Man on the Silver Mountain
"Man on the Silver Mountain
" is the first single by Rainbow
and the first track of their debut album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
. Written by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore
and singer Ronnie James Dio
, this song is, as Dio said, "a semi-religious one, a man on the silver mountain is a kind of God figure everyone is crying out to". This track became one of Rainbow's best-known tracks and was also a live favourite for any Rainbow line-up, and also the band Dio
. The words "The man on the silver mountain Ronnie James Dio"
are inscribed on his grave.
Brad Sanders of The A.V. Club
wrote that although the song's lyrics are essentially meaningless, the way that Dio sings them "sounds awesome". After Dio's death, Rob Halford
performed a cover of the song and said it "captures the things I personally love in metal tracks".