Song Lyric Sunday: This Not-So-Charming Man

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is
Alluring, Beautiful, Charming, Graceful, and Seductive.
The song must contain a reference to the prompt in the title or the lyrics.
If the song does not meet these criteria, please explain why you chose it.


Mr Crowley was co-written by Ozzy Osbourne for his 1980 debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz. The song is about the British occultist Aleister Crowley. A man renowned for his outrageous behaviour and flouting of social conventions. A bit like Mr Osbourne!

His version is a bombastic sub-prog rock assault on your eardrums. But if you really want to be creeped out, listen to this a cappella version by Swedish group The Cardigans.

This track appeared on the B side of their 1995 pop single Carnival. The Cardigans are probably best known for their song Lovefool, which was used on the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s film Romeo + Juliet.

Anyhoo, ready to meet the Charming Mr Crowley?

Mr Crowley
What went on in your head?
Oh, Mr Crowley
Did you talk with the dead?

Your lifestyle to me seems so tragic
With the thrill of it all
You fooled all the people with magic
You waited on Satan’s call

Mr Charming
Did you think you were pure?
Mr Alarming
In nocturnal rapport

Uncovering things that were sacred
Manifest on this Earth
Conceived in the eye of a secret
And they scattered the afterbirth

Mr Crowley
Won’t you ride my white horse?
Mr Crowley
It’s symbolic, of course

Approaching a time that is classic
I hear maiden’s call
Approaching a time that is drastic
Standing with their backs to the wall

I wanna know what you meant

Songwriters: O. Osbourne / R. Rhoads / R. Daisley
© Blizzard Music Ltd

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