When evening falls
She'll run to me
Like whispered dreams
Your eyes can't see

Soft and warm
She'll touch my face
A bed of straw
Against the lace

We believed we'd catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
Sail away on ships of wonder

But life's not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me

Calm the dawn
Calm the dawn
Calm the dawn
Calm the dawn

We believed we'd catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
And sail away on ships of wonder

But life's not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me, oh bless me, bless me

Calm the dawn
Calm the dawn
Calm the dawn
Calm the dawn


Lyrics submitted by han2, edited by RonaldSing

Catch The Rainbow song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentRonnie James Dio explains in a 1975 radio special

    "Catch the rainbow is lyrically medieval in that it's concerning a stable boy who makes it with a lady of the court. She sneaks off to sleep on his bed of straw every night and they think it's all going to work but as we rudely find out, it never does and they kind of go their own way, but it's a track that I think Ritchie and I are very proud of."

    Hail Rainbow
    R.I.P. RJD
    Cumarison August 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think many of you are very close, and have found very valid meanings in this song. Which is just as good as what I am to present. While I cannot give a source, I remember an interview where Ronnie James Dio explained the meaning behind the song. His inspiration for it was a princess and a stableboy falling in love, which fits perfect with the lines:

    "A bed of straw
    Against the lace"

    After all, a straw bed is something a poor person would have been sleeping on, while lace is a fabric only rich people could afford in any historical age. As you can see from the chorus, they would eventually be torn apart by the different worlds they belonged to.

    Then again, and I cannot stress this enough, there is not enough information in the song lyrics to get what the real story is, so like with many of his songs, Ronnie wanted us to find our own meaning in it. Therefore, the opinions presented here are just as valid as what Ronnie originally came up with.
    Sirionon May 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't have an idea about what does this song mean....but I think it's about high hopes in somethings .... : we believed we'd catch the rainbow
    but finally, life isn't that easy : life's a chains made with steel..
    GREAT GREAT song, I have the live one it's like 10 minutes long and Ritchie Blackmore (the guitarist) plays a 3 minute solo, great song.
    dylanrockson February 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe live version of this song is 4 times as amazing as the original, anybody who hasnt got the live version of this song and loves the original get it fast
    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon June 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is great.. Thats all I can say about it.. makes anything feel special at anytime.. specially when you want to get into a " romantic " moment witha girl lol :P
    leetwrckon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCheck it out:

    youtube.com/…

    Nowhere close to the classic but an admirable effort no less!
    mobileinfantryon September 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat does the phrase "come the dawn" mean?
    Mr. Crowleyon October 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe live version of this,is one of the best songs ever.Check it out.Richie just makes love on stage.
    armagezonon January 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI LOVE THIS SONG 2 DEATH ITS SO BEAUTIFUL, THE WORDS, THE VOICE & THE MUSIC! AS WITH ANY RAINBOW SONG WITH DIO & BLACKMORE BEHIND THE LYRICS, I DON'T GET ANY IMPRESSION THAT THIS SONG HAS ANY KIND OF DEEP MEANING OR SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE. I SIMPLY THINK, LIKE MANY OF THERE OTHERS IT IS SIMPLY A FANTASTICAL STORY PUT 2 MUSIC. IN MY OPINION, GENIUS. I THINK THIS STORY IN PARTICULAR IS ABOUT A PAIR OF MEDIEVAL ILLICIT LOVERS. (WHEN EVENING FALLS SHE'L RUN 2 ME) SUGESTING THAT THE MEETING MUST BE DONE IN SECRET UNDER COVER OF NIGHT FALL. MY REASONING BEHIND WHY I THINK THEY HAVE TO HIDE THERE LOVE IS BECAUSE SHE IS PROBABLY A PRINCESS OR AT LEAST A WEALTHY WOMAN (I LIKE 2 BELIEVE A PRINCESS) & HE IS A STABLE BOY. (A BED OF STRAW UNDERNEATH THE LACE) LACE BEING FROM THE WOMANS DRESS WHICH ONLY THE RICH WOULD HAVE. THEY HAD ALL THESE DREAMS THAT 1 DAY THEY COULD B 2GEATHER & ACHIEVE ANYTHING. (WE BELIEVED WE'D CATCH THE RAINBOW....ETC-METAPHOR) BUT UNFORTUNATELY LIFE IS NOT THAT SIMPLE & THINGS NEVER RUN SMOOTHLY, NOTHING IS GUARANTEED.(BUT LIFES NOT A WHEEL WITH CHAINS MADE OF STEEL) I INTERPRET THE LINE "BLESS ME COME THE DAWN" 2 B THE STABLE BOY LITERALY SAYING "GOD HELP ME IN THE MORNING" BECAUSE HE DOESNT WANT 2 B FOUND WITH HIS RICH LOVER AS HE KNOWS SHE WILL B TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM & HE WILL MOST LIKELY B MURDERED & POSSIBLY SO WILL SHE 4 CAUSING SUCH SHAME. TONI IOMMI PERFORMED THIS AT RONNIE JAMES DIO'S FUNERAL. GOD BLESS U RONNIE!
    MUSICxWASxMYx1STxLOVEon July 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the Catch the Rainbow lyrics may be about high hopes, as dylanrocks has said, but high hopes gone unfulfilled. I really like this song very much. It's so calm compared to their other hard rockin' songs. The group's ability to create both types of songs successfully is what makes them so awesome.
    kirbstaon February 25, 2006   Link

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