Ronnie James Dio - Dream On (Aerosmith Cover)



Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), known professionally as Ronnie James Dio, was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.


Though his parents were from Cortland, New York, Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where his family resided for his father's service in the U.S. Army during World War II; they soon returned to Cortland. Dio's music career began there in 1957 as part of the Vegas Kings (later Ronnie and the Rumblers). In 1967, he formed the rock band Elf, which became a regular opening act for Deep Purple.


In 1975, Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore founded the band Rainbow and hired Dio to be his lead singer; during his tenure, the band released three studio albums. Dio quickly emerged as one of heavy rock's pre-eminent vocalists.


In 1979, Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath's lead singer and appeared on three studio albums with the band, all three of which met with success: Heaven & Hell (1980), Mob Rules (1981) and Dehumanizer (1992). In 1982, he left to form the band Dio, which itself had two albums certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2006, he founded the band Heaven & Hell with ex-bandmate Tony Iommi.


In November 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer, and died of the disease six months later.


"Dream On" is a power ballad by Aerosmith from their 1973 debut album, Aerosmith. Written by lead singer Steven Tyler, this song was their first major hit and became a classic rock radio staple.



Lyrics


Every time that I look in the mirror

All these lines on my face getting clearer

The past is gone

It went by like dusk to dawn


Isn't that the way?

Everybody's got their dues in life to pay


Yeah, I know nobody knows

Where it comes and where it goes

I know it's everybody's sin

You got to lose to know

How to win


Half my life's in books' written pages

Live and learn from fools and from sages

You know it's true

All the things come back to you


Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear

Sing with me if it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away


Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear

Sing with me if it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away


Dream on, dream on, dream on

Dream until your dream come true

Dream on, dream on, dream on

Dream until your dream come true


Dream on, dream on, dream on

Dream on, dream on

Dream on, dream on, ah


Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear

Sing with me if it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away


Sing with me, sing for the year

Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear

Sing with me if it's just for today

Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away