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Rainbow

℗ 1976 Polydor Records 2490 137

℗ 1976 Oyster Records SPELP 35

℗ 1993 Santa Records 2929098

Rainbow  1976  Rising

On their second release, Rainbow not only avoid the sophomore jinx; they hit a home run. After replacing the entire band (except Ronnie James Dio) immediately following the recording of the first album, Ritchie Blackmore and the Rising lineup (Blackmore; Dio; Tony Carey, keys; Jimmy Bain, bass; and the late, great Cozy Powell, drums) had plenty of time on the road touring the first album to get the chops and material together for their second. In particular, "Stargazer" really came together on the 1975 tour and featured stunning keyboard work from Carey. The material is uniformly strong, with "Starstruck" and "A Light in the Black" standing out in particular. Ronnie Dio turns in a great vocal on the stunningly direct (under three minutes!) "Do You Close Your Eyes." All six songs on the album are up there with anything the band has done, before or since. The playing has a very tight, colorful feel to it, which was lacking a bit on the first record. This album can legitimately be mentioned in the same breath as classic Deep Purple. Geoff Ginsberg.

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Tarot Woman

(Blackmore Dio)

I don't want to go
Something tells me no
No, no, no
But traces in the sand
The lines inside my hand
Say go, go, go

Beware of a place
A smile on a bright shiny face
I'll never return
How do you know, tarot woman?
I don't know, I don't know

She can take you there
The entrance to the fair
My, my, my
Ride the carousel
And cast a magic spell
You can fly, fly

Beware of a place
A smile on a bright shiny face
I'll never return
How do you know, tarot woman?
But I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know

Something in the air
Tells me to beware
No, no, no
Her love is like a knife
She'll carve away your life
So go, go, go

Beware of a place
A smile on a bright shiny face
I'll never return
How do you know, tarot woman?
I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, hey, I don't know

Run with the Wolf

(Blackmore Dio)

In the light of the day
You can hear the old ones say
Was the sound last night the wind?
Can you feel the change begin?

And by the fall of the snow
A single soul will go
Footsteps on the white
There's an unholy light

There's a hole in the sky
Something evil's passing by
What's to come?
When the siren calls, you go
To run with the wolf

When the world makes a turn
The eyes of one will learn
That a sound just like the wind
Only makes the change begin

By the end of the rain
The feeling's passed again
From the things that snap and bite
An unholy light

There's a hole in the sky
Something evil's passing by
What's to come?
When the siren calls, you go
To run with the wolf

There's a break in the ground
Like the swirling waters angry as they pull you down
When the siren calls, you go, yeah
To run with the wolf
Run with the wolf

There's a hole in the sky
Something evil is passing by
What's to come?
When the siren calls, you go, yeah
To run with the wolf
Run with the wolf

Like a beast in a field
You know his fate is sealed
He runs with the wolf, oh
Run with the wolf

Sees his mate
He knows it's late
There he goes
To run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Run with the wolf

Run with the wolf
Run with the wolf
Run with the wolf

Run, run, run, there we go
Run, run, run, run, run
Run with the wolf
Run with the wolf
All right
Run with the wolf

Starstruck

(Blackmore Dio)

If I'm high on the hill
She'll still been looking down at me
What does she see
That brings her closer every day to my heart

If I'm away from home
And think I'm all alone
She's there, somewhere
I look around to see
And looking back at me
She's there, beware

She's creeping like a hungry cat
I've seen it before, I know it can mean that

The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
The lady's starstruck, running after me
The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
Yeah

I could fly to the moon
But she'd soon find and wait me there
I never knew for a while
That a smile made them really care

She wants a souvenir
To everyone it's clear
She's hooked, one look
She wants a photograph
And everybody laughs
But not me 'cause I see

She's creeping like a hungry cat
I've seen it before, I know it can mean that

The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
The lady's starstruck, running after me
The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh my, the lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
The lady's starstruck, running after me, yeah
The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
Yeah

It used to be a game
Now I can't repeat my name at all
She seems to believe
That I never can refuse a call

She wants a souvenir
To everyone it's clear
She's hooked, one look
She wants a photograph
And everybody laughs, ha
But not me 'cause I see

She's creeping like a hungry cat
I've seen it before, I know it can mean that

The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
The lady's starstruck, running after me
The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
Bad luck

The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
The lady's starstruck, running after me
The lady's starstruck, she's nothing but bad luck
Bad luck, bad luck, bad luck

And back in the tree
And looking back at me
Climbing up my stair
I've just got to beware
The lady's starstruck, yes, she's bad luck, bad luck

Do You Close Your Eyes

(Blackmore Dio)

A mystery in me
It's something I can't see
But I see you very well
You're slippy, cool
Nobody's fool
But there's something inside I can tell

I know a poor man, a rich man
I know I can talk to a king
But nobody here is gonna tell me
I can't find out one thing

I see a glow around you
Open your arms
'Cause I'm walking to you coming straight on through
Maybe I'm wrong
But I know it won't take long to see

Do you close your eyes
Do you close your eyes
Do you close your eyes
When you're making love
Making sweet love to me, yeah

The logical trend
Is that I'll know in the end
The things that make you smile
So right from the start
I take an aim at your heart
And know that all the while

I know a rich man, a poor man
I know I can talk to a king
So nobody here is going to make me believe
I can't find out one thing

I see a glow around you
Open your arms
'Cause I'm coming, running straight on through
I could be wrong
But I know it won't take long to see

Do you close your eyes
Do you close your eyes
Do you close your eyes
When you're making love

Do you close your eyes
Do you close your eyes, I've got to know
Do you close your eyes
When you're making love

Stargazer

(Blackmore Dio)

High noon, oh I'd sell my soul for water
Nine years worth of breakin' my back
There's no sun in the shadow of the wizard
See how he glides, why he's lighter than air
Oh I see his face!

Where is your star?
Is it far, is it far, is it far?
When do we leave?
I believe, yes, I believe

In the heat and the rain
With whips and chains
To see him fly
So many died
We built a tower of stone
With our flesh and bone
To see him fly
But don't know why
Now where do we go?

Hot wind, moving fast across the desert
We feel that our time has arrived
The world spins, while we put his dream together
A tower of stone to take him straight to the sky
Oh I see his face!

Where is your star?
Is it far, is it far, is it far?
When do we leave?
Hey, I believe, I believe

In the heat and the rain
With whips and chains
Just to see him fly
Too many died
We built a tower of stone
With our flesh and bone
To see him fly
But we don't know why
Ooh, now where do we go?

All eyes see the figure of the wizard
As he climbs to the top of the world
No sound, as he falls instead of rising
Time standing still, then there's blood on the sand
Oh I see his face!

Where was your star?
Was it far, was it far?
When did we leave?
We believed, we believed, we believed

In heat and rain
With the whips and chains
To see him fly
So many died
We built a tower of stone
With our flesh and bone
To see him fly
But why
In all the rain
With all the chains
Did so many die
Just to see him fly
Look at my flesh and bone
Now, look, look, look, look
Look at his tower of stone
I see a rainbow rising
Look there, on the horizon
And I'm coming home, I'm coming home, I'm coming home
Time is standing still
He gave back my will
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Going home
I'm going home
My eyes are bleeding
And my heart is leaving here
But it's not home
But it's not home
Ooh

Take me back
He gave back my will
Ooh ooh ooh ooh
Going home
I'm going home
My eyes are bleeding
And my heart is leaving here
But it's not home
But it's not home
Ooh
Ooh
Take me back, take me back
Back to my home ooh, ooh, ooh

A Light in the Black

(Blackmore Dio)

Can't forget his face
What a lonely place
Has he really let us go?
All the time that's lost
What's the final cost?
Will I really get away?

All my life it seems
Just a crazy dream
Reaching for somebody's star
Can't believe it all
Did he really fall?
What to do now, I don't know

Something's calling me back
There's a light in the black
Am I ready to go?
I'm coming home

Breathed the air before
Heard the thunder roar
Never knew it was for me
Always looking down
Lost and never found
Eyes that look but not to see

All my life it seems
Just a crazy dream
Reaching for somebody's star
Like an open door
That you've passed before
But you never had the key

Something's calling me back
There's a light in the black
Am I ready to go?
I'm coming home
I'm coming home, yeah
I'm going back to my home

I'm going home, home, home
Going home, home, home
I'm coming back

Won't forget his face
What a lonely place
Did he really let us go?
All the time that's lost
What's the final cost?
Will I really get away?

All my life it seems
Just a crazy dream
Reaching for somebody's star
Can't believe it all
Did he really fall?
What to do now when I know

Something's calling me back
Like a light in the black
Yes I'm ready to go
I'm coming home, home yeah

I'm on my way back home
To the sky
There in the sky
I see a star