"Darkest Hour" as written by and Arlo Guthrie....
It's the tenth of January
And I still ain't had no sleep
She comes waItzing in the nighttime
Made of wings
She is dressed up like a bandit
With a hundred sparkling rings
Looking for my company to keep
Coming closer to me
She doesn't say a word
In the shadow of the carved rock tower
Where the sounds of the night
Were the only things we heard
In my darkest hour

She don't want to hear no secrets
She would guarantee me that
She knows there ain't no words
That can describe her
With her white silk scarves
And her black Spanish hat
She knows there ain't no way I can deny her
Yes her blue velvet perfume
Filling up the night
The guards are all asleep
That watch the tower
The moon light held her breast
As she easily undressed
In my darkest hour

Her father's in his chambers with his
Friends all gathered 'round
They are plotting their enemy's demise
With their last detail done
They await the coming sun
While I am staring in my lover's eyes
Her brothers and her sisters
Are all through for tonight
Pretending that they've just
Come into power
But she far most of all, knows that they
Can only fall
In my darkest hour

Hungry wings; their melodies
While my love awakens me
In the midst of the sunburst first light
Her hands are holding up the skies
As I hid my opened eyes
Every move just for herself
And that's so right
Soon I went along my way
With no words that could explain
As she began descending to the tower
Her safety now concerns me
Her circumstance to blame
In my darkest hour


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"Darkest Hour" as written by Arlo Guthrie

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    General CommentGuthrie has said that this song came to him in the middle of the night, in a dream. This song is beautiful, and maybe one of his best.
    Birdieballon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is brilliant! one of my very favourites!
    lanuitsansfinon November 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful and, unfortunately, a relatively unknown song. When I first purchased Arlo Guthrie's "Greatest Hits" album, way back when I was 15 or 16 years old, I did so mainly for "City of New Orleans" and "Alice's Restaurant". Barely a song or two in, I discovered "Darkest Hour", and I fell in love.

    It is a song of opposites, and of dichotomies. "Her hands are holding up the skies," Guthrie sings, "As I hid my opened eyes". And it is a song about the night, and the stark beauty that comes with it. The singer's lover wears perfume that "fills up the night", and we are told that "the sounds of the night" are the only things that can be heard. These two motifs are brought together in one of the song's most beautiful stanzas:

    "Her father's in his chamber with his friends all gathered 'round
    They are plotting their enemies' demise
    With their last detail done, they await the coming sun
    While I am staring in my lover's eyes"

    There is also a sexuality in this song that is neither lewd nor impure. It is characterized rather by beauty and fragility, and it is in the delicate imperfection of the human countenance that the epiphany of this song is realized:

    "The moonlight held her breast
    As she easily undressed
    In my darkest hour"

    Just a stunning song. One of my favorites.
    Braxiatelon June 06, 2017   Link

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