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Dio - Rock 'n' Roll Children


Dio - Rock 'n' Roll Children - Meaning of the song


"Rock 'N' Roll Children" is a song exemplary of Dio’s style of blending the theme of rock ‘n’ roll with fantasy elements. It is about boy and a girl, meant for each other and at the same time hostile opposites, ending up alone in the dark. The song seems to be closely connected to the song "Sacred Heart" from the same album, which is about a quest imposed by a wizard to find the sacred heart bleeding in the night; in "Rock 'N' Roll Children" the fall in the darkness of the couple is expressed as the breaking of a heart.


Some of the elements in the lyrics of the song "Sacred Heart" are used in the music video of "Rock 'N' Roll Children". In this video, two kids get in an argument because the boy is planning on quitting his rock 'n' roll music career for a steady job and his girl accuses him of "selling out". A rainstorm comes up and the two seek shelter inside an antique store named Curios. The store belongs to the wizard played by Ronnie James Dio, who seems to have some secret involvement in the matter of their trouble. They hide in a closet and disappear in the nightmare world of the wizard, separate from each other. This dark world of the wizard reflects ordinary society, a hostile world for children of rock 'n' roll, because they don’t want to be enslaved by its rules and authority figures (such as parents and teachers). In the end, the boy and girl find each other and make up with the implication that the boy will return to his previous career in rock 'n' roll. The wizard's game is over until the next passerby enters his store.


Dio - Rock 'n' Roll Children - Lyrics


It was starting to rain

On the night that they first decided

It was blinding with snow

On the night that they ran away

They were found in the dark

But they never returned

Just like somebody slammed the door


She was meant to be wild

He was nearly a child

But they only could feel each other

They were paper and fire

Angel and liar

The devil of one another


Then they were thrown to the ground

With a terrible sound

Just like somebody broke a heart


Rock 'N' Roll Children

Alone again

Rock 'N' Roll Children

Without a friend

But they got Rock 'N' Roll


It was starting to rain

On the night that they cried forever

it was blinding with snow

On the night that they screamed goodbye


They were lost in the dark

And they never returned

Just like somebody slammed the door


On Rock 'N' Roll Children

Alone again

Rock 'N' Roll Children

Without a friend

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