Black songs

It’s Black Friday, another date on the commercial calendar that probably doesn’t mean much to many people reading.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving Day, when many start their Christmas shopping and retailers slash prices in order to tempt shoppers through their doors. Because after a day of being thankful for what you have, it seems many of us want nothing more than to be rewarded for pushing other people out of our way in pursuit of having more, more, more.

But let’s forget all that and instead have some black songs to wrap up another week, November’s last. Here’s Roy Wood before he was in Wizzard and wishing it could be Christmas every day (which you’ll soon be likely to hear every day, whether you like it or not).

And here are five more to start you off. Sing along if you want to.

– ‘Baby’s In Black’, The Beatles
– ‘Black Dog On My Shoulder’, Manic Street Preachers
– ‘Black Velvet’, Alannah Myles
– ‘Black Betty’, Ram Jam
– ‘Black-Eyed Boy’, Texas

Have a good weekend, everyone. Don’t push anyone too hard, for goodness sake.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

61 thoughts on “Black songs”

  1. Heavens above Fed, no blacklist can be complete without

    “Back in Black” – AC/DC
    “Black Night” – Deep Purple
    “Black Sabbath” – Black Sabbath
    “Black Dog” – Led Zep
    “Paint it Black” – The Stones
    “Black Star” – Radiohead (oh yes)
    “Black Math” – The White Stripes

    and “Black” by Pearl Jam

    oh and “Black Girl” by Lenny Kravitz …

    Have a good and very black weekend all … you’ll be pleased to know I boycotted Black Friday unless buying some onions counts ? … and they weren’t even discounted onions ….

  2. – “Paint in Back” Rolling Stones
    – “Back in Black” AC/DC
    – “Black Magic Woman” Santana

  3. ‘Blackbird’, The Beatles
    ‘Black Tie White Noise’, David Bowie
    ‘Black Blade’, Blue Oyster Cult
    ‘Black Sheep’, John Anderson

    I have never gone out shopping on Black Friday. I try to be around nice crowds not negative. The whole thing is sad and in such an opposite spirit in which the occasion is supposed to be about.

  4. ‘Black Dog’, Led Zeppelin
    ‘Black Sabbath’, Black Sabbath
    ‘Back in Black’, ACDC

    And if the first word in the title does not have to be black:

    ‘Fade to Black’, Metallica
    ‘Lady in Black’, Uriah Heep

  5. … I wondered how many “black” songs I have in my collection. I added a partial list of what I think is worth to hear (again):

    Back In Black (AC/DC)
    Black Ice (AC/DC)
    Back To Black (Amy Winehouse)
    Black Knight (Deep Purple)
    Fade To Black (Dire Straits) **
    Black Rose (Eric Clapton)
    The Black Page #2 (Frank Zappa)
    That Old Black Magic (Glenn Miller)
    Black Leather (Guns ‘n’ Roses)
    Black Bart Blues (Iron Maiden) *
    Say It Loud, I’m Black And I’m Proud (James Brown)
    Man In Black (Johnny Cash)
    Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (KT Tunstall)
    Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
    Fade To Black (Metallica)
    Order/Fade To Black (Motorhead)
    Blackheart (Motorhead)
    Black Sabbath(Ozzy Osbourne)
    Blackbird (Paul McCartney)
    Black Magic Woman (Peter Green)
    Black Cloud (Rick Wright)
    Paint It Black (Rolling Stones)
    Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) A Rock Legend (Thin Lizzy)
    Black Cold Coffe (UFO)
    Lady In Black (Uriah Heep)
    The Black Angel’s Death Song (The Velvet Underground)

    * a funny one
    ** a perfect soundtrack for today

  6. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
    Fade to Black – Metallica
    Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
    Black Mountain Side – Led Zeppelin
    Blackbird – Beatles
    Black Widow – Alice Cooper
    Black Light Trap – Shriekback
    Black Celebration – Depeche Mode
    Black Autumn – Roy Buchanan
    Back in Black – AC/DC
    Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
    Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
    Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress – The Hollies
    Black Magic Woman – Santana
    Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
    Black Friday – Steely Dan
    The March of the Black Queen – Queen
    Black Night – Chicken Shack
    Black Girl – Lenny Kravitz
    Black Orchid – Blue October
    Black Gives Way to Blue – Alice in Chains
    Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

    I have the day off and I’m staying as far away as possible from anything that remotely resembles “Black Friday” shopping activities — it’s just too insane a concept for me to wrap my head around!

    Have a great weekend All. 😀

  7. Three contributions:

    “Blackbird” – The Beatles
    “Black Water” – The Doobie Brothers
    “Man In Black” – Johnny Cash

  8. Oooohh, an excuse for me to Blacken the Blog with another A to Z.

    I hope I don’t get any black looks for my efforts, here goes…

    Black And Blue – Louis Armstrong
    Blackbird – The Beatles
    Black Christmas – Poly Styrene
    Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
    Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
    BlackFoot Sue – Standing In The Road
    Black Gives Way To Blue – Alice In Chains
    Black Horse and The Cherry Tree – K.T.Tunstall
    Black Is Black – Los Bravos
    Blackjack Billy – The Booze Cruise
    Black Keys – Lonely Boy
    Black Lace – Agadoo
    Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
    Black Night – Deep Purple
    Black Or White – Michael Jackson
    Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
    Black Rain – Soundgarden
    Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
    Black Tears – Jason Aldean
    Black Umbrella – Miley Cyrus
    Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
    Black – Wonderful Life
    Black eXotics – Ain’t Coming Back No More
    Black and Yellow – Wiz Khalifa
    Black Zebra – Summertime

    I noir, there’s a few tenuous ones (as ever), but at least I managed to compile a full set. Enjoy.

    1. ‘Aha, where’s Q?’ I hear you say.

      An aberration on my part. Please accept my apologies for this oversight.

      (The March Of The) Black Queen – Queen

      will hopefully suffice, to complete the list.

    2. I hope you realize that I’m going to have Black or White stuck in my head for the rest of the week. It’s that catchy riff.

  9. Led Zeppelin Black Dog is the one that comes to mind.

    Finally got to see Celebration Day. It is a great watch.

    AXS TV in the US has been showing it up to 3 times per day starting last Sunday.

    Think I remember seeing David was at O2 for Zeppelin. I know he was at Leonard Cohen at the O2 since the notes on the DVD list “Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and former Culture Secretary Chris Smith” as members of the audience.

    Leonard Cohen Live in London is also a great watch. Don’t think Leonard wrote the notes for the DVD.

  10. Who knows why ‘Black Friday’ is named this way? I read different explanations online…

    – because of massive traffic jams, chaos and sometimes even violence?
    – because it’s supposed to be the day where companies move from deficits (written in red ink in the past to indicate loss) to profits (written in black ink) for the year?

    Some of my favourite ‘black’ songs:

    – ‘Fade to Black’, Metallica
    – ‘Black Dog’, Led Zeppelin
    – ‘Black Night’, Deep Purple
    – ‘Paint it Black’, Rolling Stones
    – ‘Black Hole’, Soundgarden
    – ‘L’Aigle Noir’, Barbara

    For this blog topic: ‘Black Friday’, Steely Dan

    For nostalgia’s sake: ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress’, The Hollies

    For Tim: ‘Black Swan’, Thom Yorke 😛

    For … FEd?: ‘Black Math’, The White Stripes 😉

    For fun: Not a song but a dance: ‘The Black and White Tights Dance’ :))

    1. 😀 Thank you Pavlov, I’ve got those DVDs on my Christmas wish list.

      He’s an incredible musician eh? Surrounds himself with other incredible musicians too. I saw him in concert a couple of months ago, it was great to be in an audience that listened!!! The performance was great too. 😀


    2. Also . . . seeing as you mentioned a Leonard Cohen song, here is Bonamassa giving a Cohen song the Bonamassa treatment, Bird On A Wire, from his album, Black Rock.


  11. Hi Fed,

    just checking to see how everybody is. I was catching up on music news and found this but I see you’ve ‘declined comment’ as is the norm and to be expected now. Interesting times, David Bowie earlier this year. Wow, I hope the jungle drums are beating true.

    Anyway hope everybody is well. Almost the 8th anniversary of the site, hope I’m one of the first to offer congratulations.

    Take care all.

    Best wishes Tom B – Dublin

    1. Belated thanks, Tom. I thought I’d already replied but now notice that I hadn’t.

      Very best wishes to you and yours as we look to another New Year.

  12. Black and Blue, The Rolling Boulders now. Great album. Mick’s gonna be a great Grampa next year. My oh my, LOL.

    Fed, you ready for Xmas? C’mon; let us know.

    Tough situation in Glasgow yesterday, ouch.

  13. “Paint It Black” – The Rolling Stones
    “Black Lassie” – Cheech and Chong

    Anything by Black-Eyed Peas

    1. Or, better still, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It’s not quite black, but there’s a ‘Shade of Blue’ that might be close enough…

  14. Pink Floyd Classic Concept by AyseDeniz Gokcin. Was this album your reasons for the blog on ‘thoughts of classical’ a few weeks ago?

    I will be getting this for Christmas.

    Kind regards Damian.

  15. Are we allowed to post black movies?

    ‘Black Christmas’, horror movie released on Christmas Day in 2006… Perfect timing, isn’t it? 😉

    1. How about the whole genre of films described as “Film Noir”? 🙂

      You and I can fight for the role of “femme fatale”, Michèle, in any film made about David’s life. :))

      That said, David, if you are reading this, I love all your ‘Noir’, powerful sounding guitar work and dark lyrics. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is one of my favourite albums, so too is Division Bell, Take a Breath, Red Sky at Night. . . If you are taking requests. . .

      ash 😀

    1. Good choice. 🙂

      Such a great loss to mankind. I doubt there’s been a greater loss felt by so many people, so far apart, certainly not in my lifetime.

      I very rarely agree with David Cameron, and as two-faced a tribute as it may be considering the attitudes of his party to apartheid in the 1980s, “Nelson Mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time” is so very true and not at all an exaggeration. How much the whole world owes Mandela’s courage and determination.

    2. Great loss and he sure will be remembered by all of us.

      I’m disgusted by the people who now show up and add their 2 cents on Mr Mandela when they ignored and still ignore the whole planet. They only try to catch some warming rays of Mr Mandela’s light because they are cold as ice.


    3. Sent to Discipline Committee for wearing (after the game) T-shirts which said ‘Thank you Madiba’ and ‘Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela’ … in order to “keep political imagery out of football”???

      Ridiculous, absurd. To my mind.

  16. “The Queen said she was “deeply saddened” by Nelson Mandela’s death, saying he “worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today”.”

    As much as I would like to agree with all of The Queen’s remarks, I cannot … yes, he worked tirelessly for the good of South Africa and he left a great legacy for his successors … and what an amazing human being!

    Perhaps the “…peaceful South Africa…” part should have been omitted as there is nothing peaceful (except the few, isolated pockets of hope) about it with its off-the-charts crime rate, soaring unemployment, extreme poverty, corrupt politicians, and the incessant in-fighting between various factions — Madiba would be saddened and deeply disappointed.

    Johnny Clegg (With Nelson Mandela) – the real thing!

    1. It does rather show that from a British / European point of view, we equate “peace” in South Africa with the absence of a Zimbabwe style “war” on established (white) wealth and property.

      Now that’s a good thing for everybody I suspect, but I would also hope that the desire for a more just South Africa extends a little beyond the absence of Apartheid.

    2. …absence of a Zimbabwe style “war” on established (white) wealth and property.

      Which, incidentally, has done more harm to the country [Zimbabwe] … now everyone has nothing except the ‘Fat Cat’ and his minions … and those who ‘kiss his ring’ [I leave you to decide which ring I mean ;)]. I suppose to some extent that is my point. It’s the ‘rule of law’ in Zimbabwe whereas in South Africa it is far more surreptitious and rarely reported. Having said that, and however misguided, I really believe in my heart of hearts, that the “collective we” is stronger and will prevail.

    3. . . . off-the-charts crime rate, soaring unemployment, extreme poverty, corrupt politicians, and the incessant in-fighting between various factions . . .

      If South Africa was still being subjected to international sanctions because of the apartheid regime though, it would be much, much worse perhaps.


    4. That’s a tough one Ash … we will never really know for sure. There are so many ‘schools of thought’ on the topic and as a former ‘insider’ and now an ‘outsider’, my judgement is clouded by what I know versus that of say family, friends, or business associates who have day-to-day lives there and have their own unique perspectives.

      If we keep the past just in the rear view mirror, make sure to look left, right and above, we can go forward in to uncharted territory and do our best. 😀

  17. Black Star – Elvis
    Long Black Limousine – Elvis
    Black Sunshine – Rob Zombie
    Black Mirror – The Arcade Fire
    Men In Black – Will Smith
    Black and White Blues – Nirvana

  18. Below, I have quoted the lyrics to a song called ‘Fourteen Black Paintings’, by Peter Gabriel.

    From the pain come the dream
    From the dream come the vision
    From the vision come the people
    From the people come the power
    From this power come the change

    For me, this describes the taking back of power denied to an oppressed people, so seems fitting as a description of what happened in South Africa.

    Whilst the title of the song fits this blog topic by having the word ‘Black’ in it, and the sentiment expressed in the lyrics describes the ending of apartheid in South Africa so to me seemed to be a worthy of inclusion in a conversation about Nelson Mandela.

    I’m wasn’t sure why Gabriel called the song by that name however.

    I tried googling it and learned quite a bit about art instead!

    I also googled a lot, about apartheid, its history, the Boer Wars, South African history, slavery, Steve Biko. . . I was searching for how apartheid started. I wondered how Mr Mandela could be so forgiving, why he sought to unite the people, black and white, instead of seeking to deport the white oppressors.

    I decided that it’s no good looking back (literally, there was just so much to read and it went back to the 1600s) to discover who is to “blame”. It goes back too far. The only answer is to live together and plan a good future together.

    I knew what apartheid was, I hated it, I rejoiced with the rest of the world when Mr Mandela was freed. It wasn’t until I said to myself the words in the paragraph above that I realised why Mr Mandela had to find a way to forgive, it was because it was the only way forward.

    What a Great Man he was. I hope his memory lives forever.


  19. Glad to see “Black Magic Woman” was on others’ list. It is a good song. Use to be on the radio often and have not heard it for a while.

  20. Mandela was an example of what humankind should be doing. His leaving leaves a huge void. As you said FEd, “One that is felt by many even though so far apart.”

    Many good people have departed this year. What humans do best.

  21. I hope all is well in England and Europe. I read that the area was hit hard by an immense storm. With The Astoria being on River Thames, I hope that she did not sustain any damage and nothing else was damaged either. My thoughts are with you…

  22. Black Camera – Wintersleep
    Black Damask – Motionless In White
    Black And Gold – Sam Sparro
    Black Magic – Slayer

  23. My thoughts are with you, FEd. I read that England was hit by a rather large storm, I’m glad to see in the comment above that the Astoria’s fine, I hope nothing was badly damaged, and I hope all is well on your end.

    With concern, Brennan M, age 15, Texas.

  24. Even though a new blog has come forth I could not resist to mention that I’m glad fellow bloggers mentioned “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” by The Hollies. Again something I used to hear on the radio and have not for a while. I thought of it but did not mention it.

    The Michael Jackson “Black or White” video was not what came to my mind when I heard it mentioned. I might be thinking “Black and White”. Some of the lyrics are, “the keys are black, the keys are white” (piano keys). About getting along. Not sure who did it. Leaning toward “Three Dog Night”??? Good song. Especially with Mandela’s departure.

    Also upon more information. I thought Mandela was about no violence. Guess that was in later years.

    1. I might be thinking “Black and White”. Some of the lyrics are, “the keys are black, the keys are white” (piano keys). About getting along. Not sure who did it. Leaning toward “Three Dog Night”??? Good song. Especially with Mandela’s departure.

      Three Dog Night is correct, also The Spinners.

      The ink is black, the page is white
      Together we learn to read and write

      A song we used to sing in school assembly, actually. Ah, those were the days. I dread to think what non-religious, politically-correct crap they make kids sing nowadays.

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