Ozzy Osbourne, Degradation Rules: the lyrics meaning

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On July 22, 2022, Ozzy Osbourne released his new song, Degradation Rules, the second single from his upcoming album Patient Number 9. The last single, Patient Number 9, was already a trending song and people wanted to discover more about the lyrics (you have all answers here). The same applies to Degradation Rules: this article will delve into the song’s lines and explain their meaning.

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Degradation Rules: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Although the song’s lyrics mention the real topic quite explicitly, there have been doubts about the real meaning of Degradation Rules. We can confirm that the song is about masturbation. In a conversation between Ozzy and Billy Morrison on an episode of Ozzy Speaks, the singer said: “You know what it’s about, don’t you?” The interviewer answered: “The lyrics say ‘masturbation’ and ‘red’? The RedTube thing is funny. I mean, that’s really funny.”

The protagonist is lying on his bed. He stares at the ceiling, and his routine starts. He knows where to direct his thoughts, and a part of him feels that he’s playing a degrading game.

Twisted little fantasy
Gambling with tragedy and doom, and doom
Addicted to debauchery
Staring at the ceiling in his room, in his room

Asphyxiation
Masturbation
Degradation rules

The song introduces some funny imagery, like “the pearl that hits the sky” and “beating your jewels.” It also mentions the stereotype implying that masturbation makes you blind:

He locks the door and crawls into his mind, in his mind
Stuck inside a dirty dream
The hand that feeds you also turns you blind, turns you blind

The song’s last line is “Watching RedTube rules,” which alludes to the fact that all people navigating on p*rn websites only click on videos and never read the mandatory regulations stated by those websites. RedTube is not a real website, but red lights are a reference to sex, so the image is clear. And it’s actually a funny image. Indeed Ozzy himself laughs at the end of the song.

Therefore, there is no hidden meaning behind Degradation Rules lyrics: Ozzy is describing a guy’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings in the act of masturbation.

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The complete lyrics

Twisted little fantasy
Gambling with tragedy and doom, and doom
Addicted to debauchery
Staring at the ceiling in his room, in his room

Asphyxiation
Masturbation
Degradation rules

Pulling on his memories
He’s ready for the pearl to hit the sky, the sky
Used up all his energy
He wakes up with a twinkle in his eye, in his eye

Asphyxiation
Masturbation
Degradation rules

Degradation rules
Join the other fools

Sticky little magazines
He locks the door and crawls into his mind, in his mind
Stuck inside a dirty dream
The hand that feeds you also turns you blind, turns you blind

Asphyxiation
Masturbation
Degradation rules

Degradation rules
Beating on your jewels

Asphyxiation
Masturbation
Degradation rules

Degradation rules
Masturbating fools
Watching RedTube rules
(Hahaha, hahaha)