From the recording Slipping Into Darkness/Spill The Wine
"Slipping Into Darkness", backed with "Nappy Head", was War's first big hit since their name change from Eric Burdon and War. (The spelling was changed slightly to "Slippin' Into Darkness" for the single, and is also used on a CD edition of the album.) An earlier single was "All Day Music" backed with "Get Down". A subtitle for "Nappy Head" claims it is the theme from Ghetto Man, but there does not appear to be any notable film or television series with this title, and it may refer to a series that never went into production. "Baby Brother" is a live track recorded at the Hollywood Bowl, June 30, 1971, at an event called the United Artists 99 Cent Spectacular; a studio version of this song retitled "Me and Baby Brother" appeared on a later album, Deliver the Word (1973).
"Spill the Wine" is a 1970 song performed by Eric Burdon and War. Released as a single in May 1970 (backed by the non-album track "Magic Mountain"), it was War's first chart hit, peaking at number three in the US. It was also a top three hit in Canada and Australia. It charted #15 in Netherlands and #28 in Germany.
In 1996, it was remixed by Junior Vasquez and released as a single again.
Lonnie Jordan said in an 2008 interview that Eric Burdon is the first Latin rapper in pop music.
In the introduction to the live version of the song on Greatest Hits Live, Lonnie Jordan reveals that the inspiration for the song was a time when he spilled a glass of wine on a mixing board in the recording studio. Eric Burdon found the event funny, so he and Jordan used it as the inspiration for the song.
Slippin Into Darkness- ah ah ah, well, well, well, well, well, well, well.I was slippin' into darknessWhen they took my friend awayI was slippin' into darknessWhen they took, when they took my friend awayYou know he loved to drink whiskeyOh oh oh ohWhile laughing at the moon.Slippin' into darknessTakes my mind beyond the treesI was slippin' into darkness, yeahTakes my mind beyond the treesWell, i talked to my brothersOh oh oh ohWho never said their names.Slippn' into darkness, yeahAll my troubles though i chooseI was slippin' into darkness, yeahAll my troubles though i chooseI got a wife and a baby, yeah, yeahOh oh oh ohNow my love has gained its fame.Slippin' into darkness, yeahWhen i heard my mother sayI was slippin' into darkness, yeahWhen i heard my mother sayYou've been slippin' into darknessOh oh oh ohPretty soon, you're gonna pay.Yeah, yeah.
Spill The Wine
I was once I was strolling one very hot summer's dayWhen I thought laid myself down to restIn a big field of tall grassI laid there in the sun and felt it carressing my faceAs i fell asleep and dreamedI dreamed i was in a hollywood movieAnd that i was the star of the movieThis really blew my mindThe fact that me an overfed long haired leaping nomeShould be the star of a hollywood movie, hmmmBut there i wasI was taken to a placeThe hall of the mountain kingsI stood high by the mountain topsNaked to the worldIn front ofEvery kind of girlThere was long one's tall ones, short ones, brown ones,Black ones, round ones, big ones, crazy onesOut of the middle, came a ladyShe whispered in my earSomething crazyShe said,Chorus x4Spill the wine and take that pearlI could feel hot flames of fire roaring at my backAs she disappeared, but soon she returnedIn her hand was a bottle of wineIn the other a glassShe poured some of the wine from the bottle into the glassAnd raised it to her lipsAnd just before she drank it, she saidTake the wine take that pearlSpill the wine, take that pearlSpill the wine, take that pearlSpill the wine, take that pearlTake that pearl, yeah!It's on girl, all you gotta do is spill that wineSpill that wine, let me feel, let me feel hot, yeah! yeah!Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine,Spill the wine, spill the wine, spill the wine,Take that pearl