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Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy, Ronnie James Dio, Scott Warren and Simon Wright

Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio. The band dissolved in 2010 when Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer at the age of 67.

Song lyrics[edit]

Between the velvet lies
There's a truth that's hard as steel
The vision never dies
Life's a never ending wheel

All lyrics written by Ronnie James Dio.

Holy Diver (1983)[edit]

  • You are the strongest chain
    And not just some reflection
    So never hide again
    • Stand Up and Shout
  • Between the velvet lies
    There's a truth that's hard as steel
    The vision never dies
    Life's a never ending wheel
  • And it's a given rule
    That we're all fools
    And need to have a little sin
    • Gypsy
  • Looking inside of yourself
    You might see someone you don't know
    Maybe it's just what you need
    Letting the river in you flow
    • Caught in the Middle
  • Don't talk to strangers
    Cause they're only there to do you harm
    Don't write in starlight
    'Cause the words may come out real
    Don't hide in doorways
    You may find the key that opens up your soul
    Don't go to Heaven cause it's really only Hell
    • Don't Talk to Strangers
  • Never tell a secret with your eyes
    It's the eyes that let you down
    Tell a little truth with many lies
    It's the only way I've found
    • Straight Through the Heart
  • If your circle stays unbroken
    Then you're a lucky man
    'Cause it never, never, never has for me
    In the palace of the virgin
    Lies the chalice of the soul
    And it's likely you might find the answer there
    • Invisible
  • Do your demons
    Do they ever let you go?
    When you've tried, do they hide deep inside?
    Is it someone that you know?
  • Shame on the night
    For places I've been and what I've seen
    For giving me the strangest dreams
    But you never let me know just what they mean
    • Shame on the Night

The Last in Line (1984)[edit]

We'll know for the first time
If we're evil or divine
We're the last in line
  • We pray to someone
    But when it's said and done
    It's really all the same
    With just a different name
  • We'll know for the first time
    If we're evil or divine
    We're the last in line
  • Two eyes from the east
    It's the angel or the beast
    And the answer lies
    Between the good and bad
    • The Last in Line
  • Living inside your mind
    Who knows the things you'll find
    There could be hell or rainbows
    • Breathless
  • You've got some stairs to Heaven, you may be right
    I only know in my world, I hate the light
    • I Speed at Night
  • Do you watch, do you see, do you know the people in me
    I'm the bite, I'm the bark, I'm the scream
    Are you poor, are you sure, are you holy, are you pure
    I can tell you tales you just might not believe
    • One Night in the City
  • It's the call of the city
    The way that blacks pretty to the purest heart
    Its places of pleasure
    They promise you treasure if you fly
    And then there goes the soul of you and I
    • Evil Eyes
  • When there's thunder, there should be rain
    But it don't always follow the rule
    And is the wise man always right? No he can play the fool
    • Mystery
  • Each day you hear the sand
    As it moves and whispers
    Come and sail on my golden sea
    Maybe one day you'll be just like me
    And that's free
    • Egypt (The Chains Are On)

Sacred Heart (1985)[edit]

Whenever you dream
you're holding the key
It opens the door to let you be free
  • Whenever you dream you're holding the key
    It opens the door to let you be free
    • Sacred Heart
  • We are sunlight
    We can sparkle and shine
    And our dreams are what we're made of
  • Don't look behind
    Cause a tear that never dies
    Can only make you blind
    • Like the Beat of a Heart
  • Love can be a whisper
    But pain will always
    Shout to you
    • Like the Beat of a Heart
  • You never sing for pleasure
    You only make the sounds
    You never feel the magic
    'Cause you think the world is round
    • Just Another Day
  • Now it's a matter of mind
    You know you can be free forever
    So the next time someone points a gun at you

    Say "Shoot, shoot
    I don't care."

    • Shoot, Shoot

Dream Evil (1987)[edit]

Do you like the dark?
Do you like the way it moves?
Do you come alive when neon kills the sun?
  • Do you like the dark?
    Do you like the way it moves?
    Do you come alive when neon kills the sun?
    • Night People
  • The night has a thousand eyes
    But he moves in only places
    Where the eyes can never be
    • Sunset Superman
  • We are the innocent
    We are the damned
    We were caught in the middle of the madness
    Hunted by the lion and the lamb
  • We are - evil
    And we are all divine
    Creations of the mind

    I see - clearly
    Who's behind the wall
    Yes, I can see us all

    • Faces in the Window

Lock Up the Wolves (1990)[edit]

Together we can kill the day.
  • Pretend that all you really feel is pain
    Just hide behind some sorrow
    How sad but you'd do it all again
    Nobody changes 'round here
    • Wild One
  • You can hide in a circle
    It's a way to survive
    Be another number
    At least you'd be alive

    Or you can ride with the gypsy
    He can take you to hell
    And the answer's screaming
    In a voice you know so well

    • Born on the Sun
  • When you move to the rhythm of shadows
    You can hide from the heat of the sun
    'Cause if you dance to the beat of the darkness
    You burn before the fire's begun
    Then comes the night, you come alive
    • Night Music
  • In the night you're the song and the singer
    You can choose what the band's gonna play
    Write the words under cover of moonlight, oh
    Make some magic with the things that you say
    Together we can kill the day
    • Night Music
  • There's no back door to heaven
    Just a front door to hell, oh
    In this corner of the world
    • Lock Up the Wolves

Strange Highways (1993)[edit]

Give me a choice
between pleasure and pain
I choose pain
  • So here is my confession:
    It's the only broken rule
    Sometimes I crawl inside of me
    Where I can't be the fool
    On Strange Highways
    • Strange Highways
  • Oh, neon names play neon games
    Showing it to the public
    I hate you and you hate me
    And everybody smiles
    So money talks and no-one walks
    But everybody's crawling
    Golden rags and body bags
    Evilution
    • Evilution
  • Give me a choice between pleasure and pain
    I choose pain
    • Pain

Angry Machines (1996)[edit]

This is your here
This is your now
Let it be magical
  • Pretty faces, young and clean
    Watching you from magazines
    All they want is something more
    Kill the King and then we'll crown the whore
    • Big Sister
  • This is your life
    This is your time
    What if the flame
    Won't last forever?

    This is your here
    This is your now
    Let it be magical

    • This Is Your Life
  • Live don't preach it
    If you can't don't teach it
    Accidental
    God loves heavy metal
    So I know he must want me
    • God Hates Heavy Metal

Magica (2000)[edit]

No, don't believe with only eyes
Speak to the blind 'cause they see
Truth is just a circle, spinning round
Until it meets the lies then dies
  • We have examined the manuscript.
    The information is complete, but does not conform to logical patterns.
    Flesh cannot be mutated into stone and remorphed back to the body once again.
    Continue the investigation with special attention given to one word.
    Magica!
    • Discovery
  • I love the night
    So many shadows
    Unholy light
    Putting out the spark
    Leave 'em in the dark - forever
    • Lord of the Last Day
  • Don't care which god you follow
    Whose promises you swallow
    • Lord of the Last Day
  • Welcome to sun down
    Welcome to the dark
    Could it be that evil has heroes?
    • Turn to Stone
  • Concerning the inhabitants of otherworld
    There are many similarities to be found
    Parallel to our own society
    The individual must be absorbed
    The collective must be as one
    • Turn to Stone
  • No, don't believe with only eyes
    Speak to the blind 'cause they see
    Truth is just a circle, spinning round
    Until it meets the lies then dies
    • Eriel
  • Require, explanation, What is love?
    Who is love? When is love?
    Where is love? Why is love?
    • Challis
  • Now we understand
    All traces of Magica must be eliminated
    Infection, infection
    Delete
    Delete
    Delete
    • Magica (Reprise)

Killing the Dragon (2002)[edit]

Time to be killing the dragon.
  • Kneel and behold your new king
    Digital dreams
    And wonderful things to tease you

    Small gods with electrical hearts
    And it all will end
    Time to be killing the dragon

    • Killing the Dragon
  • We bless the beautiful
    Let us forgive you for your sins
    These must be holy ones
    How could we believe they'd let us in
    • Scream
  • If they take away your song
    You can finally hear the voices
    Of the ones that don't belong

    In the face of the rising wind
    We all sing Gloria
    Is there flame without fire
    Most unlikely

    • Rock & Roll

Master of the Moon (2004)[edit]

The melody's gone
And fools have got the sunshine
  • Don't get emotional but we're out of time
    The melody's gone
    And fools have got the sunshine
    • The End of the World
  • Turn out the lights it won't matter
    A bucket of blood and I'm fine
    A black cat's only a color
    But you can do it every time
    • Shivers
  • What about the pictures
    That smile from magazines
    The ultimate temptation
    Our new kings and all our queens
    • Living the Lie

Other[edit]

  • The last one out of thunder
    He will always survive
    But if you are starting to wonder
    No no, you can never surrender
    You see through the mystery
    And now you can fly
    So take your magic carpet ride
  • When the wolf is loose in the city
    Then the city will fight to survive
    You can hide in the streets of the city
    But no one will care, no one will know you're alive
    You've time to burn
  • Nothing evil, nothing sacred
    Just a power that's been created
    There to take you and possess you
    Shout it out with a voice from hell

    I am metal and I'll never die
    We are metal and we'll never die

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