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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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  • tibijack

    THIS IS REAL PEARL JAM!!!!!!!

    22 Apr 2:54pm Reply
  • TheUglyTuna

    An all-time favorite for 20+ years now. The crowd singalong from the Benaroya album gives me chills every single time. Hell, I don't even need to hear it, it gives me chills just thinking about it. I'm not sure which is sadder, this song, or the untold number of poor souls who can identify with it. 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? [66]

    20 Apr 2:39am 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? [65]

    17 Apr 10:01am Reply
  • Songs_of_Myself

    one of my all-time favorites, still brings goosebumps

    10 Apr 5:39am Reply
  • Ashtart444

    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? [64]

    29 Mar 3:49pm Reply
  • burgundyschmidt

    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? [63] Que música linda <3

    23 Mar 1:19am Reply
  • tcbp

    I believe this is PJ's best song. The "star" line is something impossible to describe

    27 Feb 10:49pm Reply
  • white_lemur

    It's so sad but beautiful...it makes me cry every time...

    31 Jan 6:49pm Reply
  • vrinicius

    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? [62]

    23 Jan 4:41am Reply
  • jppower

    best song

    2 Jan 3:59pm Reply
  • 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]

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Dif90

    This song causes pain and suffering since 1991.

    24 Dec 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • sam_ecc

    this song pretty much defines my life

    26 Nov 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
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