Lyrics

Once upon a dark autumn night
I was so very far from sleep
I longed to walk beneath the stars
Into the wood so dark and deep

Neither myth nor faerie tale
Could keep me from the path to the maze
But eyes upon me I could feel
Hidden in the shadows watching always

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that bind me to mankind

Once while I was sitting in my room
One cold and silver winter's day
I could hear another worldly call
Try as I might I could'nt turn away

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that bind me to mankind

Somewhere in between the moss and the stone
The wind and the wood became my home
I layed myself down upon the green
When the ivy overgrew I could never leave

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that bind me to mankind

Something in the darkness pulled me deeper
Something in the madness eased my mind
Was I awake or was I dreaming
Cut the strings that bind me to mankind


Songwriters

Trad. Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night

Review

Originally a traditional melody from the Brittany area of France, we heard it when a German Renaissance band called Des Geyers discovered and reinvented it as an instrumental called "Britonish".

Darkness was written as the seasons were changing, the summer days were fading into cold autumn nights and as we live right next to a forest I felt as if that were the perfect setting for such an olden melody.

The woods always have deep creative meaning, whether it is for poets, painters, or lyricists and this began no differently. But the woods are a very different place during sunlight than during the night time. Our woods are beautiful but very mysterious and with the moon shining overhead and the ancient rocks hidden around certain bends, it holds energies that are very intense, and can be unnerving at night.

We often walk through in our cloaks with lanterns in search of owls that we can hear from our home, calling to the darkness. The lyrics of the song brings us to the mysteries of the forest, how while tossing in the modern comforts of our bedroom at night, we still are drawn to the dark, deep, openness of the forest outside and all of her mysteries seem to call us, to entice us from the very arms of sleep.

And though many stories run rampant about the woods and what may or may not have happened there...that which only the trees know, we still feel drawn to walk beneath the ever seeing branches and lose ourselves in the magic of the wood.

The final lyric and the chorus alludes to the fact that in reality, it is mankind -which is often an oxymoron- that we need to escape from. There is so much corruption, lies, jealousy, pettiness, greed surrounding us. Nature is an all accepting and incredible place to be, yet man has a constant source of evil running through him.

So, in essence, perhaps to return fully to nature and surrender and become one with it is the only truly peaceful place to be. That us what Darkness is about. The dark of peoples souls far outweighs the scariness of the dark, peaceful and calm night time in the wood.

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