“The Last in Line”
On the surface, Dio's 1984 tune, "The Last in Line," fits in well with the swords and sorcery images that accompanied most of his compositions (featuring such familiar-in-the-Dio-universe words as "fire," "magic," "evil," etc.). But according to Dio's long-time friend, Eddie Trunk, in the book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the song's inspiration came from an unlikely source. "Ronnie was a huge sports fan and often wrote some of his most loved songs while watching sports on TV. He told me it was a way for him to find inspiration. Songs like 'The Last in Line' and 'We Rock' were composed while he was watching his beloved New York Yankees or New York Giants on TV." The song was recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Colorado, which would cease operation in 1985, after a fire.