Big black nothing
Fooling everyone
Big black nothing
Put a halo around what you've done
Because a big black nothing
Is coming up

Would you be my
Would you still be my friend
If I told you
It's all just pretend
Because a big black nothing
Is not the end

Sing me something
Something I can feel
Sing it louder
The whole world has to hear
Because a big black nothing
Was made to appeal

Lock the doors
Hide the keys
Flipping channels
Through the streets
All this news
Just makes me scared of you

Board up the windows
Unplug the phone
Make it look like nobody's home
I am very scared
But so prepared for the worst
Big black nothing
Fooling everyone
Big black nothing
Put a halo around what you've done
Because a big black nothing
Is coming up


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  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about radical religious people. The big black nothing is religion.
    "big black nothing, foolin' everyone. Big black nothing, put a halo around what you've done" - is saying that people are fooling themselves into thinking the radical and bad things they do are in the name of religion.
    The part about still being friends is the singer asking if the religious people would still talk to him if they knew he thought everything was just pretend and all fake. And the 'apocalypse' isn't really the end.
    "... was made to appeal." - religion was just made to appeal to people and make them have something to believe in, but it's not real.
    He is saying how scared he is of the people for believing in all of this: what would they do to prove their religion is the right one? So, he is hiding from it because he doesn't want to be sucked in.
    alisonshineon April 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love when nik freitas starts singing "sing me somthing" and the background vocals fills in "big black nothing" in between each word.

    : )
    chitareleon June 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis track wasn't written by Conor, as the disclaimer at the bottom suggests. I understand it being on Conor's page, being Mystic Valley Band, but it's Nik Freitas singing and Nik Freitas is the one who wrote it.
    prettybirdon June 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis part:
    "board up the windows
    unplug the phone
    make it look like nobodies home
    I am very scared
    but so prepared for the worst"

    its very strange that i just heard this song today as last night i had a dream that i lived in a country
    where my family was not allowed anymore, but my baby sister died (i dont have a baby sister in real life)
    so we went back to our old house secretly because we figured she deserved to be buried in our city
    but was had to board the basement windows and keep the blinds shut and the lights off, so that no one
    would know we were there. and we were very scared of the guards finding us.

    but i love this song i have a feeling its kind of referring to death?? maybe.
    entiretyon April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive never listened to Conor Oberst before, and started with the album Outer South. And it was this track that hooked me in, just something about it - its fun to listen to. :)
    deadevil13on August 18, 2010   Link

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