top of page

Best Rock Singers - Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow - Kill The King


Rainbow - Kill The King - Meaning of the song


Despite the violent imagery in this maniacally fast rock song, lead singer Ronnie James Dio claimed it is about a chess game.

This originally was Rainbow's debut in the UK singles chart, peaking at #44. After the commercial success of "Since You've Been Gone," "All Night Long" and "I Surrender," "Kill the King" was re-released in 1981 this time climbing to #41.

Since mid-1976, "Kill the King" had been a fixture of the Rainbow tour setlists, starting every show. It was first released in 1977 on the live album On Stage. The title tune and "Kill the King" were the sole songs performed in the 1977–78 concerts, however "L.A. Connection" was given a few performances on the US tour before being deleted from the set. Dio's solo gigs featured a live version of "Kill the King," "Gates of Babylon," and the title track from 2004 until his death in 2010.


Kill the king - Lyrics


Danger, danger the Queen's about to kill

There's a stranger, stranger and life about to spill

Oh no move me out of harm

I need a spell and a charm

Fly like the wind

I'm no pawn, so be gone, speed on and on

Kill the king

Tear him down


Kill the king, yeah

Strike him down


Power, power it happens every day

Power, devour all along the way

Oh no, move me out of harm

I need a spell and a charm

And fly like the wind

I'm no pawn, so be gone, speed on and on

Kill the king


Treason, treason, the spectre looms again

Treason, reason, the realm is safe and then

Oh no, move away from harm

I need a spell and a charm

Fly like the rainbow

I'm no pawn, so be gone, speed on and on


Kill the king

Tear him down

Kill the king, yeah

Got to take his crown

Crown


Kill the king

He'll rule no more

Strike him dead

The people roar


Kill the king, yeah

Take his head

Down, down, down, down

Oh, kill

Oh, kill

Oh, oh


Comments


Rockin' out.jpg

Best Rock and Heavy Metal bands

bottom of page