Just before dawn in the cold light
We came out of the night
A great expectation from the man who ran the show
Will it rain, will it snow, will it shine, we don't know
Are there clouds up in the sky

We sat in the sun, woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on

See the people, feel the power
There was sixty thousand there
Just like thunder the crowds began to roar
Where you there, did ya know, did ya see all the show
There was magic in the air

We sat in the sun woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on

See the rainbow shining brightly
Shooting rockets to the sky
Making music and it rolled on through the night
You could hear on the air rock n' roll everywhere
We were strangers in the night

We sat in the sun woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on


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    General Comment

    the lyrics speak for them self don't you agree...

    roeibooton November 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    It's about the Monsters of Rock festival at Donnington in Britian.

    woollymooreon March 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    It's about the Monsters of Rock festival at Donnington in Britian.

    woollymooreon March 12, 2007   Link
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    Song Fact

    According to an interview with vocalist Biff Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn this track was inspired by the previous year's Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donnington, something which is fairly evident from the lyrics. Byford added that the song was "originally a lot longer - there were three other verses, one about us, one about the American bands and one about Judas Priest. But we kicked them out and chopped it down a bit." The song also mentions Rainbow - the headliners - "See the rainbow shining brightly."

    The Donnington Festival was held on August 16, 1980, where Saxon joined Rainbow and five other bands - Judas Priest, the German band Scorpions, April Wine from Canada, and two bands from New York City - Riot and Touch.

    Kingofstilporton March 22, 2024   Link

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