DIO “The Last In Line” will last my Metal Music lifetime


main-150DIO, Ronnie James Dio, my Heavy Metal vocal savior, when I served time in High School, back in the 1980’s. (I know I use that punch line about High School often, regardless, it is just the plain truth). The lyrics of DIO’s songs were motivating, captivating and always exhilarating for me while I was growing up in my late teen years. For Metal sake, DIO’s lyrics were influential to me while I was in my early twenties as well. What I took from the lyrical creativity of Ronnie James Dio so many years ago, I no longer take hold of as strong. As I grew up, (well, I think I matured somewhat since the ’80’s), the lyrics of DIO seemed to take on a more entertaining feeling… lyrical interpretation has changed for me over the years, based on life experiences. Seriously, when I used to listen to the song “The Last In Line”, back in High School, well, I equated the lyrics to my being the last in line. I was a typical authority hating – know it all as a teenager, therefore, totally normal for a Metalhead back in the 1980’s. Fast forward to 2009, I equate the lyrics as inspiring still, only I do not dwell on myself and always being the victim, (as I did as a teenager). Plus, being a middle aged Metalhead, I now respect or tolerate authority, depending on the situation. The Heavy Metal of DIO and many, many other Metal bands from decades past encouraged and instilled a strong feeling of hope for me, when I was young… I shall never forget this. The escapism of DIO’s Heavy Metal was the elixir that worked for me years ago… this escapism still works for me now. That is why this 1984 album from DIO “The Last In Line”, will last my Metal Music lifetime.

“Mystery” is another song from the “Last In Line” album that is in my Metal opinion, untouchable. This is one song, that lyrically, I can still relate to. Life is a mystery, plain and simple. There really is nothing more to scrutinize… no one really knows where they are going to be tomorrow. Heck, back in High School, the guidance counselors used to waste their time with us kids, asking us where we want to be, what we want to do when we grow up. These guidance counselors all had a job to do, with fine intentions. The truth is, the paths I took to get where I am now were filled with detours, delays, trauma, luck of the draw, misfortune and certainly fortunate opportunities. In other words… mystery. They don’t teach this in school. I never knew when I was going to get married, plus I never knew how many children my wife and I would have. Mystery.

This is by far and large, the single most influential Heavy Metal song I have ever listened to in my life. Now, the next time you are on a dreaded job interview and the interviewer asks you – “where do you want to be in five years, ten years from now”?… look at this fool straight in the face and tell he or she, as Ronnie James Dio so eloquently put it, “it’s always a mystery, not what it seems to be, it’s always a mystery,  just like you and me”. 

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8 Responses to “DIO “The Last In Line” will last my Metal Music lifetime”

  1. one of the greatest albums ever.

  2. WHEN MY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ASKED ME WHAT I WANTED TO DO WITH MY LIFE. I SAID “I WANNA ROCK” 1984 WAS THE GREATEST YEAR EVER FOR METAL RELEASES!! LAST IN LINE BY FAR IS IN THE TOP 5… ALONG WITH… STAY HUNGARY; POWERSLAVE; RIDE THE LIGHTNING; AND LOVE AT FIRST STING……

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Let’s not forget “Hot For Teacher” and “Panama” from the Van Halen “1984” album. Oh well, might as well “Jump”!

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  5. R.I.P. so sad that Ozzy & Gene Simmons outlived him.

  6. Brilliant album,I saw Dio on this tour too,was blown away !

    • Metal Odyssey Says:

      Seeing DIO live is a Metal badge of honor \m/ I was lucky to see DIO live and the “Dream Evil” tour was my favorite with Savatage and Megadeth opening! May Ronnie James Dio rest in peace.

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