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  • I could have sworn I gave an answer to this the other day...I did. I remember writing one. What on earth happened to it? Oh well, here goes again. 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, hes gone To the temple of the king. Far from the circle, at the edge of the world, Hes hoping, wondering. Thinking back on the stories hes heard of What hes 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. ========= I'm not familiar with the song but the era yes. And the fact that it is a Ritchie Blackmore band helps me understand the ethos behind the song. Wikipedia has a good quote to start with: Rainbow's music was different from Deep Purple's. The music was more directly inspired by classical music and Dio wrote lyrics about medieval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads. Although Dio never played a musical instrument on any Rainbow album, he is credited with writing and arranging the music with Blackmore in addition to writing all the lyrics himself. =========== I wouldn't go looking for anything too deep and meaningful in it, as it was from the 70s and, well, it was an interesting time to say the least, filled with conflicting lifestyles and influences. The song has a general medieval/classical story to it, together with a hero who is searching for something and, by seeking, eventually finds. This was an era of searching via drugs via mysticism (both eastern and Celtic), the Lord of the Rings had just come out and there was a fascination with fantasy, and a hope for the victory of good over evil. So your hero, after searching far and wide, comes at last to the temple of the King (who is probably God or at least some deity) and finds the answer (whatever it is) in the circle. The allusions to the year of the fox probably have to do with astrological calculations, which was another preoccupation of the 70s. Hope this helps.

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