Shot in the Dark (4:15)

Cover of The OZZman Cometh

From The OZZman Cometh and 34 other releases

“Shot in the Dark” is a song from Ozzy Osbourne’s 1986 album The Ultimate Sin and was written by then Ozzy Osbourne band bassist Phil Soussan. The song’s lyrics were written by Soussan and inspired by the movie Prizzi’s Honor.

An earlier, much slower and different version was written by Soussan when he was in Wildlife four years earlier. However Osbourne and producer Ron Nevison had rejected the original song, mainly on the basis of the content about a love obsession, and Soussan had to re-write the song including new lyrics. Osbourne then requested 50% ownership of the song as a condition of recording it.

The video features a girl traveling with her friends to an Osbourne concert, and eventually turns into part of a billboard advertising Osbourne. Dweezil Zappa can be seen playing a small part in the music video. This was one of Osbourne’s biggest solo hits and was played live regularly up until 1992. There are rumors that Osbourne disliked the song for its very un-Osbourne sound, however those rumors seem to have been spread by Osbourne’s management to damage the claim for non-payment of royalties and lawsuit that was brought by Soussan and settled by Osbourne on two separate occasions. Still, Osbourne continued to play the song live regularly and it remains Osbourne’s biggest hits peaking at number 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Shot In The Dark” is rumoured to actually have been written not by Soussan but by Steve and Chris Overland of the band Wildlife which also featured Simon Kirke of Free on drums. However, Soussan was also in the band Wildlife at that time, so that is not conclusive.

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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't believe in

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  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    18 Jul 4:43pm Reply
  • Shadow19231

    Children of Bodom may be a great band, but they can't play this like Ozzy can!

    11 May 10:07am Reply
  • stasabbath

    amo demais essa música *o*

    2 Mar 9:24pm Reply
  • ChicaRara

    4 Jan 9:30pm Reply
  • randytuggle

    Definitely weakened without Jake E. Lee on this one. Jake was bad-ass. Zakk has less interesting melodies and too many harmonics. Zakk was cool at first but that sound got old quickly.

    20 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Metal4ever88

    "The best song from the best album. However, with the worst Ozzy guitarist." Um...no, Jake E. Lee was a fantastic guitarist. This song is freaking amazing by the way.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Immortal!

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Luzeryus

    \m/

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • iscariota666

    The best song from the best album. However, with the worst Ozzy guitarist.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • liquidvizions

    PS... NO DISRESPECT TO ZAKK WYLDE... HE'S AWESOME. BUT WHOEVER POSTED THAT VIDEO ABOVE IS JUST LAME. AT LEAST POST THE ORIGINAL VERSION/VIDEO WITH JAKE E LEE. I MEAN THERE IS AN ACTUAL VIDEO TO THIS SONG. SMH @ SOME PEOPLE...

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • liquidvizions

    SLAPPIN' DAT BASS!!!

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Gellies

    Sir Ozzy... you are a g-damn genius!

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    one of my favorite ozzy songs

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    I love it!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • robmc65

    cranked this up the other night. everybody scattered like roaches. love it

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sulisk

    Mega love it

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jk20002912

    i love this song the best off ozzy

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • panda_polaco

    best song of The Ultimate Sin!

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • gdcman

    Possibly Jake and Ozzy's best song. Dio is nobody's prophet junior. Mob Rules is possibly the best Sabbath album and he was in Rainbow. You remember ..Kill the King?

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • johnror

    There is no god but Ozzy and Dio is his prophet

    26 May 2012 Reply
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