The Friday 5×2: “Dark” Songs #JusJoJan (Five On Friday)

This is a super-mashup post! Mike Golch, who does M4 with me and the rest of the gang, suggested I join him and the rest of the “5 on Friday” bunch. Thanks, Mike! Hope you don’t mind if I join with ten…

I think we need to mention the rules here…

I first saw this meme by Our Founder Travis of Travs Thoughts.
Here are Trav’s rules:

As always, if you’d like to join us in the musical fun, the guidelines are basic and simple.

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.
2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. You may choose a particular theme to share with us, or post random tunes if that’s your vibe for the day. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.
2a. Don’t feel restricted by the tracks listed on And don’t be discouraged if the Embed code won’t work. You’re welcome to use any type of media to share your Sets.Such as
3. Be sure to sign Mr Linky on his site so everyone can visit your Set.
4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

So, you’ve been invited!

And, since it’s January, this is also part of Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January…

Today’s prompt comes to us from Kerry, who blogs at “Her Headache,” chose today’s word, which is


I had hoped to build a playlist of ten songs that had “darkness” in the title, but could only find a couple, so I included those as well as a few more songs that had “dark” in the title, and got my ten songs. Here they are!

  1. Bruce Cockburn, “All Our Dark Tomorrows” I started with Bruce, because I knew Arlee would be reading this, and as it turns out, it was a good move, because Bruce has several songs with “dark” in the title. This is the newest of the group, having appeared on his 2003 album You’ve Never Seen Everything.
  2. Sarah Vaughan, “Dancing In The Dark” A pop standard, written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz in the early Thirties. Sarah does a beautiful job with it here. But then, Sarah always did a beautiful job with the standards. Yes, I know Bruce Springsteen has a song by the same name…
  3. George Harrison, “Dark Horse” Title track for his 1974 solo album. Again, I’m aware that Katy Perry has a song by the same name.
  4. War, “Slippin’ Into Darkness” From 1971’s All Day Music. The song spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 for 22 weeks in 1972, tying it with Gallery’s “Nice to Be With You” for spending the most weeks on the chart in 1972. Not sure where it peaked, but it did earn a Gold Record and was #23 for the year.
  5. Friend & Lover, “Reach Out Of The Darkness” Learn something new every day: Friend & Lover was the husband-and-wife team of Jim and Cathy Post. Jim was a longtime performer in the Chicago folk scene, along with Bonnie Koloc, Steve Goodman, and John Prine. This song peaked at #10 and spent 14 weeks on the Hot 100. And just so’s you know, Jim and Cathy are no longer married…
  6. Gipsy Moon, “Dark Eyes” This is maybe the most famous Russian romantic tune, and there are hundreds of versions out there of it.
  7. Cher, “Dark Lady” For all you Cher fans out there. This was the title track from her 1974 album. As a single, it reached #1 in March 1973, a little over a year before the album was released.
  8. Dinah Washington, “Romance In The Dark” Dinah was the most-popular black female recording artist of the Fifties. This wasn’t listed as one of her singles from that period, but it’s still a good song.
  9. Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, “Jeannie’s Afraid Of The Dark” Dolly wrote this while she and Porter were working together.The song was released on their 1968 album Just The Two Of Us and was the B-side of “We’ll Get Ahead Someday,” also from the album, but this became a fan favorite.
  10. The Flying Burrito Brothers, “The Dark End Of The Street” A country standard (it was another song from Porter and Dolly’s album referenced above). From The Burritos’ 1969 album The Gilded Palace of Sin.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for January 19, 2018.

10 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: “Dark” Songs #JusJoJan (Five On Friday)

  1. I did read albeit a little late. Glad you’re recognizing Bruce Cockburn. You listed some good picks. The first one that came to my mind was “Darkness, Darkness” by Jesse Colin Young and done by the Youngbloods.

    Tossing It Out


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