"I" as written by Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio....
I am anger
Under pressure
Lost it cages
A prisoner
The first to escape

I am wicked
I am legion
Strength in numbers
A lie
The number is one

I, I, I
Everything that I see is for me

Yes, I am giant
I'm a monster
Breaking windows
In houses
Buildings of glass
Rebel rebel
Holy outlaw
Ride together
Don't try it
The power's in one

I, I, I
I am standing alone
But I can rock you
I, I, I

On the edge of the blade
But the knife can't cut the hero down

I am virgin
I'm a whore
Giving nothing
The taker
The maker of war
I'll smash your face in
But with a smile
All together
You'll never
Be stronger than me

I, I, I
Right here on my own
But I still rock you
I, I, I
Don't follow behind
Just leave me on the outside

I, I, I
I am standing alone
But I can shock you
I, I, I
On the edge of the blade
But no one makes the hero bleed
(No, no, no)

I am hunger
Feed my head
All together
You'll never
Never make the hero bleed
(No, no, no )

Lyrics submitted by carlos_avdas

"I" as written by Ronnie James Dio Geezer Butler

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis is just a guess, but might it be about someone who pretends to be a powerful yet just man, though in reality he is weak and takes advantage of those who would fear him or worship him?

    Uhh... Maybe.
    LordRetardon July 29, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI've heard Ronnie say he really likes this song because it really reflects him so I think it's a song from the perspective of a heavy metal musician. The first verse seems to be the speaker validating his music. He (and his anger) has been a prisoner and he's the "first to escape," meaning he's the first to voice the frustation that heavy metal is more apt to explore than other kinds of music. The second part of the first verse points out that he's in the minority, but the majority isn't right, he is because he isn't silent like so many others.

    The Second verse seems to be playing on the image metal artists are given in the popular of media (monsters, freaks, etc.) but still with a rejection of this notion that they are wrong because they go against the majority.

    The third verse has the speaker talking about how he thinks he's morally right (very few metal artists would consider themselves, "evil," rather they would say they are examining evil and tackling it) but everyone thinks he's just foul ("a whore"). People say that he is "giving nothing/A taker" (his music has no worth, is just garbage, a common criticism of heavy metal) and a "maker of war" (people often criticize metal of being violent or inspiring violence). The speaker rejects this and says he'll fight back "with a smile," not out of malice but because he knows the things people say about him aren't true.

    On the way out, we have some more of this defiant talk such as in "Don't follow behind/Just leave me on the outside" where the speaker says he'd much rather stay on the outside of the mainstream rather than actually try to convert it. We also get this interesting line of "I am hunger/Feed my head," where the speaker is saying he's fueled by this criticism and will take it, knowing nothing will stop him from doing what he wants.

    I think it definitely works like is said before if you go with "Computer God" framing the whole album but if you take it by itself and add in Ronnie's comments, I think my idea works too.
    djowalsenon June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title says it all - me, myself & I!!!
    han2on June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentriiiiiiiiiiight.....................................
    friscleon November 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI remember the struggle. It's a hero that has civil war within himself. Feeling that he's is the last pure soul alive. Now he has to come to terms within . Trying to makle sense of the fucked up world we live in. This song has Dio's evil tone but has a sense to say even though most of what we are taught to believe is lost when the pure at heart is gone we must be strong and stick to what we believe is right.
    RACC/E5150on October 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think its about standing up for your beliefs with any means necessary.
    dehumanizer123on March 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics to his song are typical metal. They kind of go along with the whole dehumanizer thing, the idea that machines will take over the world. The whole album kind of has a concept, its not really a concept album but it is all based around one idea. Kind of like The Iron Maiden album Killers.
    IronBlackZeppon April 03, 2008   Link

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