"Black Night" as written by Ritchie Blackmore, Roger David Glover, Ian Anderson Paice, Jon Lord and Ian Gillan....
Black night is not right
I don't feel so bright
I don't care to sit tight
Maybe I'll find on the way down the line that I'm free
Free to be me.
Black night is a long way from home

I don't need a dark tree
I don't want a rough sea
I can't feel, I can't see
Maybe I'll find on the way down the line that I'm free
Free to be me
Black night is a long way from home

Black night, black night
I don't need black night
I can't see dark night
Maybe I'll find on the way down the line that I'm free
Free to be me
Black night is a long way from home


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"Black Night [Single Version]" as written by Ian Paice Ian Gillan

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    General CommentAllegedly written in a drunken stupor...the music has tinges of both "We Ain't) Got Nothin' Yet" by the Blue Magoos (as RR mentioned) & Ricky Nelson's "Summertime". Created only because the record company insisted on one more song that could be released as a single, as the record company deemed that not much else from "In Rock" was really very marketable as a single - from their standpoint.
    Musically it holds together quite well, lyrically it's pretty inane & banal...not reflective at all of Gillan & Glover's better efforts.
    MrEd48on March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWell, here is an announcement that Gillan made 2001 in Melbourne (Soundboard Series CD) for Black Night:

    "We were talking the other day in the bath.. I mean in the bar. And we remembered this old song. And we were totally... he said to me 'Do you know what that means?' I said 'No. It's a bit of soap.' So... wait a minute. I don't know what it means at all. Anyway. We still don't know what it means, but it's called Black Night."

    guess that says it all^^
    asdf1237on April 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the coolest Deep Purple songs ever, and a good metal song too.
    Ben2k9on October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentшто да кажам,уше не сум ја преслушал оваа песна!!!
    murtanovskion December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot much meaning here, but it got to number 3 in the UK singles chart back in 1970. Unbelievably catchy, and a lot packed into a short song!
    Dreamer Deceiveron January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe main riff in this song sounds a lot like "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" by Blues Magoos
    RoboRoboton May 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAWESOME song.. I love it!
    leetwrckon September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song... one of my all time favourites. It reached the top of the Uk charts. This iwas the first song the markII lineup of the band ever written and look what we have.. a masterpiece. I especially like the live versions of this one where the crown goes humming the riff melody in the beginning.

    Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Deep Purple Rules !!!!!!!!!!
    MMM88on February 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe words are pretty incidental really but sounds like it is about feeling down and pressured by demands of work or a relationship

    Brill musically!
    Sunnyhillon June 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt has a nice rolling drum intro as well as killer guitar riffs.
    chrisb1on August 16, 2010   Link

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