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“Black” is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. The song is the fifth track on the band’s debut album, Ten (1991). Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Stone Gossard, “Black” is a soliloquy by a broken-hearted man, who is remembering his absent lover.

After Ten became a commercial success in 1992, Pearl Jam’s record label Epic Records urged the group to release the song as a single. The band refused, citing the song’s personal nature. Despite the lack of a commercial release, “Black” received airplay on American radio stations, and charted on the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Tracks charts. A remixed version of the song was included on Pearl Jam’s 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991–2003.

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Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Were laid spread out before me, as her body once did
All five horizons revolved around her soul, as the earth to the sun

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  • EVENo94

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [61]

    Yesterday 9:56pm Reply
  • Dif90

    This song causes pain and suffering since 1991.

    24 Dec 1:19pm Reply
  • milkcocoshake

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [60]

    10 Dec 11:10am Reply
  • andjeremyspoke

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [59]

    5 Dec 8:07pm Reply
  • flaviobjr

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [58]

    2 Dec 8:15pm Reply
  • __UnknowN__

    It's been two years since I lost a relantionship of five years, all I can think is... "I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine?" [57] Even today, even if I'm loving the hell out of being single, this song manages to break my heart everytime.

    2 Dec 1:21am Reply
  • sam_ecc

    this song pretty much defines my life

    26 Nov 5:51pm Reply
  • George_Bastos01

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [56]

    23 Nov 8:16pm Reply
  • MojeNalogi

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [55]

    18 Nov 8:30pm Reply
  • white_lemur

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [54]

    12 Nov 5:24pm Reply
  • Neil_McCauley_

    ...of what was everything...??? ...absolutely oustanding PJ's track by far...

    28 Oct 4:55pm Reply
  • Ojlaa

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [53]

    23 Oct 4:46pm Reply
  • gonzaandres

    We belong, We belong...

    3 Oct 6:40pm Reply
  • daMukky

    This song, these lyrics! omg.. Powerful, emotional, mindblowing! .......... I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [52]

    1 Sep 9:22pm Reply
  • Igor_Zukunft

    This, live on two legs, is the one of the best songs of all time.

    17 Aug 1:54pm Reply
  • corpsetastic

    Fuck me, the emotional content is spilling over the logical constraints bestowed to the boundaries of mere music... what an unrestrained spouting of human expression mr vedder, I salute thee...

    13 Aug 3:16am Reply
  • D3licateBalance

    This song is by far one of the best songs ever written.

    11 Aug 1:44pm Reply
  • YeezusSuburbia

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [51]

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  • MartianReaper

    I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star In somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine? [50] this song has got such a grip on me...

    7 Aug 4:59pm Reply
  • GhostFame

    Vedder's voice in this is so powerful and beautiful at the same time

    3 Aug 9:39pm Reply
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