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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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  • 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]

    9 Aug 5:27am Reply
  • 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
  • harry_watson

    When i heard this song first time, i couldn't move. It was so powerful and beautiful. My favourite song for many years.

    30 Jul 3:46pm Reply
  • matheusoad

    Life is a flat circle. All that happened will happen again. And again. Like this song. Doesn't matter who she is. She gonna be a star in somebody else's sky.

    30 Jul 1:16pm Reply
  • El-Cynico

    Tchururu tchu tchururu

    25 Jul 3:06am Reply
  • jubertolli

    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? [49]

    20 Jul 7:56am Reply
  • RainSpiritCM

    Such emotions

    17 Jul 4:20am Reply
  • gminie

    cries

    6 Jul 9:07pm Reply
  • darckblacks

    i love you

    20 Jun 4:29pm Reply
  • VintageBabydoll

    All the love gone bad, turned my world to black, tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I'll ever be...

    31 May 3:17pm Reply
  • armsoreal

    only knew this song yesterday but already can tell that it's one of those songs that will stick with me for the rest of my life

    30 May 10:55am Reply
  • vanilla_boy1

    Excellent tune, so emotional.

    24 May 12:57am Reply
  • Fenolita

    I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky, but why why, why can't it be, why can't it be mine ?

    20 May 9:39pm Reply
  • simurden

    for your love...

    10 May 9:09pm Reply
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