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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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  • 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
  • Neil_McCauley_

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

    28 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • gonzaandres

    We belong, We belong...

    3 Oct 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Igor_Zukunft

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

    17 Aug 2014 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 2014 Reply
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