Bark at the Moon - Meaning of the song
Bark at the Moon was the first studio album Ozzy released without lead guitarist Randy Rhoads, who died in a plane crash the year before while the band was touring in Florida. Jake E. Lee took over on guitar. Lee and bass player Bob Daisley wrote the song with Ozzy, but weren't credited as part of an agreement they made with Osbourne's record company. The album lists Ozzy as the solo composer of all the songs, which is far from true.
This song is about a werewolf who comes back from the dead and seeks revenge. Horror archetypes are a consistent source of lyrical inspiration for Ozzy - his band Black Sabbath was named after a horror movie.
In the liner notes for The Ozzman Cometh, Ozzy wrote:
"The title for this song actually came from a joke I used to tell where the punch line was 'eat s--t and bark at the moon.' I'd had the vocal line for this and Jake came up with the riff. It was the first song we wrote together."
Bark at the Moon - Lyrics
Screams break the silence Waking from the dead of night Vengence is boiling He's returned to kill the light Then when he's found who he's looking for Listen in awe and you'll hear him Bark at the moon Ha ha ha ha ha... Years spent in torment Buried in a nameless grave Now he has risen Miracles would have to save Those that the beast is looking for Listen in awe and you'll hear him Bark at the moon Hey yeah, bark at the moon They cursed and buried him along with shame And thought his timeless soul had gone, gone In empty burning hell - unholy one But he's returned to prove them wrong (so wrong) Ooh, yeah baby Howling in shadows Living in a lunar spell He finds his heaven Spewing from the mouth of hell Those that the beast is looking for Listen in awe and you'll hear him Bark at the moon Hey yeah, bark at the moon Hey yeah, bark at the moon Oh Oh yeah, bark at the moon