Singles & Etc.

Singles & Other Songs

Black Night
I'm Alone
Wild Dogs


Black Night
Single released July 1970
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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Interview with Roger Glover from the Finnish 
magazine Rumba, November 1993:
RUMBA: At same time as In Rock was released, 
'Black Night' was released as a single. It is 
one of the best known songs in the history 
of metal music.
- During that time albums were albums and singles 
were singles. Kind of strange marketing policy 
by the way. When we made In Rock, the record company 
insisted that we should also do a single. We thought 
we were non-commercial and wanted to be taken 
seriously, so we tried to refuse: "We are an album 
band, we don't want any hit-single." Anyway the record 
company insisted that we had to make something that 
the BBC and other radio stations could play.

- We went to the studio without any inspiration 
and tried this and that, but nothing seemed to work. 
Finally we went to lunch at a pub. Of course it 
turned out to uncontrolled drinking. We were in the pub 
until they closed and finally we all were totally drunk.

- Ritchie and I were first ones back in the studio. 
Ritchie took his guitar and played a riff, which 
sounded awfully great for me. "You did it, this 
is going to be our single", I was excited, but Ritchie 
said "Absolutely no way, it is 'Summertime' by Ricky 
Nelson". With drunken stubbornness I held on to that 
idea and finally I had my way. The backing track, 
over which we just played everything that fell into 
our minds, was ready less than hour later, and Gillan 
and I wrote as stupid lyrics as possible. The name 
'Black Night' was stolen from a song by Episode Six 
and then we just invented some silly rhymes; night, 
bright, right - whatever came to our minds was alright.
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Needless to say, "Black Night" became Deep Purple's 
first hit single in Europe, reaching No. 2 in the UK 
charts and getting them on BBC TV hitlist "Top of 
the Pops" for the first time. However the single never 
took off in the US market, and remains unknown to 
the casual US Purple fan to date. DPAS members reported 
getting strange looks from a confused crowd when they 
lifted off when Purple finally played this number 
in the US during the 1987 tour.
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I'm Alone
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice)
This song was originally published as the B-side to the Strange
Kind of Woman single in Europe, early 1971. Can now be found
on the excellent Singles A's and B's CD from EMI, 1993.

On the lonely road I'm travelling on
The road that leads nowhere
As the ground and the sky wondering why
I'm alone so alone

I kept rolling on from tears for years
Sun is my only friend
With the wind on the bend and my pack in my hand
I'm alone so alone

I'm alone so alone
I'm alone so alone
I'm alone so alone
And I feel like going home

With my money spent, my clothes all torn
My spirit can't grow
I ain't got no friend where the power ends
I'm alone so alone

I'm alone so alone
I'm alone so alone
I'm alone so alone
And I feel like going home 
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Wild Dogs
(by T.Bolin & J.Tesar)
This baggage handcuffed to my wrists
I drag it everywhere I go
sometimes I fight you with my fists
but if I knew which way was home 

Before the karma cut me loose
would bring me whisky and my water
sometimes I get the blues
though I know I shouldnt oughta
thats where I`d go

Run down ghost trail, no chance of love
no sign of life, just wild dogs howlin in the night
oh thats what I like

Before the karma cut me free
im sick of my own company
sometimes I miss the boat 
most times I miss my home
thats where I`d go 
if I new which way was home

Run down ghost trail, no chance of love 
no sign of life
just wild dogs howlin' in the night

Hear `em howl
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