youngbloods ( The ) - DARKNESS DARKNESS

First performance: 10/07/1971


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 5 times: 
 
In Bruce's early years (pre-October 1972). The song was played in a lengthy instrumental-only arrangement.
 
1971-07-10 - BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, LINCROFT, NJ
One show, quadruple billing, with the newly-formed Bruce Springsteen Band headlining the outdoor '2nd Annual Nothing's Festival'. Undercard acts were Sunny Jim, Odin and Jeannie Clark. This gig is the first known performance of The Bruce Springsteen Band. They're essentially a modified version of Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom (minus The Zoomettes, Southside Johnny and the various vaudeville elements). The line-up of this initial version is Springsteen, Van Zandt, Sancious, Tallent and Lopez plus (on selected tracks) Bobby Feigenbaum (sax), Harvey Cherlin (trumpet), along with the vocal duet of Delores Holmes and Barbara Dinkins. This large nine-member lineup of the band will eventually expand to ten, with the addition of Bruce's manager Tinker West on congas. However this 'big band sound' will only last about two months before it begins to shrink.
 



1971-07-22 - D'SCENE, SOUTH AMBOY, NJ
The song written only as "Instrumental" in this evening setlist may be what is generally referred to as "Darkness, Darkness", which was regularly played by the Bruce Springsteen Band around this time 

1971-07-29 - D'SCENE, SOUTH AMBOY, NJ
This source is unique in being the only known recording of a complete, full-length Bruce Springsteen Band concert with backing singers and horns. The reels were recently discovered in the vault of a highly respected collector and originally belonged to Mike Appel. The instrumental "Darkness, Darkness" clocks in at over 18 minutes, and contains elements that would later be found in "Kitty's Back".  

1971-11-13 - STUDENT PRINCE, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
Darkness ,Darkness is performed together with Southside Johnny as a guest. One show, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. Comments made by Bruce on the regarding video footage being shot during the show positively link this audio to The Student Prince. Prior to beginning "I Remember" Springsteen can be heard informing the audience that a gentleman named Mark Romanski is present and filming. Romanski, a friend of Steven Van Zandt, was filming as part of a course project he was taking at University. Sadly all the film footage was destroyed in the early 1970s. It is believed this filming was undertaken at one of the November 1971 shows, although the specific date has not been determined.  

1972-02-04 - THE BACK DOOR, RICHMOND, VA
One show, with The Bruce Springsteen Band the sole act on the bill. This was opening night of 9-show residency that encompassed three of the four weekends in February. Southside Johnny was a guest on the first weekend. 
 

Songinfo

"Darkness, Darkness" is a song written by Jesse Colin Young in 1969, which has been covered by many artists. Young's band The Youngbloods released a version on their 1969 album Elephant Mountain. They released a version of the song as a single twice: in 1969 and in 1970.
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Darkness darkness, be my pillow
Take my head and let me sleep
In the coolness of your shadow
In the silence of your dream
Darkness darkness, hide my yearning
For the things that cannot be
Keep my mind from constant turning
Towards the things I cannot see now
Towards the things I cannot see now
The things I cannot see now
Darkness darkness, long and lonesome
Is the day brings me here
I have found the edge of sadness
I have known the depths of fear
Darkness darkness, be my blanket
Cover my with the endless night
Take away away the pain of knowing
Fill the emptiness of right now
The emptiness of right now
Fill the emptiness of right now
Darkness darkness, be my pillow
Take my head and let me sleep
In the coolness of my shadow
In the silence of my dream
Darkness darkness, be my blanket
Cover my with the endless night
Take away away the pain of knowing
Fill the emptiness of right now
In the emptiness of right now
In the emptiness of right now