Artist: Zakk Wylde

Machine Gun Man ~ Zakk Wylde

Zakk Wylde is an American musician, who is best known for his roles as a guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and founder of Black Label Society. He was lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows in 1996.

Wylde started playing the guitar at the age of 15 and worked at Silverton Music in Silverton, New Jersey. He grew up in Jackson, New Jersey, and went to Jackson Memorial High School there, where he graduated in 1985. Wylde has stated that he would practice playing the guitar as much as 12 hours per day and often would play the guitar almost non-stop between coming home from school and leaving for school the next morning, then sleeping through the school day.

Growing up, Wylde played locally with his first band, “Stone Henge”, then later with local Jersey band “Zyris“. He was taught by neo classical guitarist Sean Roche. Years later, the then unknown 19 year-old Wylde landed the coveted role as lead guitarist and co-writer for Ozzy Osbourne. He sent Ozzy a demo tape in 1987 and was hired to replace Jake E. Lee. Jake E. Lee had replaced the deceased Randy Rhoads, an idol of Wylde’s.

Machine Gun Man

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Tell me what a young man Mama
What’s he got to live for
Tossed in the shuffle of everyday war
Searchin’ for some trouble
Which I’m sure he will find
Spend your whole life fightin’ son
Meet your dyin’ time

It’s a shame
It’s a shame
The trigger be his only friend
It’s a shame, oh yeh
But it ain’t never gonna end

He’s a pocketful of hate
That don’t give a damn
What fate awaits the machine gun man?
Well, he ain’t got no future
And he ain’t got no plan
What fate awaits the machine gun man?

I can’t see tomorrow
And I don’t see today
Trail of confusion done leadin’ my way
They say the only thing worth killin’ Lord
Be killin’ time
I say the only soul worth savin’ now Mama
Resavin’ mine

It’s a shame
It’s a shame
The trigger be his only friend
It’s a shame, oh yeh
But it ain’t never gonna end

He’s a pocketful of hate
That don’t give a damn
What fate awaits the machine gun man?
Well, he ain’t got no future
And he ain’t got no plan
What fate awaits the machine gun man?

He keeps shootin’ mama like any old fool would do
Lord, the life he be leadin’ ain’t the one he has to choose
As he walks on out that door
Mama breaks down to cry
As she waves the machien gun man
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye…

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