A stab in the back is worth waiting for tonight
He's seen enough joy for today

A sudden attack
Would just start the evening right
And maybe a penance to pay

Thunder and lightning
Electric machines
These are the devils
That shout in his dreams

Chorus:
Double the pain
He's strong he will survive
Double the pain
It will make him come alive
Double the pain

Games of the heart
Not fair and you can't win
But torture and anger can play
You've never said no
To just another spin
And losing is one step away

Friendly confusion
Like nothing you've seen
These are the demons
That shout in his dreams

Chorus

A slap in the face
To bring him back around
It's a touch - like cool morning rain

He's fallen from grace
And slammed to the ground
And begs for some more of the same

Thunder and lightning
Eccentric machines
These are the devils
That shout in his dreams

Chorus

Double the pain
I'm sure I saw him smile
Double the pain
Let's kick him for awhile
Double the pain


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    Song MeaningThis song is about Euthanasia, or life-agony duration prolonged by artificial life-support means.
    stephan76on May 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure about the euthanasia-thing. it rather seems to be about a guy who just likes to feel pain. an often reoccurring theme within Dio-songs.

    anyway, i doubt that it's what the song is about, but when he sings "thunder and lightning, electric machines..." i always think about Dr. Frankenstein creating his monster...

    however, it's one of the best of the album!!!
    revanchiston May 07, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's Euthanasia, read this:
    "He's strong he will survive
    It will make him come alive
    I'm sure I saw him smile
    Let's kick him for awhile".
    Remember that Ronnie James Dio knows what is to be in comma, he was on that state for weeks when that car accident happened. Remember that is was after that when he changed his lastname from Padavona to Dio. Check that out at "the Early Years" page.
    stephan76on May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCould it be that it's a masochistic metaphor for gambling addiction? in the sense, that it's not about "double the pain because he likes pain and he's a masochist", but more like "since he likes to play knowing fully he can lose money, what the hell, make him play and lose and ruin his life, he likes it anyway". The line "you never said no to just another spin and losing is one step away" may be the key... another spin of what? of the wheel at the gambling table?

    Also, "He's fallen from grace and slammed to the ground and begs for some more of the same" - can it be a reference to how after losing a lot of money still someone wants to play with fortune?

    Taken at face value, the lyrics are about someone who enjoys pain (Double the pain, I'm sure I saw him smile) - the key to the song is what stands for "pain" and why the dude enjoys it anyway... gambling could be a solution...
    TimeWeaveron June 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhy overlook the referrences to machines?

    To me its about a person haunted by dreams of the external world. someone becoming aware of the matrix.

    Its about how Neo and smith fight it out. God and his ultimate equation.

    Dio is singing from the Architects point of view. Basically saying it this Neo/Smith that will be the next Architect.

    The Neo-Dio if you will.

    And the from me confusion like nothing you've seen part.
    Is telling the listener that being God you must be ready to play all parts. Manipulate the living for humans and programs will eventually self destruct without the Source. Hence the schizo reference.

    Ii recomment you dudes play 21st century schizoid man after listening to this song to draw parallels .
    zepedachemicalon May 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think its refereing to 9/11.

    Perhaps hes personifying the towers:
    "
    He's fallen from grace
    And slammed to the ground
    And begs for some more of the same
    "

    And reference to the airplanes:
    "Thunder and lightning
    Electric machines
    These are the devils
    That shout in his dreams
    "
    TimeMachine1994on May 22, 2010   Link

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