I Just Want You
Recording Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
Writers: Jim Vallance
Ozzy Osbourne
Date Written: March 1994, Vancouver Canada
Albums: Ozzmosis (1995)
The Ballads Of Ozz (1995)
Greatest Hits (1996)
Back On Earth (1997)
The Ozzman Cometh (1997)
The Essential Ozzy Osbourne (2003)
Charts: #24 - Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart / 1996 (7 weeks on the chart)
#46 - UK BBC chart / August 31, 1996
Audio-1:
I Just Want You / studio recording
 
 
Ozzy Osbourne: vocals
Zakk Wylde: guitar
Rick Wakeman: keyboards
Michael Beinhorn: keyboards
Geezer Butler: bass
Deen Castronovo: drums
 
Produced by Michael Beinhorn.  Recorded by Paul Northfield at Guillaume Tell Studios (Paris), Right Track Recording (New York), Bearsville Studios (Woodstock), Electric Lady Studios (New York).  Mixed by David Bianco.
Audio-2:
I Just Want You / demo recording
 
 
Ozzy Osbourne: vocals
Jim Vallance: guitar, keyboards, bass, drums
 
Produced and recorded by Ozzy and Jim at Armoury Studios, March 1994.
Comments:
Ozzmosis (1995)
Ballads Of Ozz (1995)
Back On Earth (1997)
Ozzman Cometh (1997)
Essential (2003)
Ozzy: There's this one track on the album which I wrote with Jim Vallance, where he said, "You know what, Ozzy, I was in bed last night and I was thinking about this idea. What do you think about this?" And he started with, "There are no impossible dreams, there are no invisible seams."

Then we went onto, "There are no incurable ills, there are no unkillable thrills." And we just kept bouncing this shit off all day! It was endless! And right at the end is, "I don't ask much -- I just want you." It's a f--king phenomenal song. -- (from a 1995 interview with Sharon Kaufman).

Jim: "I Just Want You" was fun to write.  Ozzy and I sat in my studio and bounced rhyming lyric lines back and forth for an hour or two until we had a page-full of ideas ... some of them brilliant, some of them just plain silly. The song grew out of that (click on the "lyric sheet" below).
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Ozzy is the world's biggest Beatle fan. "I Just Want You" started out, on the original demo recording, with a "Strawberry Fields" flute motif cycling through the verses, eventually building to a heavy chorus with drums and guitars (listen to the "demo version" above). Ozzy fought to keep those elements in, but producer Michael Beinhorn erased all Beatle references when he cut the studio version of the song.

It was Beinhorn's idea to hook me up with Ozzy.  He called me from New York in January or February 1994 and said he thought it'd be great if Ozzy and I could get together to write.  I was already a fan of Ozzy's, and I was also familiar with Beinhorn's track record, the producer of landmark albums for Soundgarden, Soul Asylum, and the Chili Peppers, to name a few.  I accepted the invitation on the spot.
Michael Beinhorn
Michael told me he planned on taking Ozzy's music in "a completely different direction".  When I asked him to explain, he said "Let me send you a tape with some inspirational ideas".

A few days latter a cassette tape arrived in the mail.  I popped it in the machine and pushed "play".

The first song, as I recall, was a mid-60s duet with Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy.  The next track was "Nine Inch Nails" ... and it kind of went like that, about 30 songs in all. 

I was completely baffled.

To this day I don't know if there really were some "inspirational ideas" on that tape, or if Beinhorn was just yanking my chain.
 
Jimmy Pankow, the brilliant trombonist and arranger for Chicago >
I adore Ozzy.  He's the sweetest, kindest, most considerate man you'd ever want to meet. He's also the funniest ... much funnier in person than he is on "The Osbournes" television show. 

Ozzy's a born comedian, he loves to make people laugh. Once he knows he's "got you going", there's no stopping him  --  he just gets funnier and funnier. 

When I was writing with Ozzy in 1994, my wife Rachel would occasionally drop by the studio for a visit, and Ozzy would have us both in stitches. Later, back at home, my wife would say, "You know, someone should be filming this!".

One night a group of us went out for dinner:  me, Rachel, Ozzy, producer Bruce Fairbairn, and some of the guys from the band Chicago, who were recording with Bruce at my studio.  If Ozzy is the funniest guy on the planet, then Chicago's trombonist Jimmy Pankow is a close second!  Between the two of them, Ozzy and Jimmy had the rest of us rolling on the floor for hours!  

More than ten years later my wife and I still talk about that evening as one of the highlights of our thirty years in the music business.
Lyrics: There are no unlockable doors
There are no unwinnable wars
There are no unrightable wrongs or unsingable songs

There are no unbeatable odds
There are no believable Gods
There are no unnameable names
Shall I say it again?
Yeah

There are no impossible dreams
There are no invisible seams
Each night when the day is through
I dont ask much

I just want you
I just want you

There are no uncriminal crimes
There are no unrhymable rhymes
There are no identical twins or forgivable sins

There are no incurable ills
There are no unkillable thrills
One thing and you know its true
I dont ask much

I just want you
I just want you
I just want you
I just want you

Im sick and tired of bein sick and tired
I used to go to bed so high and wired
Yeah - yeah - yeah

I think I'll buy myself some plastic water
I guess I should have married Lennon's daughter
Yeah - yeah - yeah - yeah

There are no unachievable goals
There are no unsaveable souls
No legitimate kings or queens
Do you know what I mean?
Yeah

There are no indisputable truths
And there aint no fountain of youth
Each night when the day is through
I dont ask much

I just want you
I just want you
I just want you
I just want you
I just want you
I just want you
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I just want you
I just want you
Hey yeah
I just want you
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Hey
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