Hold On to My Dreams

‘Close My Eyes Forever’ was written by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne and it is sung as a duet by Ford with Osbourne from Ford’s 1988 album Lita.  The song became the result of an accident in the studio, where they both drinking heavily and getting stoned when they unintentionally wrote the lyrics to this song together.  Ozzy’s wife, Sharon was Lita’s new manager at the time this song was recorded and the Osbournes brought a housewarming present for Lita to the studio, which was a life-size duplicate of Koko the gorilla from the San Diego Zoo.  Sharon got bored of hanging around, but Ozzy stayed to jam and sing and this is a product of them messing around in the studio.  This song is Ford’s highest charting single, peaking at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and charting #47 in the UK and it was also Osbourne’s highest charting single of his solo career.

They were in the studio together all night till the sun started coming up the next day.  The lyrics explore love, death and Lita thought that they both might be in trouble for staying out all night, while Sharon was waiting at home for Ozzy.  The song is about a broken relationship where the woman is scared about how things are turning out.  She doesn’t know if she loves the man anymore or if it’s just become something fake.  The man suggests that if she doesn’t make things right again, he will commit suicide closing his eyes forever.  Something wrong happened in their relationship, but it is not clear whether this couple had an abortion or possibly she had a child with another man.  They are both deeply hurt by this tragic event and the song keeps getting darker, as he can no longer hold on to his dreams and things are no longer the way that they once were.  She compares him to a dagger that stuck her in her heart.  She tastes the blood from the blade and thinks about him in a warm and darkened grave.  She knows what she did was wrong and it is hard for her to ask forgiveness.  Her solution is to close her eyes and hope that they can still be together.

I get so scared inside, and I don’t really understand
Is it love that’s on my mind, or is it fantasy?

Is in the palm of my hand, and it’s waiting here for you
What am I supposed to do with a childhood tragedy?

If I close my eyes forever
Will it all remain unchanged?
If I close my eyes forever
Will it all remain the same?

It’s hard to hold on
So hard to hold on to my dreams
It isn’t always what it seems
When you’re face to face with me

You’re like a dagger
And stick me in the heart
And taste the blood from my blade
And when we sleep, would you shelter me
In your warm and darkened grave?

If I close my eyes forever
Will it all remain unchanged?
If I close my eyes forever
Will it all remain the same?

Will you ever take me?
No, I just can’t take the pain
But would you ever trust me?
No, I’ll never feel the same, oh

I know I’ve been so hard on you
I know I’ve told you lies
If I could have just one more wish
I’d wipe the cobwebs from my eyes

If I close my eyes forever
Will it all remain unchanged?
If I close my eyes forever
Will it all remain the same?
Close your eyes
Close your eyes
You gotta close your eyes for me

Written for Thursday Inspiration #169 Back to the Cave.

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