"Rainbow In The Dark" as written by and Jimmy/dio Bain....
When there's lightning, you know it always brings me down
'Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
I cry out for magic, I feel it dancing in the light
But it was cold, I lost my hold
To the shadows of the night

There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a rainbow in the dark
A rainbow in the dark

Do your demons, do they ever let you go
When you've tried, do they hide, deep inside
Is it someone that you know
You're just a picture, just an image caught in time
We're a lie, you and I
We're words without a rhyme

There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a rainbow in the dark
Just a rainbow in the dark

When I see lightning, you know it always brings me down
'Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
Feel the magic, feel it floating in the air
But it's fear, and you'll hear
It calling you beware

There's no sight of the morning coming
There's no sight of the day
You've been left on your own
Like a rainbow
Like a rainbow in the dark
You're a rainbow in the dark
Just a rainbow in the dark
No sign of the morning
You're a rainbow in the dark

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"Rainbow In the Dark" as written by Ronnie James Dio Jimmy Bain


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  • +3
    General CommentI thought that at first to, but really if you think about it, what could be more lost than a rainbow in the dark, there are no rainbows when its dark, therefore you must really be lost. And common, RJ Dio is hardcore.
    Tyrant_19on January 05, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is not about being gay or anything of that sort. Dio was simply finding a dramatic image and a rainbow coming out of pitch black would be very dramatic. Thats Dio's style. Plus, in the early 80s, the rainbow was most likely not popularly associated with homosexuality. Anyways, good song, bland lyrics, but they are delivered extremely well, which makes up for the lack of much depth.
    ExcessAuroraon February 25, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Commentrainbow + dark + nothingness. thus it's Dio's ode of solitude.
    slamkingon April 12, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAbout rejection. Whoever said abandonent, I agree with them. Scientifically, a rainbow cannot exist without sunlight so a rainbow in the dark is impossible. It's about lonliness.
    Smokleron September 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA very poetic song about abandonment, typical of Dio's excellent writing style.
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it has to do with abandonment and trying to finding hope
    flaminmofoon August 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about an individual who's chosen to turn his back on God and is dealing with the consequences.

    1.When there's lightning, you know it always brings me down= Light is God, when he's reminded of the absence of God in his life he sinks deeper into depression

    2.Cause it's free and I see that it's me who's lost and never found= In God you find true freedom, without him you're in bondage to your sins. Also the lost and never found is a play on the words from Amazing Grace "I once was lost but now I'm found" a song about redemption through God's grace and love.

    3.I cry out for magic= He yearns for something more, something supernatural, there has to be more to life

    4.I feel it dancing in the light= He feels the answer may be God, his conscience is leaning towards that

    5.It was cold, lost my hold to the shadows of the night= though he did seek God at first, the temptations of evil appealed more to him, and in the end won out

    6.No sign of the morning coming= Jesus is the morning star(REV 22:16)morning also brings the light(God), but he's not coming because it's too late, the individual is now in Hades.

    7.You've been left on your own= Hades is total absence of God, you are alone.

    8.Like a Rainbow in the Dark a Rainbow in the Dark= A rainbow doesn't exit without light, you don't exist without God. Your potential would have shown through if you had followed God and allowed his light to fill you, instead you chose darkness and no future.

    9.Do your demons, do they ever let you go= can you break free from the sins keeping you from God

    10.When you've tried do they hide deep inside, is it someone that you know= every time you've turned away from sin you've always relapsed because you've never put your faith in Jesus Christ but instead tried to do it alone. The someone you know is you, you will always fail without Jesus, only he can break the bondage of sin.

    11.You're just a picture, you're an image caught in time= we were made in the image of God but also given a soul, but you've neglected your soul and now you're just an empty carcass for all time. With God time will lapse for eternity without him you are frozen in emptiness forever.

    12.We're a lie you and I, we're words without a rhyme= Truth is the word of God, without it you are a lie. Without God your life has no meaning, no reason or rhyme.

    13.Feel the magic, I feel it floating in the air= there are supernatural powers in the world if you seek them you will find them, good or bad

    14.But it's fear and you'll hear it calling you beware, Look Out!= it's a warning that this "magic" is the opposite of love(God), it's fear(Satan), Beware or you'll end up like me, a rainbow in the dark.
    Nightrain50on April 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno one has commented on this song yet? this is one of Dio's most popular songs. And strange yet is how many people dont know of Dio, the guy is a legend among heavy metal fans. I was introduced to him because of my obsession with Black Sabbath, I just grew to love Dio. You want some real heavy metal, throw out that POD and pop in "Holy Diver" sometime, youll be newly reborn I promise.
    daeldrenon March 27, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree; if you want real classic metal listen to dio. I guess everyone would rather listen to fabricated modern stuff.
    spro23on April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song blows the doors off of "Holy Diver" if you ask me. The keyboard riff is very simple but provides a great dark atmospher, Vivian Cambell pulls off some great riffs and solos, and well Dio's voice is awesome as always.

    I'm not sure the song is really about anything in particular, but at least it's pretty well written.
    Muzzyon April 09, 2004   Link

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