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Song Released: 1984


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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 11:38pm report


    It was said that Dio never pretended to be one of his youthful audience. However it was clear that he spoke/sang directly to us. “Us” being GenX. I always felt like Dio was one of the very few musical prophets that GenX had. There were 80 million Boomers before us and 80 million millennials behind us. GenX totaled just 37 million. We are clearly far more independent (even loners) than then gens that sandwich us. We always struggled for identity. So much so that most of us would rather stay anonymous. Instead of being a “bridge” between two larger generations, we were quickly cast as the Last In Line. Many intellectuals have cast us as the sad and ungrateful ending to the Boomer’s great legacy. Not Ronnie. We’re the last in line, see how we shine!



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 9:15pm report


    The meaning I see in it is who we are, our essence, is a potential, We can begin actions but how they play out is another matter, such as the throw before the toss. We also see ourselves in an inner world that isn't necessarily how the outer world sees us, the smile without the mirror. We are seen by both the potential and the consequences and results of our actions.

    We begin in a perceived state of innocence, and untroubled by our path, so we are the ship without the storm, born upon the cross. To partake of the world means taking action and losing innocence--the only way to go is down.

    We journey to the witch--I agree, Wizard of Oz, but allegorically the journey of life to find who we are, the magic of discovery, the search for the truth.

    The final conclusion probably is the tribulation, the last in line for salvation. None of us are completely good or bad, but the ultimate summation of whether we're divine or evil we simply don't know, it's a judgement on a life we've interpreted by our intents but not seen objectively.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 7th, 2019 2:11pm report


    Whether Dio intended it or not, the song has paralells with the Biblical account of tribulation. Salvation is granted even to those who ask forgiveness after the Church is raptured. Those persons saved, sometimes referred to as tribulation saints, may be the “last in line” for salvation. Just a theory but it brings an interesting dimension to the lyrics.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 7th, 2019 1:59pm report


    We're off to the witch
    We may never, never, never, come home
    But the magic that we'll feel
    Is worth the lifetime

    - Straight from of "The Wizard of Oz". Dorothy was off to see the Wizard to get her home. But Dio instead sings of being off to see the witch. Choosing that path is not safe, it may never get you home, but maybe something extraordinary happens instead.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 10th, 2018 2:43pm report


    When the world ends in 1000 years I am last in the line to see the holy phoenix.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 3rd, 2017 11:34pm report


    "We're the hand that writes
    Then quickly moves away" is a reference to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

    The most famous (translated) lines of the Rubaiyat speak of the moving finger:

    "The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
    Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it."

    Essentially: take responsibility for the things that you do, because once you've done them, you can't go back in time and undo them.



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    Donald Ray
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    Jun 26th, 2016 6:07pm report


    I came to this web page looking for the meaning of this song, so please forgive me if I do not do a good job of explaining what "The Last In Line" means???


    "The Last In Line"
    We're the ship without a storm
    The cold without the warm
    Light inside the darkness
    That it needs, yeah
    (I see this as the purity of a young child before the worldly influences have had a chance to darken its soul)

    We're a laugh without tear
    The hope without the fear
    We are coming, home
    (This is the joy and innocence if the young)

    We're off to the witch
    We may never, never, never, come home
    But the magic that we'll feel
    Is worth the lifetime
    (The thrill of moving out on your own and having your first place to live that is not owned by your family, wether it is a “Dorm Room”, a “Frat House”, or “your first Apartment”. For some, the break is permanent and complete. Hence the, “We may never, never, never, come home” line.)

    We're all born upon the cross
    We're the throw before the toss
    You can release yourself
    But the only way is down
    (“We're all born upon the cross” Christ died for our sins. “You can release yourself
    But the only way is down” Christians believe that to leaving Christianity is a one-way ticket to HELL.)

    We don't come alone
    We are fire, we are stone
    We're the hand that writes
    Then quickly moves away
    (I have to admit this one stumps me.)

    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line, yeah
    We're the last in line
    (Come “Judgement Day” it does not matter if you are Evil or Divine, because for some reason you are the last one to be “judged”)

    Two eyes from the east
    It's the angel or the beast
    And the answer lies
    Between the good and bad
    (Who is coming for you, “the angel or the beast”, that all depends on how you lived your life)

    We search for the truth
    We could die upon the tooth
    But the thrill of just the chase
    Is worth the pain
    (The search for of our life.)

    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line, yeah
    We're the last in line, oh

    Yeah, we're off to the witch
    We may never, never, never come home
    But the magic that we'll feel
    Is worth a lifetime

    We're all born upon the cross
    You know we're the throw before the toss
    You can release yourself
    But the only way to go is down

    We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line, oh
    We're the last in line
    See how we shine

    We're the last in
    We're the last in
    We're the last in
    We're the last in
    We're the last in
    We're the first in line, oh

    We're a ship without a storm
    We're the cold inside the warm
    We're the laugh without tear
    We're the smile without the mirror

    We're the last in line
    We're the last in line
    We're the last in line
    See how we shine
    We're the last in line


    If this does not make any sense to, I am very sorry. Writing is not one my strong points. I think in pictures and translating pictures into words is a skill that I have not mastered as of yet.




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