"Invisible" as written by and Appice Dio....
If your circle stays unbroken
Then you're a lucky man
'Cause it never, never, never has for me

In the palace of the virgin
Lies the chalice of the soul
And it's likely you might find the answer there

She had thirteen years of teenage tears
And never a helping hand
She had fourteen more of rain before
She saw the sight of land
She was a photograph just ripped in half
A smile inside a frown
And the the light, the answer right
Inside her coming down

It said
I can go away
I can leave here
I can be invisible
I go away

He was just eighteen and in-between
A lady and a man
His daddy's girl in momma's world
That was when he ran
You know the word confused has been abused
But that's just what he was
And then the spark inside the dark
The answer came because it said

You can go away
You can leave here
You can be invisible

Well I grew up quick and I felt the kick
Of life upon a stage
So I bought the book and took a fast look
At just the very last page
It was a single word that I'd just heard
From the two that came before
The only way to really stay
Is to walk right out the door

So you can go away
I'm gonna leave here
I can be invisible

And go away again
I can go away
When I leave here
I can be invisible

I said, when you can go away
Lord you know it's right to leave here
So I just become invisible
I went away
I disappeared before your eyes
You never touch me you never feel me
You'll never see me again
Because I've just become unseen
Well I'm a photograph that's been torn in half
We're all eighteen and we're in between
We need a helping hand to the holy land
To be invisible
To go away

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"Invisible" as written by Campbell Appice


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    General CommentI think i get the meaning of this song.

    I do NOT get the 2 first verses.f

    This song talks about 3 stories.

    The story of a young teenage girl, the story of a young teenage boy, and the story of Dio ^^

    I can't really "track" the problem that the girl is having. Maybe she's having no problem at all, teenagers tend to make problems up and screw their lifes :P

    But when it comes to the boy i can clearly see what his problem is. It's about his parents. Some fathers see their boys "competitive" and try to degrace them or humiliate them. They do that by calling you a coward, imbicile, uncapable od doing anything, and sometimes they even attack your "masculinity". that's why he says "His daddie's girl" Also, we all know how mothers tend to be overprotective, cutting us out from the rest of the world, making us "soft" etc. that was his problem, and he wanted to get away from it, just like the girl. (The boy might also had sexuality problems, like he was bi or something, not sure about it).

    Then Dio speaks about himself, and he clearly means rainbow as mentioned before. I don't know what the "book" that he bought is but i'm sure it has nothing to do with holy books.
    The word that Dio saw is "Run away". It's a general truth that many things in life (or people) will slow us down. We are not evil or good, but we do have a good ad bad side. Some people make us use the good side and other the bad side. We MUST avoid those people that makes us use the "bad" side of oruselves. Those people will hold us down from life, and we wil be nothing (invisible). I need to learn how to dare/Some times we have to deal with our problem but most of the times (when it comes to people) we need to "walk right out the door" ;)

    I'm not sure if this is a good interpatation., it's my second anyway :D Comment if you like :)
    DioIsTheBeston June 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOmg you guys it's not that deep! The song is about leaving oppressive surroundings.
    The first verse is about an abused girl leaving home.
    The second verse is about a gay teenage boy (he was daddy's girl in momma's world) - (not everyone confused(sexually) has been abused - but that's what he was) ie abused by his father. So he goes away - presumably to San Fran.
    The last verse is about Dio's position in show biz. "Bought the book...etc" means he learned about the music biz and how to survive and prosper. "The 2 that came before..." are Rainbow and Black Sabbath. The only way for Ronnie to stay in the biz is to walk right out the door and start his own band.
    TomJensenon June 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI don't think that the line about "the two that came before" refers to the holy books of the three Abrahamic religions, like yumurt suggested. I took it as the singer referring to the two people the first two verses describe. All in all, I think that the interpretation regarding the song as being about hiding is pretty accurate.
    aniseastraon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me it is about suicide. Or running away from your life because you think it sucks. Maybe I am overanalyzing it, but whatever.
    I don't know if that is really what it's about, it just makes sense if you think about it.

    "The Answer Came Because it Said... You can go away...you can leave here...you can be invisible"
    ZiggyStarbuckon April 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone else notice dio's singing in the beginning is EXACTLY like "On Eagles Wings" which is a Christian song sung in many Catholic Churches. Dio was a Catholic when he was young and he has made it clear his experience there was "Unsatisfactory." I know he did that on purpose, you sly old coot Dio...
    [Service to busy]on November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentO.K. This song was going on in my head during a NYS Regents exam -Sequential 1- June 1989. I feel sort of foolish. Because as I hit the Permutation section(derivative of Combinations) and absolute values, I was a little disorderly and my proctor asked me what was going on. I told him I didn't need scrap paper- he told me to keep rockin'; that I'll go places. To my chagrine, it wasn't INDIVISIBLE, but good to know that I was mistaken. Thank you "Song Meanings."
    jumpy73on February 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti do agree with service to busy about religious references this song has. "So I bought the book and took a fast look/At just the very last page/It was a single word that I'd just heard/From the two that came before"; those lines are sounding for me like he is talking about Torah, Bible and Koran. Thats how i take it cos he is saying it is the same word from the two came before not written or anything. My knowledge is poor about religious matters but three books which came not written reminds me holy books of three big religions.
    yumurton April 27, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationWell I agree with the 3 stories thing the guy above me said but those stoies have a different interpretation to me.

    The first story imo is about a girl who was sexually abused when she was younger.Then, as the theme of this song goes, after shes had enough, she dissappears.

    The second story is possibly about a gay guy who was mentally abused and shut in by his parents.Then he became INVISIBLE lol.

    The last story is obviously about Dio himself.The book he is referring to, I think, is the bible and when he says "I took a fast look at just the very last page." Hes talking about revelations.Thats what I did with it :P.
    Sandblasted88on May 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI almost forgot. R.I.P Ronnie Dio.
    Sandblasted88on May 25, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe is actually about gay teenagers. "Invisible" is the only song I can think of that actually deals with gay issues. That is why Dio is so amazing; that he was able to write a great song with great feeling towards gay teens that are going through a lot of issues themselves. Dio is saying that its okay to be gay and if those that are supposed to support you turn against you because of your orientation then you need to leave them behind. Dio made everyone feel appreciated and loved, and im glad that he had the spirit to write a song like this
    coastercrazeie06on December 15, 2010   Link

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