Gates Of Babylon

Album: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978)
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  • Look away from the sea
    I can take you anywhere
    Spend a vision with me
    A chase with the wind

    Move closer to me
    I can make you anyone
    I think you're ready to see
    The gates of Babylon

    The power of what has been before
    Rises to trap you within
    A magic carpet ride a genie maybe more
    A city of heavenly sin
    Sleep with the devil and then you must pay
    Sleep with the devil and the devil will take you away
    Oh gates of Babylon

    You can see but you're blind
    Someone turned the sun around
    But you can see in your mind
    The gates of Babylon

    You're riding the endless caravan
    Bonded and sold as a slave
    A sabre dance removing all the veils
    Getting as good as you gave
    Sleep with the devil and then you must pay
    Sleep with the devil and the devil will take you away

    Look away from the sea
    I can take you anywhere
    Spend a vision with me
    A chase with the wind

    Move closer to me
    I can make you anyone
    I think you're ready to see
    The gates of Babylon

    The power of what has been before
    Rises to trap you within
    A magic carpet ride a genie maybe more
    A city of heavenly sin
    Sleep with the devil and then you must pay
    Sleep with the devil and the devil will take you away
    Black gates of Babylon

    The devil is me
    And I'm holding the key
    To the gates of sweet hell
    Babylon Writer/s: RITCHIE BLACKMORE, RONNIE JAMES DIO
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 2

  • Someone Who Just Watched A Stream On Drugs, Mysticism, And The Modern WorldThese lyrics likely refer to the opium/hashish induced dreams (sleeping with the devil, visions, seeing in your mind) experienced by 19th century experimenters/authors/"spiritualists" who were obsessed with orientalism (Arabian nights imagery; magic carpet rides, genies, caravans, Babylon, saber dances, the veils of reality/the dancer [see also Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell]).

    In other words, 19th century potheads were using exotic oriental drugs and describing their trips using exotic oriental images, the anesthetic and dreamlike states produced by these drugs being conceived, in a gnostic sense as a mystical technique, a "key" to (the gates of sweet hell) Paradise or the "Ideal State" (a city of heavenly sin).

    The ambivalent language used in Gates of Babylon denotes at once the archaic gnostic/mystery cult seance importance placed on the psychedelic experience as a key (I think you're ready to see [by partaking of the "fruit" as Eve did]) to a "Paradise lost", yet it also touches on the addicting and disrupting effects (to trap you within, riding the endless caravan as a slave) of these drugs, thus not really endorsing them as such but rather treating them as the ambiguous, mysterious, and potentially dangerous substances/phenomenon that they are.
  • AnonymousThis song is about the rich and how most of them go against Jesus because they have so much money despite its dark lyrics it actually has a very Christian meaning in the Bible it says a camel rope to go through the eye of a needle is more likely than a rich man to go to heaven. They say I can take you anywhere. Because Satan and his demons can get you rich but you will go to hell for this which is what the lines sleep with the devil and debt you must pay sleep with the devil the devil will take you away dio does not mean literally sleep with the devil he means if you trust the devil there will be literal hell to pay so to conclude this song is about the rich and how they will never make it to heaven
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