Darkness

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"Darkness"
LP cover
Recorded by The Police
Released: 1981-10-02
Recorded: 1981-06-20 - 1981-07-26
Length: 3:11
Album(s): Ghost In The Machine
Label(s): A&M
Writer(s): Stewart Copeland
Producer(s): Hugh Padgham & The Police
Studio(s): AIR Studios, Montserrat
Released as single? YES, B-SIDE

"Darkness" is a song written by Stewart Copeland and recorded by The Police in 1981.

About the song

There's an early mix of this song from AIR Studios. Stewart Copeland counts in and then plays a solo drumbeat for a few bars.

The drums and the general structure of the song (once the instruments kick in) are the same as in the LP version, but there's no drum delay in this early version. However the fade out lasts much longer with Sting repeating the lyrics two more times. So this version almost reaches the 4:00 minute mark.

That first bass note from the LP version (probably played on "Brian") is absent. A few guitar layers are missing, too, most notably in the instrumental part in the middle. The thunder-like drums (?) are not there yet. Sting also doesn't play any saxophone in this early mix.

Personnel

Release History

Albums

Darkness appears on the following album releases:

Cover art Album title Release date Release country
Police-album-ghostinthemachine.jpg Ghost In The Machine 1981-10-02 UK
Police-album-messageinaboxthecompleterecordings.jpg Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings 1993-09-30 United Kingdom

Singles

CD Singles

Cover art Catalog no. Songs Release date Release country
Stub.gif Catalog no. "Song"(s) YYYY-MM-DD Country

7" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song/B-side song Release date Release country
Secretjourney.jpg AM 2408 "Secret Journey"/"Darkness" 1982-MM-DD USA
Stub.gif K 8753 "Secret Journey"/"Darkness" 1982-MM-DD Australia
Stub.gif AM 2408 "Secret Journey"/"Darkness" 1982-MM-DD Canada

12" Singles

Cover art Catalog no. A-side song(s)/B-side song(s) Release date Release country
Stub.gif Catalog no. "A-side song"/"B-side song" (add more songs as necessary) YYYY-MM-DD Country

Video

"SONG TITLE" appears on the following video and dvd releases:

Cover art Video title Release date Release country
Stub.gif Video or dvd title YYYY-MM-DD Country


Awards, nominations, and certifications

Awards

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Year Winner Award Category
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Nominations

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Year Nominee Award Category
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Certifications

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Country Certifier Classification Certification
COUNTRY CERTIFIER (RIAA, IFPI...) CLASSIFICATION (Album, singles, foreign artist...) CERTIFICATION (Gold, Platinum, Diamond...)

Lyrics

Lyrics are property and copyright of their owners, and provided here for educational purposes only.

  • LP version lyrics
I can dream up schemes when I'm sitting in my seat
I don't see any flaws till I get to my feet
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I could make a mark if it weren't so dark
I could be replaced by any bright spark
But darkness makes me fumble
For a key
To a door
That's wide open 

Instead of worrying about my clothes
I could be someone that nobody knows
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I can dream up schemes when I'm sitting in my seat
I don't see any flaws till I get to my feet
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring


  • work in progress lyrics
I can dream up schemes when I'm sitting in my seat
I don't see any flaws till I get to my feet
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I could make a mark if it weren't so dark
I could be replaced by any bright spark
But darkness makes me fumble
For a key
To a door
That's wide open 

Instead of worrying about my clothes
I could be someone that nobody knows
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I can dream up schemes when I'm sitting in my seat
I don't see any flaws till I get to my feet
I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

I wish I never woke up this morning
Life was easy when it was boring

Quotations and trivia

  • This song was featured in Season 2, Episode 7 of the Netflix series Mindhunter[1]

Alternative and cover versions

  • there's an early mix from AIR Studios - see description above
  • a cover version of Darkness appears on the following album release:
Cover art Artist Album title Release date Release country
Reggatta Mondatta.jpg Los Pericos Reggatta Mondatta 1997-MM-DD The Netherlands

See also

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External links

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References