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Lyrics / Ritchie Blackmore´s Rainbow (1975)

1. MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN 6. THE TEMPLE OF THE KING
2. SELF PORTRAIT 7. IF YOU DON'T LIKE ROCK'N'ROLL
3. BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY 8. SIXTEENTH CENTURY GREENSLEEVES
4. CATCH THE RAINBOW 9. STILL I'M SAD
5. SNAKE CHARMER  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN
(Blackmore/Dio)

I'm a wheel, I'm a wheel
I can roll, I can feel
And you can't stop me turning
Cause I'm the sun, I'm the sun
I can move, I can run
But you'll never stop me burning

Come down with fire
Lift my spirit higher
Someone's screaming my name
Come and make me holy again
I'm the man on the silver mountain
I'm the man on the silver mountain
I'm the day, I'm the day
I can show you the way
And look, I'm right beside you

I'm the night, I'm the night
I'm the dark and the light
With eyes that see inside you
Come down with fire
Lift my spirit higher
Someone's screaming my name
Come and make me holy again

I'm the man on the silver mountain
I'm the man on the silver mountain
Come down with fire
And lift my spirit higher
Someone's screaming my name
Come and make me holy again
Well, I can help you, you know I can

I'm the man on the silver mountain
I'm the man on the silver mountain
Just look at me and listen
I'm the man, the man, give you my hand
I'm the man on the silver mountain

Come down with fire
And lift your spirit higher
I'm the man on the mountain
The man on the silver mountain
I'm the night, the light
The black and the white
The man on the silver mountain

 

SELF PORTRAIT
(Blackmore/Dio)

Paint me a picture and hang it on the wall
Cover it darkly, the lines must start to crawl
Down, down, down
Spin me around and around
Draw me away to the night from the day
Leave not a trace to be found
Down, down

Nothing is real but the way that I feel
And I feel like going down, down, down, down
Down, down, down, down, down

Paint me a picture of eyes that never see
With flashes of lightning that burn for only me

Hey hey hey
There's only the devil to pay
I'm ready to go
Pull me down from below
Give me a place I can lay

Hey hey
Nothing is real but the way that I feel
I feel like going down, down, down, down
Down, down, down, down

Hey hey
Nothing is real but the way that I feel
And I feel like going down
Down, down

Nothing is real but the way that I feel
And I feel like going down, down, down, down
Down, down, down, down
Down, down, down, down
Down

 

BLACK SHEEP OF THE FAMILY
(Hammond)

I've got nothing in my head
Got a floor for a bed
My future's at the bottom of a tea cup

I got a half a pair of shoes
And no time to lose
I'm wondering when I'm gonna to wise up

So, fortune shine your light on me and my nose
Cause we need some security
You get a little bad luck
And it grows and it grows
I'm the black sheep of the family

I've got half a pound of rice
A beard full of lice
A mission called retrogression

I've got a pocket full of dust
And eating is a must
If you wanna make a good impression

So, fortune shine your light on me and my dog
Cause we need some security
While all the folks are living high up the hog
I'm the black sheep of the family

Don't talk to me about society
You got to play the rules
Or pay the penalty

Because there's nothing to choose
Between a handful of blues
Double indemnity

The hour was wrong
And my shadow's getting long
My real life's a song, don't need much
But I've got an ache in my head
I wanna go to bed
Tomorrow I don't have to wake up, no

So wisdom shine your light on me and my knees
Cause it's true what they say about familiarity
There's nothing good this way
And it's true what they say
I'm the black sheep of the family

Oh, my wisdom shine your light on me and my knees
It's true what they say about familiarity
There's nothing good this way
And it's true what they say
I'm the black sheep of the family
Yeah, yeah

I'm the black sheep of the family
Just me and my dog, yeah, yeah
I'm the black sheep of the family
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I'm the black sheep of the family
You've got me on my knees
I'm the black sheep of the family
Yeah, yeah, yeah

 

CATCH THE RAINBOW
(Blackmore/Dio)

When evening falls
She'll run to me
Like whispered dreams
Your eyes can't see
Soft and warm
She'll touch my face
A bed of straw
Against the lace

We believed we'd catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
Sail away on ships of wonder
But life's not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me

Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn

We believed we'd catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
And sail away on ships of wonder
But life's not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me, oh bless me, bless me

Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn

 

SNAKE CHARMER
(Blackmore/Dio)

Old hollow eyes
Got no ties
Walking by the light of the moon
Hey shiny boots
With strings and flutes
Rising like a crazy balloon

Close your door
He's on the loose
Umm, here he comes
No hope for you, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Snake charmer, he'll haunt her

So, hey mystery man
What's your plan
I've got to tell the world
To beware you, don't care
He'll hypnotize
And tell you lies
He's hiding at the top of the stairs

Close your door
He's on the move
I see him coming out
There's no hope for you, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Snake charmer
Snake charmer
Get out!

Hey fancy face
Got no place
Living from a hole in the ground
Old sparkle eyes
He never cries
One step ahead of the hound

Close your door
He's on his way
He's coming out of the shadows now, now
No hope for you, ooh
Snake charmer
Snake charmer, now listen to me yeah

Hey hollow eyes
Got no ties
Oh shiny boots
Play your strings and flutes
Mystery man what's your plan
Fancy face, got no place
Snake charmer
He'll harm her

Oh sparkle eyes
Got no ties
Oh shiny boots
Close your door
He's on the loose
Snake charmer
My mystery man what's your plan
I've got to tell the world to beware
You don't care
Hypnotized

 

THE TEMPLE OF THE KING
(Blackmore/Dio)

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
Meant the time had cometh
For one to go
To the temple of the king

There in the middle of the circle he stands
Searching, seeking
With just one touch of his trembling hand
The answer will be found

Daylight waits while the old man sings
Heaven help me
And then like the rush of a thousand wings
It shines upon the one
And the day had just begun

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 sing
It meant the time had cometh
For one to go
To the temple of the king

There in the middle of the people
He stands
Seeing, feeling
With just a wave of a strong right hand
He's gone
To the temple of the king

Far from the circle at the edge of the world
He's hoping, wondering
Thinking back from the stories he's heard
Of what he's going to see

There in middle of the circle it lies
Heaven help me
Then all could see by the shine in his eyes
The answer had been found

Back with the people in the circle
He stands
Giving, feeling
With just one touch of a strong right hand
They know
Of the temple and the king

 

IF YOU DON'T LIKE ROCK'N'ROLL
(Blackmore/Dio)

You'd never know there was some music playin'
Until you talked your way inside the door
And then a sound like rollin' thunder
Begins to push you right thru the floor
And there's a great white sign
With big black letters
That just about explains it all

If you don't like rock 'n' roll
Well, if you don't like rock 'n' roll
If you don't like rock 'n' roll
Then it's too late now
Well it's too late now

Hey hey
Of course there was the usual lady
And she was dressed the way the stories tell
So bein' cool I made a move to grab her
But you could see she read story well
And then she whipped out a card
With big black letters
That just about explained it all

Well if you don't like rock 'n' roll
If you don't like rock 'n' roll
Well if you don't like rock 'n' roll
Then you're too late now
Then you're too late now

Well, if you don't like rock 'n' roll
Well, if you don't like rock 'n' roll, yeah
If you don't like rock 'n' roll
Well it's too late now
You're too late now

If you don't like rock 'n' roll
If you don't like my rock 'n' roll
Then you're too late now
Then you're too late now
Then you're too late, too late now

 

SIXTEENTH CENTURY GREENSLEEVES
(Blackmore/Dio)

It's only been an hour
Since he locked her in the tower
The time has come
He must be undone
By the morning

Many times before
The tyrant's opened up the door
Then someone cries
Still we close our eyes
Not again

Meet me when the sun is in the western skies
The fighting must begin before another someone dies
Cross bows in the fire light
Green sleeves waving
Mad men raving
Through the shattered night
Yeah yeah yeah

Flames are getting higher
Make it leap unto the spire
Draw bridge down
Cut it to the ground
We shall dance around the fire

No more night
We have seen the light
Let it shine on bright
Hang him higher, higher
(Sixteenth century greensleeves)
Draw bridge down
Cut it to the ground
We shall dance all around the fire, around the fire

No more night
we've seen the light
let it shine on bright
Hang him higher, higher
Put the man on the fire

Draw bridge down
Cut it to the ground
We gotta dance around the fire, the fire, the fire

 

STILL I'M SAD
(Samwell-Smith/McCarty)

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