Slippin' into Darkness

"Slippin' into Darkness" is a song written and performed by War. The song was produced by Jerry Goldstein.[1] A live version of the song was featured as the B-side to their 1974 single "Ballero".

"Slippin' into Darkness"
Single by War
from the album All Day Music
B-sideNappy Head (Theme From "Ghetto Man")
ReleasedNovember 1971 (1971-11)
Length3:59 single version. 6:59: album version.
LabelUnited Artists
Producer(s)Jerry Goldstein
War singles chronology
"All Day Music"
"Slippin' into Darkness"
"The World Is a Ghetto"


This song is an unusual blues form with the first lines being repeated, in an African and Latin rhythm. The song deals with a friend, who's life was taken away from drunkeness, who withdraws from reality, having to pay the consequences. Because of the song's length in the album version, if 6:59, the Single radio edit version of 3:59,omits the slower introduction, plus the second verse of the song.

Chart PerformanceEdit

It reached #12 on the U.S. R&B chart and #16 on the U.S. pop chart in 1972.[2] It was featured on their 1971 album All Day Music.[3] The song ranked #23 on Billboard magazine's Top 100 singles of 1972.[4]

Other versionsEdit


In popular cultureEdit


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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