Behind the Meaning of Ozzy Osbourne’s Power Ballad “Mama, I’m Coming Home”

When Ozzy Osbourne was working on his sixth solo album No More Tears, he co-wrote several tracks on the album with late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, including the Grammy-winning “I Don’t Want to Change the World,” along with “Desire,” “Hellraiser,” “Road to Nowhere,” and the hit ballad “Mama, I’m Coming Home.”

Somber Meaning

More somber in tone, “Mama, I’m Coming Home” revealed a more enlightened state for Osbourne, who had been struggling with sobriety and quit drugs and alcohol prior to working on the track. No More Tears, and specifically “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” showed a more reflective and surprisingly softer side of Osbourne, who was coming to terms with his addictions.

Times have changed and times are strange
Here I come, but I ain’t the same
Mama, I’m coming home
Time’s gone by, it seems to be
You could have been a better friend to me
Mama, I’m coming home

Life or Death

Co-written with Kilmister as well as Osbourne’s longtime guitarist, Zakk Wylde, the lyrics are inspired by the realization that he would be dead if he didn’t get sober and is dedicated to his wife Sharon, who stuck by him through all his crazier days.

You took me in and you drove me out
Yeah, you had me hypnotized, yeah
Lost and found and turned around
By the fire in your eyes

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