Fishin In The Dark

"Fishin' In the Dark" is Perhaps the Most Memorable Fishing Song in History


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Here's why we love the song "Fishin' In the Dark" so much.

When was the first time you heard the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's hit song "Fishin' In The Dark?" It was from the 1987 album "Hold On," and not long after its release, the song peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. In some ways, it has never looked back.

Just because we hunt, fish, love the outdoors, and raise our families to do the same, doesn't mean that we and everyone else automatically likes country music. Some songs transcend that line between Rock & Roll, Honkey Tonk, and the Blues to rise in overall popularity.

"Fishin' In the Dark" does that with change to spare.

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It's also not very often that you find yourself listening to a song with a group of lyrics that sets it apart from the others in a way that might be a little, well, bawdy in its form. At the same time, you'll be hard pressed to find even the staunchest conservative folk that don't get a wry smile from a song that we've been singing since before some of you were born.

As much as we may want to hope that this catchy melody was made by a fellow fisherman, the honest truth is that singer/songwriter Jim Photoglo knew he was onto something good when he played this bouncy tune for fellow songwriter Wendy Waldman. And you may be surprised to know that, as the Tennessean reported, "he really, really didn't want to turn it into a song about fishing."

Just so Mr. Photoglo knows, we don't always see it that way anyway. 

Fishin' in the Dark

An official music video may not exist (or at least be easily found) for "Fishin' In the Dark," but there are plenty of versions available on YouTube, including this "Official Vinyl Video" from RHINO's YouTube channel.

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Since you really don't need to watch the video, just click play, turn it up a bit, and keep scrolling for the lyrics.

 

The Rest of the Story

Country acts the likes of the amazing Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney have either recorded this song or played it live for many years, and that's just to name a few. Even the famous Billboard Magazine had an article stating that the song was still getting so much airplay nearly 30 years later that it should still be listed on the charts at around #57, or at least among the top 100!

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Back in 2015, Photoglo spoke with The Tennessean to address the song's origin and how it eventually became such a hit.

The planets had aligned for Photoglo since the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had already recorded one of his songs, and since friend and producer Josh Leo had taken the reigns of the NGDB he said, "Man, the Dirt Band, this is perfect for them."

Not only that, but in all the years since they recorded the song, it's almost impossible to list the number of other songs that also reference "Fishin' in the Dark" in their lyrics, so it's been an enormously far-reaching song.

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I have been a fan of this song for many years, along with the beloved outdoors woman in my life, so much so that we even refer to it as 'Our Song' and can only smile when it comes on the radio.

"Fishin' In the Dark" Lyrics (From MusixMatch)

Lazy yellow moon comin' up tonight
Shinin' through the trees
Crickets are singin' and lightning bugs
Are floatin' on the breeze, baby get ready
Across the field where the creek turns back
By the old stump row
I'm gonna take you to a special place
That nobody knows baby get ready

You and me go fishin' in the dark
Lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars
Where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moonlight
We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night
Just movin' slow
Stayin' the whole night through
It feels so good to be with you

Spring is almost over and the summer's come
And the days are gettin' long
Waited all winter for the time to be right
Just to take you along, baby get ready
And it don't matter if we sit forever
And the fish don't bite
Jump in the river and cool ourselves
From the heat of the night, baby get ready

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You and me go fishin' in the dark
Lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars
Where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moonlight
We'll be fallin in love in the middle of the night
Just movin' slow
Stayin' the whole night through
It feels so good to be with you

You and me go fishin'
(You and me go fishin in the dark)
In the dark lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars
Where the cool grass grows, down by the river
(Down by the light)
In the full moonlight we'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night
(We'll be fallin in love)
Just movin' slow

You and me go fishin'
(You and me go fishin in the dark)
In the dark lyin' on our backs and countin' the stars
Where the cool grass grows
Down by the river in the full moonlight
(Down by the light)
We'll be fallin' in love in the middle of the night...

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