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    May 24th, 5:54am report

    This song is like a Frost poem... you have to be very attentive.

    The defining chorus lines are:

    The lover of life's not the sinner;
    the ending is just a beginner;
    the closer you get to the meaning;
    the sooner you know that you're dreaming.

    These lines set out the rest of the song.

    1. If you take pleasure in life, you are not a sinner. We spend all our time making money on the "carousel" and put off things that are thought of to be sinful

    2. Have you ever spent time with elderly people? They will tell you often times that if they had to do it all over again, that they would have stopped to enjoy life in the present. And now, the person realizes this as a beginner. There is not much life left, and s/he finally sees it.

    3. The more an older person gets to the meaning of this in their lives, the closer they are to shed their mortal shell and be "dreaming."

    So the lesson is that you should not just go along with what people or yourself expects. Yes, work. Hard. But enjoy life without guilt.


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    Feb 24th, 2019 2:35pm report

    I don't know for sure if it is done knowingly or if the musicians are mearly being used as agents. But the reference to the dancer I have come to believe represents, as it has many times in rock and roll, not a dancer but a dan sir. Yes, shake your heads but the dancer is the lost tribe of dan. The same tribe whose place in heaven was given away! The same tribe also known as the children of the sea. The same tribe from which the anti Christ is suppose to emerge. Love can be seen as the answer but nobody bleeds for the dancer. Still have your doubts? All I can say be is you may be a lover but you ain't no dancer!


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    Jun 9th, 2014 6:35am report

    In An Interview For VH1's "Heavy: The Story Of Metal", Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010) Stated That The Song Is About The Ability Of Each Human Being To Choose Between Doing Good And Doing Evil, Essentially That Each Person Has "Heaven And Hell" Inside Themselves.


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    Mar 4th, 2014 3:04pm report

    The song is about how in life people say and behave like they will treat you well and give you what you want if you give them what they want. Once they are made royalty and given power over what they want, they take your power and your freedom and make it theirs. The truth behind the song is that if you give anyone authority over yourself, you have doomed yourself. You are your own master, and if you make someone else your king or queen, they'll blind your eyes and steal your dreams. This song is about life.

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