Look away from the sea
I can take you anywhere
Spend a vision with me
A chase with the wind

Move closer to me
I can make you anyone
I think you're ready to see
The gates of Babylon

The power of what has been before
Rises to trap you within
A magic carpet ride a genie maybe more
A city of heavenly sin
Sleep with the devil and then you must pay
Sleep with the devil and the devil will take you away
Oh gates of Babylon

You can see but you're blind
Someone turned the sun around
But you can see in your mind
The gates of Babylon

You're riding the endless caravan
Bonded and sold as a slave
A sabre dance removing all the veils
Getting as good as you gave
Sleep with the devil and then you must pay
Sleep with the devil and the devil will take you away

Look away from the sea
I can take you anywhere
Spend a vision with me
A chase with the wind

Move closer to me
I can make you anyone
I think you're ready to see
The gates of Babylon

The power of what has been before
Rises to trap you within
A magic carpet ride a genie maybe more
A city of heavenly sin
Sleep with the devil and then you must pay
Sleep with the devil and the devil will take you away
Black gates of Babylon

The devil is me
And I'm holding the key
To the gates of sweet hell
Babylon


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  • +1
    General Commentawesome song!! rainbow is a highly underrated band. very sad! :(
    Ereinionon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever be taken in by your fantasies and things you dream of- As ever with such lyrics, Dio excels in their creation and delivery.
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmad song, mad mad song.
    mattalacon November 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. If you like this you should also hear Yngwie Malmsteen's version.
    maidenfanon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgreed with maidenfan, the yngwie version is awesome, as so are alot of his other covers from his inspirations album. ^__^ The song itself maybe is like the ultimate sin city itslef, in the way that it's a place where the erotic (not to be perverted) or occult pleasure can be accesed only if wanted to. Or I might be totaly worng. ^__^ Wouldn't be surprised there!
    Although, my favorite song that Dio does is Sails of Charon, another Yngwie cover. =^__^=
    obsidiansaberon June 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful ending (with the violin solo) not to mention incredible lyrical change to the chorus that hits you like a a brick. Blackmoore is a god!
    floydian18on June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDude.. Blackmore got me into guitar.. and Dio into rock/metal.. Them together is the best thing ever to me lol.. I used to listen to early deep purple, and some Sabbath ( heaven and hell ) and also Dio, and Elf.. but when the 2 got together.. omg It was, is, and will be awesome
    leetwrckon September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou should hear a song from the spanish folkmetal band Mago de Oz called "en nombre de dios". Its a spanish translated cover and its awesome.
    jay696on January 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, no thanks to Baal... He did not want it finished, did anyone know that?
    stephan76on July 03, 2009   Link
  • -4
    General CommentWOT A CRACKER OF A SONG! IN EVERY WHICH WAY! GENIUS. 1CE AGAIN I HAVE NO BLIEFE THAT THIS SONG CONTAINS ANY DEEP & MEANINGFUL MESSAGE, JUST MORE FANTASY. WHICH IS THE REASON I LOVE DIO SO MUCH. I CANT QUITE HOWEVER, FIGURE OUT ENTIRELY WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT. I KNOW BABYLON WAS THE 1ST HOLY CITY, 2 MY KNOWLEDGE THER WERW NO GATES. EXEPT PERHAPS 2 THE FAMOUSE HANGING GARDENS, WHICH I THINK WERE MADE BY A KING FOR HIS WIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THE CHORUS IS VERY SINISTER, ABOUT THE DEVIL. BUT THE VERSES ARE VERY INTENSE & ENTRANCING. I HAVE A FEW IDEAS WHAT THIS SONG MAY BE ABOUT, 1 IS THAT DIO IS THE DEVIL HIMSELF TRYING 2 CAPTURE A PERSONS SOUL (I LIKE 2 THINK OF A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN, POSSIBLY VIRGINAL, BECAUSE ITS VERY ERROTIC, I THINK) OFFERING WONDERFULL THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE COULD ONLY DREAM OF & CLAIMING THER SOUL IN RETURN. ACTUALLY QUITE LIKE SATAN DID 2 EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN... THE 1ST STANZA IS DEFFINATELY SAYING COME 2 ME & I WILL GIVE YOU WONDERFUL THINGS, TAKE YOU WONDEROUS PLACES! THE 2ND IS PERHAPS SEXUAL, "MOVE CLOSER 2 ME..." "I THINK YOUR READY 2 C THE GATES OF BABYLON" THE LAST BIT MIGHT BE LIKE I CAN SHOW YOU HEAVEN (ORGASM?) "THE POWER OF WHAT HAS BEEN BEFORE RISES 2 TRAP U WITHIN" COULD BE REFFERAL BACK 2 EVE, OR JUST GENERAL TMPTATION WHICH HAS OVERCOME MANY PEOPLE BEFORE. "A MAGIC CARPET RIDE, A GENIE MAYBE MORE" OFFERING 2 SHOW WONDERFUL, MAGICAL PLACES AT THERE COMMAND LIKE A GENIE....OR THE DEVIL. I THINK THE CHORUS IS JUST TO SAY DONT FALL FOR THE DEVILS SEDUCTIONS/TEMPTATIONS, HE OWNS U THEN. I THINK THE VERY LAST LINE, "THE DEVIL IS ME & IM HOLDING THE KEY 2 THE GATES OF SWEET HELL BABYLON" IS EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS, I AM THE DEVIL & I HOLD THE KEY 2 YOUR DESIRES BUT IN RETURN U MUST ENDURE HELL. SO IN ALL, MAYBE A THERE IS A MESSAGE HERE, THINK OF THE CONSEQUENCES BEFORE YOU SUCUMB TO TEMPTATION. BUT I DON'T THINK THATS WHAT ITS ABOUT, ITS JUST A VERY ENTERTAINING STORY. ENJOY.
    MUSICxWASxMYx1STxLOVEon August 04, 2010   Link

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