visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his during his school years. The older brother informs him that the younger one suffered from a mental illness but got better and took a job in another city. During the time of his illness the brother kept a diary that the narrator is allowed to read. This is the "madman's diary" and its text constitutes the bulk of the story. The diary tells of the protagonist's growing obsession with the cannibalism which he believes is routinely practiced by those around him. He is convinced that sooner or later he will be eaten. As his paranoia increases, and with it his sense that cannibalism is widespread and prevalent even within his family, he despairs of saving himself. The diary ends with a poignant plea to "save the children."
    Then there was the 1963 movie titled “Diary of a madman” starring Vincent Price. It was based on the story "La Horla" by Guy de Maupassant. It’s an interesting story of a worldly pernicious spirit called the Horla. The Horla used mortal men as hosts to commit acts of mayhem and murder. Vincent Price plays magistrate Simon Cordier who becomes enchanted by the evil specter. Price is a man who is poised in his official capacity, shows almost juvenile affection for an artist's model he falls in love with and gains sympathy as he gradually loses all dignity under the spell of the Horla.
    swaldoon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentozzy is one of the older performers that i adore, he rawks .. no matter how old he gets he will always be a great ass singer, rock on ozzy <3 ;)
    xgrrbabion May 02, 2002   Link
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    dr.jacobon May 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnice...very nice. It's such a great song and the lyrics are just so gripping....
    glendora04on May 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song really impressed me, i didnt think much of ozzy after hearin a few new songs, except maybe perry mason which is pretty good, but this song is great lyrically and musically, anyone know what album its off and when it was made?
    fleaaaaaaon June 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song... off of the album "Diary of a Madman" and released in 1981.
    jc6mdon June 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno matter what anyone says i think ozzys best work was with black sabbath
    Hindenbergon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWonderful song, great lyrics. Maybe it's about Alester Crowley? His auto-biography was also called "Diary Of A Madman" and Ozzy was obviusly a big fan of Crowley(ie "Mr Crowley").

    Any one heard A Perfect Circle do this song? They mix it up a bit, but it's a wonderful cover. And the guitar in the Perfect Circle version is even better than the original, beleive it or not.
    Muzzyon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe madman here refers to Ozzy himself! Its about him, his manic depression & the life on tour.
    han2on June 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great fucking song. ozzy rules no matter what anybody says
    ZakkWyldeBLSon May 03, 2004   Link

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