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Pearl Jam – Black lyrics

Hey... Ooo...
Sheets of empty canvas
Untouched sheets of clay

Were laid spread out before me
As her body once did

All five horizons
Revolved a-round 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
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

Ah huh
Ah huh

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life
I know you'll be a sun
In somebo-dy else's sky, but why
Why can't it be
Why can't it be mine

Aah Yeah ooo
Aah... Huh..

Do dodo do dodo [many times until fade]

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  • haley_carmi
    Pretty much the overall meaning behind this song is how he was in a relationship with a girl and it suddenly ended. And now since they aren't together, he doesn't see the joy in anything anymore. Everything is just plain to him, there is no more happiness. He misses her and greatly wishes to have her back in his life again. Towards the end of the song he says he knows she will a beautiful life with somebody else, but he wishes she would be with him.
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