He left no time to regret
Kept his lips wet
With his same old safe bet
Me and my head high
And my tears dry
Get on without my guy
You went back to what you knew
So far removed from all that we went through
And I tread a troubled track
My odds are stacked
I'll go back to black

We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to
I go back to us

I love you much
It's not enough
You love blow, and I love puff
And life is like a pipe
And I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside

We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to
We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to

Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
Black
I go back to
I go back to

We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to
We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to black


Lyrics submitted by Nyra, edited by tk2x

"Back to Black" as written by Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse

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  • +4
    General CommentIt about her ex blake (the name she had tattoed on her chest) who when they met was with another girl, they toyed with each other for a while and when he left the other girl they hooked up and fell in love, she even says that she would have" died for him or died with him" but then when
    she "fucked up" they broke it off (and she still loved him) he went back to his ex-girlfriend and she went spiraling out of control and felt helplesss she's said in interviews that she still loves him and he had said that he still oved her also and thinks they will eventually end up together.

    But yeah, fucking exes blow.
    Eggos=yumon April 03, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti think this song is basically about a man's love for cocaine ('her')
    and her love for heroin ('black', as in black tar).

    "And I tread a troubled track, my arms are stacked
    I go back to black"

    i'm not sure what to make of this, but i think it's significant.
    her arms stacked...does this mean shooting up? stacked with
    tattoos to cover her track marks...? (has anyone noticed
    that when miss winehouse looked more healthy & voluptuous she had
    very few tattoos, and now that she looks so unhealthy and skinny
    she almost has full sleeves?)

    "you go back to her and i go back to black"
    her = cocaine, as already described

    so...not sure if this means the two drugs drove them apart, if
    his drug use brought her to her own demise with heroin, or what
    just my thoughts.
    o m f g its letion July 22, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSuch a sad sad loss.
    whatdanielledidon July 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's interesting how this song can go either way...you can see it from the POV of the girlfriend chastising her guy for going back to an ex or an affair...or you can see from the POV of the mistress chastising the guy for going back to his girlfriend/wife
    Nini927on March 22, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy take on this is:

    In the first verse it is a man leaving her for another woman and not a coke habbit, now what i cant decide is whether "Black" represents a state of depression or whether "Black" represents Heroin, I always thought the line "I tread a troubled track, My odds are stacked" said "I tread a troubled track, My arms are stacked" i.e. injected/stacked full of Heroin.

    I think that later on when she says "I love you much, It's not enough, You love blow and I love puff" she means that they both love weed but thats not enough to keep them together.

    The line "And life is like a pipe, and I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside" i am certain she means that no matter how many times a penny were to roll up the wall of a pipe it will never escape and will always fall back to where it started off!

    When you watch the video it is of her burying her heart because at the end it actually says "RIP Amy Winehouse's heart" so either way she obviously felt/feels dead inside!
    jscurry1984on May 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a very emotional song especially for those who can relate. Very well written and I just love it! It's about falling in love with someone and being together and then them going back to their girlfriend and just leaving everything you've been through. It's a sad song about losing someone and going back to that dark place you were in before you got them. In my opinion it could be that person was pining for them for a while and was in a very bad place in her life, so now that they've left she goes back to that heartache she was in before. Wanting what she can't have. She thought she got it but then they left her for someone else.

    I might interpret this a little differently but that's ok.

    The chorus in my opinion is very interesting.

    "We only said goodbye with words
    I died a hundred times
    You go back to her
    And I go back to.....

    I go back to us"

    The line "We only said goodbye with WORDS" hmmm... they only said goodbye with words? so what I think is they broke it off verbally, but physically they were still together. "I died a hundred times" that's pretty obvious. It was painful, very very painful for her to stop their relationship because she loved him. So he goes back to her. her is probably someone he's been with before or they have feelings for each other. I think it hurts her how easy it is for him to just walk away from what they had, especially when he had told her how much he loved her before, and now he's jumping at his opportunity to get back with this girl he obviously loves - more than her. "You went back to what you knew
    So far removed from all that we went through."

    Ok so the last line of this chorus "and I go back to us" OK so he goes back to her. and she goes back to "us"? basically this shows that she feels used. He goes back to his girl and she goes back to him, because she loves him and he knows he's playing her (or not able to commit or whatever) but she's so in love she' letting him have his girl and her at the same time. BACK TO BLACK. black is the emotional state she's in.
    That's what I gather anyway. well i can relate to it better like that way anyway, so whatever works. :) love this song yeah :)
    rainbow777on November 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much. It's my favourite one off the new album besides Rehab. It's such an emotional song, too.
    HotGossipon November 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazingly well written
    mohawk1guyon March 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthese are not the right lyrics. the lyrics are as follows ---

    He left no time to regret - Kept his dick wet - With his same old safe bet
    Me & my head high - & my tears dry - Get on without my guy
    I tread a troubled track - My odds are stacked
    I go Back To Black

    We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times
    You go back to her and I go back to..

    Us - I love you much - It's not enough - You love blow & I love puff
    & life - Is like a pipe - & i'm a tiny penny rollin' up the walls inside

    We only said goodbye with words
    I died a hundred times
    You go back to her
    & I go back to

    etc etc...the rest is right. love this song.
    loreleileeon March 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone have any ideas on what she means when she says "Life is like a pipe and I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside" ?
    mandy32on April 09, 2007   Link

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