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Pearl Jam Black Lyrics

Last updated: 01/18/2014 03:55:10 PM


Hey... oooh...
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
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn

Ooh, and all I taught her was everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all that she wore
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds
Of what was everything.
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything...

I take a walk outside
I'm surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear?
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I'm spinning, oh, I'm spinning
How quick the sun can drop away

And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass
Of what was everything?
All the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything...

All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I'll be... yeah...
Uh huh... uh huh... ooh...

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

Aah... uuh..

Too doo doo too, too doo doo [many times until fade]

Thanks to manolo for submitting Black Lyrics.

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music is poetry.. | Reviewer: kitten | 1/17/14

All lyrics are laid out for you, your mind and heart choose the meaning... artist don't want you to know what they were going through ..... they just want you to relate and incorporate your own passion and story.

Who is this guy, and what is he whining about? | Reviewer: Greg | 4/8/13

Pearl jam makes me laugh, Eddie vedder just ruins this for me. But I find his singing quite comical. Ooooo.. Oooooo yeah, dudoodudoodoodooduuuu.... Terrible. Worst than bob Dylan!

Black Pearl | Reviewer: Laura | 10/11/12

For the rock 1000, which is held every year by the Rock radio station, this song came in at number six which says a lot about how many people love Pearl Jam and voted for them. I just love this song. I own the album and it is amazing. I love Pearl Jam

goodbye | Reviewer: thom yorke | 7/9/12

im pretty sure this song is about his girlfriend who was an artist that committed suicide.For example all five horizions means she was died for 5 days cause the sun rises every day until they found her dead body.Next example is all the pics washed in black means she probally painted all over all her pics black.I mean the frist paragraph says it all about this theroy and the i know someday youll have a beautifil life and i know someday you will be a star in someone elses life is a belief in an after life for her so thats my opinion but who am i to say

Lyrics | Reviewer: Mike | 1/10/12

Forgive me if this is redundant (I only read the first page of posts) but line two is "were laid spread out before me," not "her legs spread out before me." Easy mistake- did it myself for quite a time before getting gently corrected by a kind friend...

As for a "review" - that is beyond my ability, and I could never do it justice. Suffice to say that it moves me like few can, connecting me memories both beautiful and agonizing.

melody alone (BLACK CHOSE ME) | Reviewer: polillan | 12/12/11

i am lyric-deaf most of the time weird though i can only hear the melodies + music of most of the song out there. the intro alone is full of emotion.
i can't recall exactly when i first hear this song.
i was maybe 9 or TEN y/o that time. it was not until i was 20 that i care to research about the lyrics of this song. i cant relate with the words but it feels like something inside me recognizes it, keeps on haunting me every time i hear it.
then came 2007, we won second place on a local ROCKoUSTIC Competition we perform BLACK as our english song cover. i play the guitar, and my brother do the vocals.
i am turning 30 now and this song makes me feel TEN y/o again.
i am still wondering what's with this song.
then i read something that says "...sometimes you choose the music, sometimes the music choose you..."
now i have an idea, maybe BLACK CHOSE ME. lol

another song from these artists i recommend: PARACHUTE
this time i choose it. but im not really sure. lol


TEN | Reviewer: patasv | 9/5/11

I'm 43 now, but I am a proud owner of the 1st release of the TEN album, what? 20 + years old CD, yes I am so proud of that, but, Black caught from the very 1st time that I listen this PJ release, I was sit on my room with a full daylight around , a beautiful afternoon feeling all this electricity on my soul, Black can be one the best top ten songs ever.

just one of those songs... | Reviewer: hybrid | 6/30/11

"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?"

those lyrics has tormented me for years, and still does to this very day...
life tales of long lost love...thank you PJ

Great song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/28/11

I laughed when I read the review from the 18 year old.. I am 64, yes! SIXTY FOUR. I love this Pearl Jam song.. I admit, I had to ask my daughter who did this song but from the first tim I heard it, I loved it. I grew up with the Beatles, the Stones, Pink Floyd etc. but still love new music, after all, good music covers generations.. So if you see a "little old lady" riding by, blasting Black, dont laugh too hard. :-)

Masterpiece | Reviewer: Schmitty | 10/11/10

I am 40 years old. I bought the "TEN" album when it came out and was blown away. It has stood the test of time with me to this day. "Black" is an amazing song because everyone can relate to it. It is sang with such raw emotion that you cant help but get pulled in right from the get go. And the finish is just an enourmous release of emotional anguish that reaches your very soul. "I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky but why,.. why,.. why,.. can't it be,.. can't be in mine. " Definetly my all time favorite pearl jam song. If you know anybody in your life that has not heard this song, do them a favor and play it for them.

How? | Reviewer: Chris | 7/24/10

How on earth do you write a song so amazing? I swear if this song were a single it would have been in the top 5 most popular songs ever. I love this song so much and I can relate to it. I listen to it at least 20 times a day. I hope to be a musician some day and this song keeps me humble. I know I could never write something this great!

Hands down, the best | Reviewer: bh | 2/9/10

This is easliy one of the greatest songs ever written. This song plays at my house at least 10 times a week. I play it for my 2 1/2yr old little girl, and she often asks why Im upset and I say Im not, Im happy! but this songs just pulls all the emotion out of us all. And i want her to grow up hearing this song just so she knows what music really is !...

The flood gates broken | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/20/09

This is one of my favorite Pearl Jam's been so long since I've sat down and listened to the album, but I am right now. I went to see my fave local band tonight and they covered this song. How ironic is it that as they start playing Black, the girl I gave all my heart and soul to walks in with the guy she hooked up with after me...and sat right behind me before seeing me... my soul aches still... my long lost love that didn't come home one day and I don't know why almost 3 years later. Maybe I'm a fool, but I miss her so much.

their best work | Reviewer: Kabsy | 9/28/09

This is the first song by pearl jam although not released as a single. To me it is the best song of theirs by far, so much emotion in Eddies voice and music is brilliant, every time i hear him sing it it make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. She must have been one hell of a women to envoke such emotion.

the best one ever ........ | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/26/09

well one of a kind or migh be the best one ever and think that vedders almos dont recorded but all of us are thanks they did firt time i here the some i star crying my brother pas away the same date