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The Temple of the King Lyrics

One day, in the Year of the Fox
Came a time remembered well,
When the strong young man of the rising sun
Heard the tolling of the great black bell.

One day in the Year of the Fox,
When the bell began to ring,
It meant the time had come...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 17th report

    Well u guys so religous, the song is about the boxer who entered the ring then got knocked out u didnt read between the lines, theres a bell that rang that started the match, strong right hand means an right straight upper cut or a bolo hook no one knows but for me its about a boxer who died in the ring

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 18th report

    By saying “Year of the Fox” maybe the writer/singer wants to paraphrase something from the Chinese Horoscope. Fox, as an animal, isn't in it's circle. So, it's invented for.. songwriting purposes.

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2020 report

    It's Dark Souls lore. Strong young man of the rising Sun: Solaire. Temple of the King: Anor Londo. Great black bell: bells of awakening. That part about rush of a thousand wings: escape from Undead Asylum. Edge of the world: Dark Souls II first cutscene. You get it. Dark Souls keeping it real 1975

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 16th 2019 report

    why speculate?
    In an interview in 1975 with Jon Tiven: Blackmore has said that the song describes a spiritual journey to the mysterious Temple Of The King, where he finds his answer. Blackmore, who was into yoga long before it was trendy, said that he was watching a show called Yoga for Health when he got the idea for the song.

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 31st 2019 report

    Strong young man: Christ
    Tolling of the great black bell: calling for death
    Temple: Heaven
    King: God
    Thousand wings: many Angel's
    The day has just begun: new afterlife started
    Strong right hand: JC's power or Holy Spirit

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 21st 2019 report

    Far from the circle of the edge of the world he's hoping wondering - Flat Earth Maybe???

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2018 report

    It’s about the coming “king” who will build the third temple. It’s all about the time, his power & all that’s been written about him to be fulfilled!

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2018 report

    Its about facing and emerging victorious of any personal challenges or trials that the one faces in life. The temple of the king is the temple with-in or oneself in which the trial (testing times) is held. One goes in with "trembling hands" "fearful" and "seeing and Feeling" of what "people" will think of us and how things are going to go in the trail. But once it starts one becomes more powerful and gain an upper hand or a "strong right hand" as the trial progress. Finally the one ends up being the king of the temple upon emerging victorious in the trial.

    Atleast that's what I get from it.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 12th 2018 report

    Maybe it's a depiction of an execution. A man is being executed in the middle of the circle, at dawn, at the edge of the death and the afterlife. There all answers will be found.

  10. anonymous
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    Feb 14th 2018 report

    It might be suggested that the meaning of this song might have something to do with the very old Chinese culture. Is this a viable idea to any ones knowledge?

  11. anonymous
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    May 10th 2017 report

    temple of the king - Solomon's temple.

    great sun - much could be said on this. but mostly it's god - the oness. The father. one is all.

    year of the fox - ss animal alchemy symbols, foxes are the cultivators of the Elixir of Life. They were also thought to be able to transform themselves into human form at night and visit the elderly, giving them sips of the mystical Elixer to prolong their life and health. As a solar animal, the fox is symbol of fire and all this meaning entails. I've written another page on this website about other persepectives and symbolic information on the fox here.

    rush of a thousand wings -In ancient Egypt, winged gods were protective gods. They protected creatures, covering them with their wings, as well as surrounding walls, enclosures and temples which doors were adorned with a winged image of Amon-R‚. The union of Butho, the snake, and Nekhebet, the vulture, representing respectively Lower and Upper Egypt, will give birth to a winged snake (similar to Quetzalcoatl, the well known Plumed Serpent of the Aztecs), symbolizing the union of Earth and Heaven.In Christian tradition, wings are associated with the light of the Sun of Justice that illuminates the Intelligence of the Just. God protects man with the shadow of his wings (Psalm). When man separates himself from God, he loses his own original wings. Angels are the purest expression of winged spirit. In Greece, Hermes had winged heels, symbol of the traveller and the messenger, of dreams, of impulse, of movement. The Greeks represented Love and Victory with wings. According to Plato, wings represent Intelligence and Understanding. That is the reason why they are associated with certain fabulous animals, such as Pegasus, representing the sublimation of the specific symbolism of the animal.

    with the people in the circle - Lodge?

  12. anonymous
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    May 5th 2017 report

    year of the fox - It is said that a person born during the Year of the Fox delights in finding things out and telling others about them (about the sleeping giant)

    tolling - luring
    great - significant number
    black bell - color & shape of army helmet

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2017 report

    tolling = luring
    great = many
    black bell = shape and color of army helmet
    year of the fox = season where people finding things out and telling others about them (the sleeping giant)

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 24th 2017 report

    The reference to the WW2 is smart althought I don't see it like this.
    Dio used to write text about medieval and fantastics theme.
    For me "the tolling of the great black bell" is a call to sacrifice for the strong young man (a countryman in Japan maybe !). Kind of imaginery ritual...

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2017 report

    strong right hand - salute
    thousand wings - tora tora planes
    day has just began - first attack
    lyrics repeated with all the same meaning
    ww2 no other option but to go to that land because of that Hand.

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