"Shame On The Night" as written by Jimmy Bain, Ronnie James Dio, Vincent Appice and Vivian Patrick Campbell....
Shame on the night
For places I've been
And what I've seen
For giving me the strangest dreams
But you never really know just what they mean
Oh so shame on the night
Oh right

And shame on you
You've stolen the day
Snatched it away
But I saw the sky
An I never want to die
Now you know the reason why
I said, oh shame on the night

You don't care what you've done
So I think I'd better run

Shame on the sun
For the light you sold
I've lost my hold
On the magic flame
And now I know your name
Oh Lord just go the way you came again
Oh shame on the night

You don't care what you've done
So I know I'd better run

Shame on the night
For places I've been
And what I've seen
Forgive me the strangest dreams
You never, never, never, never know just what they mean
And oh shame on the night

You don't care what you've done
Here I go I've got to run


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"Shame on the Night" as written by Ronnie James Dio Jimmy Bain

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    General CommentThis song makes me think of someone at the end of their life, yet doing all that they can manage to stave off the inevitable. Not so much from the lyrics, but from the heavy, oppressive feeling of the music. I love this song - I think that this is certainly one of the best songs on the album.
    aniseastraon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about "night" he says "Shame on the night
    For places I've been
    And what I've seen
    For giving me the strangest dreams
    But you never really know just what they mean
    So oh shame on the night"

    he talks about what night give to us the dreams which are not always nice
    about people who were killed and robed at night and all crimes which happens at night
    sabbathbloodyon March 16, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe that Robert James DIO was an initiated. He was really on something. Call it spiritual, esoteric or so. And that's why he joined Black Sabath, and then left it. Because he tought that he was going to find his in iniciatic path trough Black Sabath, but he did'nt. That's why he created his own rock band. DIO

    And about Shame on the Night, he plays a double game, just like on
    Holy Diver. He's a genious, because he gave you something veru superfitial and easy to understand, but he gaves you lot more if you get deep on his song

    Shame On The Night talks about how the night take away the light from us, our main source of life. But it also explains how the shadow on the human soul can take appart the most valuable things we have. Our sould itself.

    Shame on You is a way to tell you that you're selling your most valuable part, wich is your soul, for something else

    ThX and Cheers
    ricardov0kon February 05, 2016   Link
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    General CommentWoohoo! First post!

    I can't believe my eyes! No one has posted yet!

    And this is one of Dio's best songs. Shame on you!
    MrHindukermaon January 22, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe album Holy diver is about the struggles of the spirit (the good) against evil in the devils domain (that would be here on earth by the way). This song is (in my opinion) the frustration of the spirit who's realized that even his mind is infiltrated with darkness and evil and even the good and the light cannot free him of his bondage. Shame on the night, Shame on the sun, Shame on the whole situation .Here I go I've got to run...
    Whitehart100on December 24, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAt the very end of the song he says something close to "WE ARE THE TRUTH OF DIVER" What does he say ??Does anybody know??
    shawn65pon July 20, 2015   Link

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