The Darkness Collection

by Bo_Emp



Here traveller, we may find the works of Bo_Emp, Denmark's most renowned veiling author, coupled with the musical genius of the USA's Bruce Springsteen. Taking a song off Springsteen's classic 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' album (1978) as his inspiration, Bo_Emp has penned a series of vignettes on the veiled life with the protagonists unwittingly living out the words of Bruce's songs. So, crank up your record player, put on the old 33 and enjoy a new adventure in veiling fiction...
Dave Potter

Music is one of the most important things in life. Whenever you feel down playing music can get you on your feet again. Most important is the rhythm and the sound, but the lyrics adds to give the right mood. And “We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school” (No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen). The best songs of course combine fantastic music and telling lyrics. After writing some stories based on pictures, I considered writing stories based on songs. The first songs to come to my mind was the Bruce Springsteen album ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ which I consider one of the best albums ever made, and perhaps the best album to have both fantastic music and lyrics. Besides it belongs to a very small group of non-compilation albums having no weak songs. It only has the weak point that the vocal is mixed a little back in the sound which combined with a lot of words in many lines, makes it hard to catch the lyrics when listening to the songs. But just look at your screen while listening, print it - or learn it by heart. I find these songs addictive. Because even though many are set in New Jersey they describe life as it is lived all over the world, also among women wearing veil.

This collection has in 2011 been extended with the songs of The Promise to be found below.


ball Badlands... (Mar 2007)
ball Adam Raised A Cain... (Apr 2007)
ball Something in the Night... (May 2007)
ball Candy's Room... (Jun 2007)
ball Racing in the Street... (Aug 2007)
ball The Promised Land... (Sep 2007)
ball Factory... (Nov 2007)
ball Streets of Fire... (Nov 2007)
ball Prove It All Night... (Nov 2007)
ball Darkness on the Edge of Town... (Dec 2007)



Darkness overview


It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive

Darkness overview

Adam Raised A Cain

It's relentless as the rain

Darkness overview

Something In The Night

another human being in sight

Darkness overview

Candy’s Room

A sadness all her own

Darkness overview

Racing In The Street

Tonight my baby and me
we're gonna ride to the sea

Darkness overview

The Promised Land

The dreams that tear you apart

Darkness overview


Just the working life

Darkness overview

Streets Of Fire

I talk to only strangers

Darkness overview

Prove It All Night

Girl, you want it, you take it,
you pay the price

Darkness overview

Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Everybody's got a secret


Inspired by the music of
Bruce Springsteen’s
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Stories and photomanips
by Bo_Emp


The Promise


In November 2010 the album The Promise was released. This is a double CD compilation of previously unreleased songs drawing from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, and as such The Darkness Collection wouldn't be complete without them. It's only these studio recordings that are unreleased, as many of the songs are known by having been given away to be recorded by other artists or from appearing on live releases.
The album is also available as part of the box set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story. In addition to the double CD it contains a remaster of the original album (which actually has a much clearer sound than any previous release - highly recommended), a DVD of the Thom Zimny documentary about the recording sessions, a DVD of a complete live without audience performance of all ten original songs from 2009 and a DVD with a 'bootleg' recording of a three hour live performance in Houston 1978.

This extension of The Darkness Collection was started by the sad news of E Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons passing away in June 2011 at age 69. In 2008 the E Street Band lost organ player Danny Federici at age 58. May they rest in peace.


ball Racing in the Street ('78)... (lyrics too close to original to write a different story)
ball Gotta Get That Feeling... (yet unwritten)
ball Outside Looking In... (yet unwritten)
ball Someday (We'll Be Together)... (yet unwritten)
ball One Way Street... (yet unwritten)
ball Because the Night... (yet unwritten)
ball Wrong Side of the Street... (yet unwritten)
ball The Brokenhearted... (yet unwritten)
ball Rendezvous... (yet unwritten)
ball Candy's Boy... (yet unwritten)
ball Save My Love... (yet unwritten)
ball Ain't Good Enough for You... (yet unwritten)
ball Fire... (Jul 2011)
ball Spanish Eyes... (yet unwritten)
ball It's a Shame... (yet unwritten)
ball Come On (Let's Go Tonight)... (yet unwritten)
ball Talk to Me... (Jul 2011)
ball The Little Things (My Baby Does)... (yet unwritten)
ball Breakaway... (yet unwritten)
ball The Promise... (yet unwritten)
ball City of Night... (yet unwritten)
ball The Way (hidden track)... (yet unwritten)


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