CUT#2: "Ain't No Love In The Darkness"

"Ain't No Love In The Darkness"

AIN'T NO LOVE IN THE DARKNESS
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This tune was written back in 1983 and is probably the first song recorded on the newly-purchased 8-Track recorder. This song "wrote itself" in my head, and I actually recorded the drums first while imagining the rest of the arrangement in my head. The drums are recorded in mono to a single track. The kit is a vintage set of Rogers'(OctaPlus) which belonged to old "Vipers" bandmate Gary Shelton. A week or so after I recorded the basic drum, bass, and guide guitar track, an old friend from Little Rock, Danny Fletcher ("Stuff") was in town and recorded some great nylon-string guitar as well as flute and clarinet. Danny is a musician's musician and can play just about every instrument known to man. He has incredible talent and being a former licorice stick man myself I always liked his reed work. I always wanted Danny to play his clarinet on one of my tunes and this song has the right feel for it. Ray Ohls, who is the keyboardist for the prestigious Air Force Jazz Band and also hails from this "neck of the woods", dropped by the studio in 1986 to visit his Dad while on vacation and was gracious enough to lend a hand in the project. Actually, I had him over a barrel as I knew him back in his/our "freak" days and threatened to blow his cover unless he played on the album! Scott Hardy ("Blues Cruisers") also added a Hammond part this past winter. Finally, I re-cut the lead vocal track with the RODE "Classic" tube mic while leaving all the original background vocals intact. I lifted the lion's roar from an old Tarzan movie.

"Ain't No Love In The Darkness"
(Bob Ketchum)

Ain't no love in the darkness,
Slippin' down through the night;
Catch myself watchin' shadows,
Slippin' down outta' sight.

(CHORUS):
Moonbeams dance on the water,
I see those tears in your eyes;
you're sayin' things just to hurt me,
Why do you tell me those lies.

Meanwhile, back in the jungle,
The world keep turnin' around;
It's called the Law of Survival,
You give an inch and you lose ground;
9 to 5 every weekday,
I work as hard as I can;
If I don't bring home the bacon,
Into the fire out of the pan.

Bob Ketchum (vocals, drums, synth, bass & guitars)
Danny Fletcher (guitar, flute & clarinet)
Ray Ohls (synth organ)
Scott Hardy (Hammond)
Susan Ketchum (background vocals)
Tarzan Movie (lion roar)

Dime A Dozen Music (BMI) - 1983.

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