Oh no, God damn
I missed the last tram
I killed the party again
God damn, God damn

I want to sleep in my bed
I want to clean up my head
Don't want to look this dead
Don't want to feel this dread

I killed the party again
I ruined it for my friends
"Well, you're so silent, Jens"
Well, maybe I am, maybe I am

Now at the central station
No time for being patient
I feel like going home
But at the same time, I don't

Black Cab

And I've heard all those stories
About the black cabs and the way they drive
That if you take a ride with them
You might not come back alive

They might be psycho killers
But tonight I really don't care
So I say turn up the music
Take me home or take me anywhere

Black cab

You don't know anything
So don't ask me questions
You don't know anything
So don't ask me any questions
You don't know anything
So don't ask me questions

Just turn the music up
And keep your mouth shut

Black cab


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  • +2
    General CommentThis is a surreal, elegiac lament set to rock music. The harpsichord riff (which, I've read, is lifted from "I've Got Something On My Mind" by the Left Banke) combines with a hypnotic, pounding guitar line, and together they push the song along. To me, the driving repetitiveness of the instrumental track has a leavening effect befitting the motion of a cab ride.

    The lyrics are about a man dragged down by weariness and defeat who finds a kind of solace in a ride in a black taxicab. Failing to catch the last tram home accentuates his depression, which stems from feelings of social inadequacy at a party he attended that evening. A taxicab is a temporary escape, a roving island where he can take his mind off his troubles. Being the silent type, he doesn't feel like talking to the driver about his problems. Instead, he loses himself in the movement of the cab, dissolving his pain in the music that he asks to be turned up.

    The black taxicab hints of danger and caprice. "Black cab" sounds like "black cat," a sign of bad luck. And apparently black cabs have a shady reputation ("If you take a ride with them / You might not come back alive"). So hailing a black cab and telling the driver to "take me home or take me anywhere" is a risky decision, perhaps even a suicidal one. Maybe the singer has a death wish, or maybe he just wants to invite a little excitement into his life to shake him out of his despair. Either way, his thinking and actions are irrational.

    The sound of bells pealing at the end of the song can mean many things, but for me it evokes church bells welcoming parishioners to services on a Sunday morning. That would fit if the party took place late on a Saturday night, and the extra-long cab ride lasted until daybreak. Another possibility is that the bells are signalling the funeral of the singer.
    drewdcon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don´t know if people outside Sweden gets it, but Black Cab is a word-by-word translation of "Svarttaxi". (Svart=Black, Taxi=Cab).

    Svarttaxi/Black Cab means to take an illegal cab home. I think that´s what he means with "they might me psycho killers". That you never know what kind of person driving that "cab" are. Maybe they try to rob/rape you. Have happend a lot of times in Sweden.
    ohioghoston December 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt means i'm going to go onto every single other song page on this website and say that they should listen to this song right now. NOW. at this time of year. in my ear. after drinking beer. until they do. and then they'll..


    oh noes... all my friend want me to go home now.

    time to dance teh funky chicken all the way to the cab stop.
    teh_catton April 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is SO AMAZING. and sad. it's pretty obvious what it is about,him/or someone else at a party,and he being shy and stuff..

    i love the line:They might be psycho killers
    But tonight I really don't care
    GABBAHEYon May 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is epic.
    DeBurgoon January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It grew on me too. I never hated it, but it definitely went from being just okay to one of my favorites.
    rhymeswithorangeon March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis ALBUM grew on partially because I loved this song so much the album stayed in rotation. I do feel like the lo-fi feel to it could have been cleaned up a bit though, but it does add a certain amount of charm.

    I have a friend that I think about every time I hear it. Especially during the verse "I killed the party again..." because that's what he does every time he comes out with me.
    Moses19on March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems that he is introverted and has some serious issues but his friends are too casual to actually help him. They want him to be happy just so that the party could continue, but don't really think there could be anything serious going on with him. Since he's introverted, he doesn't want to talk about his worries and fears, thinking that this would only kill the party more and that his friends don't care anyway.

    He gets into this black cab, because he feels that he just can't go home yet, since he's too overwhelmed by his thoughts. It's like an act of courage. He wants to do something, anything to get rest from his thoughts, so he chooses the risky taxi drive to have something else to concentrate on.
    At the same time he knows that nothing's going to happen to him anyway and that he'll probably just drive he's night away. Maybe the reason why he doesn't want to go to home and why he went to this party in the first place was that at home he just falls into this routine anxiety.

    I think the line
    "You don't know anything
    So don't ask me questions"
    does not only refer to the taxi driver, but also to his friends. Everybody asks him these stupid superficial questions and act like they know everything, when, in fact, they haven't really bothered to try to understand, or actually talk to him.
    ultrasoundon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the translation, ohioghost -- the black cab being llegal makes sense and makes the song's lyrics easier to understand.
    drewdcon December 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt means i'm going to go onto every single other song page on this website and say that they should listen to this song right now. NOW. at this time of year. in my ear. after drinking beer. until they do. and then they'll..


    oh noes... all my friend want me to go home now.

    time to dance teh funky chicken all the way to the cab stop.
    teh_catton April 21, 2007   Link

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