Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil
The devil is never a maker
The less that you give, you're a taker
So it's on and on and on, it's heaven and hell
Oh well

The lover of life's not a sinner
The ending is just a beginner
The closer you get to the meaning
The sooner you'll know that you're dreaming
So it's on and on and on, oh it's on and on and on
It goes on and on and on, Heaven and Hell
I can tell
Fool, fool

Oh uh
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion
For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life
Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer
And it's on and on, on and on and on and on and on and on and on

They say that life's a carousel
Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well
The world is full of kings and queens
Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams
It's heaven and hell, oh well

And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And when you walk in golden halls
You get to keep the gold that falls
It's heaven and hell, oh no

Fool, fool
You've got to bleed for the dancer
Fool, fool
Look for the answer
Fool, fool, fool



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"Heaven and Hell" as written by Dio Butler

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  • +4
    General Comment:In the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Dio said that this song is about which path we take. Weather it be the path to Heaven, or the path to Hell. He said this song was written for the religious people who force you to do things, and make you think that all things are evil. Dio said that this song is suppose to tell you to choose your own path, that makes you a good person.
    drunken_buzbyon December 14, 2007   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation:The song is about ego, and the problems that go along with it.

    Everything you see is an illusion, a play but you are merely a player in it. A dream colored with your opinions and meanings you put on everything. You play roles, and you think that you are absolutely right about your opinions.

    Nothing is permanent, and you are pursuing for things that are just vanity. In the song; when you walk through the golden halls you think you are in heaven. But when the walls come crumbling down you are back in your hell and this goes on and on and on. You fool.

    The love is the answer, but there is no unselfish love. You have to be emphatic, you have to love even the player, or the singer or the dancer in the life.

    You have look for the answer. You can wake up only after you realize that you're dreaming.

    This is written also by an ego that thinks it is right. Wonderful lyrics in a wonderful song, anyway!
    Woordson August 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I love Dio. It sounds more like what Sabbath stands for when Dio was singing, cuz with Ozzy it becomes sellout-ish, just like Ozzy is a sellout. Dio takes Sabbath back to the pure days of rock. Even Sabbath now, after the reunion tour said that was the end, but here they are, making more money off Ozzfest 2005. Ah well, at least I get another chance to see them now ^_^ Plus... Dio's voice rocks my world. This song slays!
    RainbowDemonon April 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:like all poetic sabbath song, this one is misinterpreted by many and even the band members too, someone here got it right tho.

    This is about society, mostly about the society thinking its good but in truth it is wrong.
    I bet Geezer Butler wrote this song.

    Sing me a song, you're a singer > Your place in society
    Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil > If you hurt someone , they think of you as a bad person
    The Devil is never a maker > Religion View of metal / devil is never good
    The less that you give, you're a taker > Society View , example: rich still greedy even if they give

    The lover of life's not a sinner > Old philosophy , enjoying life isn't a crime
    The ending is just a beginner > Religion View , after life
    The closer you get to the meaning } these 2 lines may be a whack on religion
    The sooner you know that you're dreaming > these 2 lines may mean failed goals and lies / self delusion

    Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion > this line speaks for itself

    For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life > truth hurts, sometimes impossible, thus it turns into lies. / it could also mean lies can also be considered as truth

    Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer > sadly love is made exalted by society but the giver of grace and life (aka mother earth) doesn't have much protectors.

    They say that life's a carousel > This stanza tells our society
    Spinning fast, you gotta ride it well ^
    The world is full of Kings and Queens > people will rob you of your success , and you can't do anything
    Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams ^
    It's Heaven and Hell, oh well >

    And they'll tell you black is really white > society lying
    The moon is just the sun at night ^
    And when you walk in golden halls > its the finder keepers/losers weepers ideology
    You get to keep the gold that falls > ^
    It's Heaven and Hell, noh no

    Fool fool, you got to bleed for the dancer > protect mother earth
    Fool fool, look for the answer > do not be blinded by society
    Fool, fool, fool >

    All of these refers to the destructive nature of our society , pulling earth to what it is now today , and worse in the future.

    thankyou for giving justice for this wonderful poetry. RIP Ronnie James Dio
    MaskedRevelationson June 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I liked Ozzy when he was with Sabbath, but i agree with RainbowDemon, he was a sellout. I once herd him sing born to be wild with ms piggy.
    Angelic_Demonon June 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:All I can say is I cant imagine ozzy singing this, and i cant imagine Ritchie Blackmore with rainbow to write like this. Excellent combination with DIO and Sabbath
    Logornkoon August 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I pondered on this song's meaning for a long time and suddenly the meaning became quite clear:

    People are going to tell you what’s right and wrong your whole life but the only way to know for sure is to experience life for yourself.

    As for the line: "you've got to bleed for the dancer" I only have a far-fetched idea. In the book "To Kill A Mocking Bird" its a sin to kill a mocking bird because they only do good for people. Now I could be way off but... maybe you've got to bleed for the dancer because all they do is bring joy for people (and NOT in the sick sort of way!).

    While I'm almost positive the top part is right and the bottom part is a bit more opinionated, its still just my opinion and you don't have to go along with it if you don't want to. So don't go and harrass me for comparing Black Sabbath to "To Kill A Mocking Bird".
    Xemnason March 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:'Fool fool, you got to bleed for the dancer':

    What about 'the dancer' being the one who performs an act, a play, a hoax.
    And you, the 'fool' believe in him, and are willing to follow blindly.
    The 'fool' believes what others say (politicians, the media, etc.)
    The analogy to blood can be found in the example that soldiers in an army are willing to shed their blood for their country (because politicians tell half-truths) about the reason for a war.

    Referring to 'nobody bleeds for the dancer' you can explain it from the perception of the person who thinks he is not a 'fool' and believes he can never be tricked by the 'dancer'.
    fweddyon September 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think this song is about religion and how it tells us what is good and what is not, but in the end nothing is black/white, heaven/hell, good/evil as religion tries to teach us.

    "Sing me a song, you're a singer
    Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil" - religions tend to divide peolpe into categories = do a good action and you get the eternal life, do someone a wrong and you're damned.

    "The closer you get to the meaning
    The sooner you'll know that you're dreaming" - religious teachings are full of contradictions and are impossible to understand

    Meaning becomes more clear when it refers to someone in particular "They say life is a carousel... they'll tell you black is really white". "They " stands for the church, or religion in general.


    Songs like this or children of the sea are why dio is an awesome lyricist.
    simone199on February 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The overall gist is pretty clear I think. Everything has a bit of heaven and hell in it. Everything's confusion, but don't give up looking for the truth and the answer to life. Most of it is just colourful illustration.
    This line is a little unclear, perhaps:

    "Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer"

    Given that the second part follows to "love", maybe the dancer is representative of Jesus, and the "nobody bleeds for the dancer" therefore as a refutation of the first part would mean that the dancer had to bleed for himself, so it sort of didn't work out that well with love as the answer, but it's still open as one possibility.
    I'm not one who randomly interprets every song either as about god, drugs, or girlfriends, but in this case Jesus seemed logical.
    Daeronon December 01, 2010   Link

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