Like the rest of the album, "Tarot Woman" is a Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio composition. According to Roy Davies in Rainbow Rising: The Story of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
, then lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio said of this song: "It was originally called something else... the main character is told by this tarot woman that a chick is going to f--k him over; she tells him to beware a smile and a bright shiny face."
The opening track on the Rising
album runs to a shade over 6 minutes and features some fine keyboard work from Tony Carey - Rainbow was never an ego trip for Ritchie Blackmore.
Alexander Baron - London, England