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Dio: Rainbow in the Dark Meaning


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Song Released: 1983

Rainbow in the Dark Lyrics

When there's lightning
You know it always brings me down
'Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
I cry out for magic
I feel it dancing in the light
It was cold, I lost my hold
To the shadows of the night



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    Mar 31st 2014 report

    that you have this tremendous potential inside you and you yourself know you have it but whatever or whoever your demon is it holds you back. (depression, bad relationship, acne scars, poor, stutter problem, immigrant, booze, obese)

    so nobody can see you shine see your light see how great you really are you are lost hidden from everyone

    you are a rainbow in the dark

    a waste of potential nobody will ever see you or know how great you could have been.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 17th report

    Yeah I think the song is is about being alone but also a jab at Blackmore. I definitely think the lady in the video is Dio and the stalker is Blackmore wanting Dio back after Rainbow ran through its commercial success and was struggling. What clinches it for me is Vivian Cambell at the end of the video taking the girl and playing guitar going by the creepy man.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2020 report

    It's about a boy being manipulated by the devil trying to fight he's way too the light but can't be seen because he's the only person who is witnessing the legion power.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2019 report

    The "rainbow" is a sign God promised to us. Read about it in the Bible.

    A rainbow can only be seen after a rain when clouds break allowing sun rays through. It never happens during the dark or lightning storm.

    I interpret this song to say that the Devil will promise us a rainbow but it is a trick so don't believe it.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 19th 2019 report

    He's stuck in the dark he sees out into the light but his demons won't let go of him so he stuck in the dark but he's a he's so shining but he is a rainbow in the dark no one can see him

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 30th 2018 report

    That Dio is speaking of his isolation after Rainbow and that it is a jab at Blackmore.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2018 report

    I have a feeling he speaks about blackmore.

  8. anonymous
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    May 16th 2017 report

    RJD was aware and tuned into something. Listened to him as a teen in the 80's, never really got it, it was just good heavy metal music.
    Now after several years of yogic studies and a different understanding of the word occult, I see Ronnie was tapped into something and he truly wanted to share it but couldn't.

    "Feel the magic. Feel it floating in the air."
    It is. One must be attuned to notice it.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 13th 2017 report

    This song is about satan creating you and leaving us. "when i see Lightning you know it always brings me down"- satan

    "We are an image caught in time,we are lies you and I, words with out a rhyme" -
    humans thinking god created us , yet we were created thru genetic experiments from satan or a reptillian lizard enity hense we are lies u and I.

    I think u will understand this song is occult.

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  10. anonymous
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    Apr 19th 2013 report

    Dio in an interview described why he made Rainbow in the dark...
    Its was made around his feelings on being lonely when he was younger, for all the people that felt alone and like the girl he wanted to get was with anther person. And because of this felt depressed and described himself as a Rainbow in the dark.. So basically..

    You feel alone because the person you want to be with is taken, also shown in the official video it has nothing to do with old bands or such..

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 5th 2011 report


    This song is about being left out, or left behind, hence "rainbow in the dark."

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2011 report

    Heroin addiction.
    Heroin is the tiger.

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