"The Temple Of The King" as written by and Dio Blackmore....
One day in the year of the fox
Came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

One day in the year of the fox
When the bell began to ring
Meant the time had cometh for one to go
To the temple of the king

There in the middle of the circle he stands
Searching, seeking
With just one touch of his trembling hand
The answer will be found

Daylight waits while the old man sings
Heaven help me
And then like the rush of a thousand wings
It shines upon the one
And the day had just begun

One day in the year of the fox came a time remembered well
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell

One day in the year of the fox
When the bell began to sing
It meant the time had cometh for one to go
To the temple of the king

There in the middle of the people he stands
Seeing, feeling
With just a wave of a strong right hand
He's gone
To the temple of the king

Far from the circle at the edge of the world
He's hoping, wondering
Thinking back from the stories he's heard
Of what he's going to see

There in middle of the circle it lies
Heaven help me
Then all could see by the shine in his eyes
The answer had been found

Back with the people in the circle he stands
Giving, feeling
With just one touch of a strong right hand
They know
Of the temple and the king


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"The Temple of the King" as written by Ronnie James Dio Ritchie Blackmore

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThe song is about death. My Dad used to sing this song when I was a kid, now that he's gone I finally understood the meaning.

    When the strong young man of the rising sun
    Heard the tolling of the GREAT BLACK BELL.
    One day in the year of the fox,
    When the bell began to ring,
    It meant the time had come for one to go
    To the temple of the king.

    That part meant he died and he's going to the temple of the King (God)

    Far from the circle, at the edge of the world,
    He's hoping, wondering.
    Thinking back on the stories he's heard of
    What he's going to see.

    This part is about him thinking about the stories he heard about afterlife and he's wondering about the things he will find out.

    I think it's about death and afterlife. Just my two cents.
    boniknikon July 08, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is crafted in a beautifully woven metaphorical style.

    Here's what this song means to 'me'.

    This song symbolizes the answering of our calling, one that changes the life of those who answer their beckoning. Medieval philosophy suggests that life truly begins when you answer your life's call and truly know the purpose of your life. (Present day presents us late bloomers who reckon life begins at 40, but in the erstwhile ages, Man was considered to be mature enough to understand his purpose by the time he was 20). So a boy born in the year of the fox would turn 20 in the next year of the fox.

    Well, according to the book of Titanica (that explains the astrological calendar of the Titan) states that those born in the year of the fox are the curious sorts who crave to seek answers and spread them, usually through sermons (often even to those uninterested - with the power to turn them into disciples too).

    Let's say, for now, that the central character of this song (Strong young man of the 'rising sun' - Lord Buddha visited Japan in his 20s, coincidence?) heard his calling (tolling of the great black black - the bell of time and truth in some mystical epics).

    There in the middle of the circle he stands searching, seeking:

    The fourth and final reason why Buddha left the material world and its pleasures to lead an ascetic life was when he saw an ailing old man bent with age, begging for his death. "Daylight waits while the old man sings "Heaven help me", And then like the rush of a thousand wings It shines upon "the one" And the day (of Buddha's new ascetic life) had just begun.

    "With just one touch of his trembling hand The answer will be found." Symbolised the tapping of one's inner wisdom for answers to life's questions.

    "There in the middle of the circle (of life ) he stands, seeing, feeling." - The 4 causes of Pain and suffering was what Buddha saw as spokes of the Karmic Cycle.

    "With just one wave of the stong right hand He's gone" - Buddha's renunciation

    I mean I could go on seeking the meaning of the song...But I guess you guys got the picture.

    Think "Buddha" and the true and most convincing meaning of this song will emerge guys...Nothing religious here...Just follow the song with the life history of Buddha in mind.

    tejasdattaon December 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere comes a time when the young man must face is destony and dethrone the king.
    [Service to busy]on November 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe problem with interpreting Ronnie James' songs is that he seems to start with a metaphorical story, and then puts it into lyrical form, so one has to decipher on two levels.

    The story here is of the young man searching for the "answer", whatever the hell it is. And the answer seems to be in the middle of the circle, where he started of, suggesting the answer was in him all along. The saga concludes with him sharing it with the rest of the people.

    The message of the song seems to be that rather than searching for Kings in the world around us, we should instead turn to the Kingly qualities within ourselves.
    Isenon July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti see this as simply an adventure story. dio is a genius in painting imagery with his lyrics and singing style. he can tell a whole fantasy (dragon-genre) story in less than 5 mins
    auserlesensafiron September 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat an amazing song...So poetic and lyrical, it is like rock right from the medieval times!
    You guys have put it well:i think it is about the search for meaning,following youa ambitions and trying to be what you (think you) are made for.
    armagezonon January 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBlack metal? lol
    geirkbendon September 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've been trying to figure out this song for a long time. does anyone have any ideas?? the lyrics seem very interesting but what exactly is he referring to??
    Ereinionon March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe the temple of the king is within him. and would agree with isen in saying that the answer he seeks is inside him as well in 'the temple'.
    SergeF2007on March 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe year of the fox refers to a year in the calendar of Titan. Titan is a world that is the setting for several books in the role playing genre. Myabe Dio was a fan of the books and it inspired him to write a song. That's my best best guess.
    msstateguy18on April 28, 2010   Link

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