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Sunday, May 23, 2010


Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The year was 1980 and I had just heard the new Black Sabbath album Heaven & Hell featuring new singer Ronnie James Dio...I was a huge Ozzy/Sabbath fan and did know not what to expect, by the time the album had finished I knew I would never be the same. Ronnie James Dio had the most amazing voice I had ever heard. Most metal singers were trying to sound like Robert Plant. Dio was able to retain sweetness in his highs while dropping down into ballsy lows with incredible range. The lyrics from Heaven and Hell are still some of the most inspiring  ever written. Songs about freedom and the trappings of duality and materialism were not common in the rock/metal world at the time. Dio and new producer Martin Birch were  able to create a much more refined Sabbath sound. They lowered Bill Wards drums and Geezer Butlers bass(which is what gave Ozzy's Sabbath its signature sound) in the mix and allowed Tony Iommi to create a much more symphonic sound that drove all of the songs on the album. Thank you RJD ! 

BLACK SABBATH - Heaven and Hell

The lover of life's not a sinner

The ending is just a beginner

The closer you get to the meaning

The sooner you'll know that you're dreaming

So it's on and on and on, oh it's on and on and on... See More

It goes on and on and on, Heaven and Hell

I can tell, fool, fool!

Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion

For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life

Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer

And it's on and on, on and on and on....

They say that life's a carousel

Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well

The world is full of Kings and Queens

Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams

It's Heaven and Hell, oh well

And they'll tell you black is really white

The moon is just the sun at night

And when you walk in golden halls

You get to keep the gold that falls

It's Heaven and Hell, oh no!Fool, fool!

You've got to bleed for the dancer!

Fool, fool!Look for the answer!

Fool, fool, fool!


Gather the wind

Though the wind won't help you fly at all

Your back's to the wall

Then chain the sun

And then it turns around and face you

As you run, you run, you run!

Behind a smile

There's danger and a promise to be told

You'll never get old

Life's fantasy

To be locked away and still to think you're free

...You're free

You're free"

So live for today

Tomorrow never comes

Die young, young

Die young, die young

Die young, die young, young ...

DIO - Rainbow in the Dark

When there's lightning - it only always brings me down

Cause it's free and I see that it's me

Who's lost and never found
Do your demons - do they ever let you go

When you've tried - do they hide -deep inside

Is it someone that you know

You're just a picture - you're an image caught in time

We're a lie - you and I

...We're words without a rhyme
Feel the magic - I feel it floating in the air

But it's fear - and you'll hear

It calling you beware

There's no sign of the morning coming

There's no sign of the day ... See More

You've been left on your own

Like a Rainbow in the Dark

RJD in Jack Blacks Tenacious D movie "Pick of Destiny"
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