Rainbow lyrics - Album: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow [1975]

Man on the Silver Mountain

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

* x 2

Just look at me and listen

I'm the man, the man, give you my hand

Come down with fire

Lift my spirit higher

I'm the man on the silver mountain

I'm 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


Paint me a picture and hang it on your wall.

Color it dark where 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 light that will 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.

And I feel like going down, down, down, down,

Down, down, down, down!

Black Sheep of the Family


I've got nothing in my head, got a floor for a bed.

My future's at the bottom of a teacup

I've got half a pair of shoes and no time to lose.

I'm wondering when I'm gonna wise up

So, fortune, shine your light on me and my nose,

Cause I 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,

Political retrogression.

I've got a pocket full of dust, and eating is a must

If you want to make a good impression.

So, fortune shine your light on me and my dog,

Cause we need some security.

While other folks are living high on the hog.

I'm the black sheep of the family.

Don't talk to me about society.

You got to play by the rules or pay the penalty.

Because there's nothing to choose between a handful of blues.

Double indemnity.

The whole world's wrong and my shadow's getting long.

I realize this song don't mean much.

I got an ache in my head. I want to go to bed.

Tomorrow I don't have to wake up.

So, wisdom shine your light on me and my knees.

It's true what they say about familiarity.

There's nothing good this way, it's true what they say!

I'm the black sheep of the family

Catch the Rainbow


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

Snake Charmer


Old hollow eyes got no ties

Walking by the light of the moon

A pair of shiny boots

With strings and flutes

Rising like a crazy balloom

Close your door

He's on the loose

Here he comes

No hope for you

Ooh snake charmer

Hey mystery man

What's your plan

I've got to tell the world

To beware you don't care

He'll hipnotise you

And tell you lies

He's hiding at the top of the stairs

Close your door

I see him coming out

There's no hope for you

Ooh snake charmer

Snake charmer

Hey fancy face

Got no place

Living from a hole in the ground

Old sparkle eyes

He never cries

One step ahead of the hounds

Close your door

He's on his way

He's coming out of the shadows now

There's no hope for you

Ooh snake charmer

Snake charmer

Old hollow eyes

Got no ties

Play your strings and flutes

Mystery man what's your plan

Snake charmer

He'll harm yer

The Temple of the King


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,

It meant the time had come 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 has 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 come for the 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 the 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 on the stories he's heard of

What he's going to see.

There, in the middle of a 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 & Roll


You'd never know there was some music playing

Until you talked your way inside the door

And then a sound like rolling 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 } 3 times

Then it's too late now

Well it's too late now

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 the story well

And then she wipped 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

Well you're too late now

Sixteenth Century Greensleeves


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

Greensleeves waving

Madman raving

Through the shattered night

Flames are getting higher

Make it leap unto the spire

Draw bright 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

Still I'm Sad


Version 1 (from stranger in us all)

See the stars come fallin' down the sky

Gently passing, they kiss your tear drops dry

See the wind come, softly blow

Your hair from your face

And the rain comes falling down

In it's crazy way

Still I'm sad

For myself my tears just fall in the dust

As I search in the night and find they're lost

See the wind come gently blow

Time into my heart

And the rain comes falling down

While we're apart

Still I'm sad

Version 2 (yardbirds' version? )

See the stars come joining down from the skies

Gently passing they kiss your tears when you cry

See the wind of summer blow your hair upon your head

See the rain, the falling rain, it's rain

Still I'm sad

Oh my flowers, my tears are falling two days

They are driving the night profound, they are lost

Flower, flower the wind is blowing

Time into my heart

When the wind blows hard, we are apart

Still I'm sad

Oh, oh, oh, oh, still I'm sad

Oh, oh, oh, oh, how I'm sad

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