Dark Fog give psychedelic expression to the anger and grief that followed JFK's assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Even though JFK's running mate was a Texan, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Kennedy had barely won Texas in the 1960 presidential election, not to mention that he had actually lost Dallas. JFK decided to go to Texas in November, 1963, to raise some funds and boost his chances of re-election in 1964, as well as to quell some political squabbles. But as we all know, things did not turn out too well as his motorcade rolled through Dallas, which proved to be more hostile territory than JFK had imagined. A number of interests in Texas hated Kennedy, but perhaps none more so than his Vice President, who had helped JFK plan the trip to Texas in the summer of 1963.
According to songwriter Ray Donato, given the political climate of the time, “it's no surprise he was killed [in Texas].” The first section of the song expresses this immediate reaction. “Then the song breaks into the floating mellow part, representing the grief that followed the anger, the lyrics being ‘how could they just kill him like that...’ followed by ‘where was his mind...as it flew right past his side...it's floating past Onassis...’ representing the iconic image of his brains sprayed out and Jackie trying to grab them back.” Donato, like many of us, has “always been horrified and fascinated by that imagery.”