Rainbow - Temple Of The King - Meaning of the song
Written by lead singer Ronnie James Dio and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, "Temple Of The King" 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, which explains the vibe.
"A lot of people like that one, a lot of older people like it because it's more mellow, it's not a full-fledged assault on the ears. I don't like to do more than one or two songs like that per album. We probably won't perform that onstage, because the vocal harmonies are very strange in the middle part – I don't think it's a proper stage number, we'd have everyone falling asleep."
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 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