"Bull Black Nova" as written by and Jeff Tweedy....
It's in my hair, it's on my clothes
It's in the river, over the road
It's shining down, my angry star
Hanging off the hood of my car
Not going far, not going far

It's coming down, they're coming up the shoulders
What have they found? I wonder if they'd know
I'm in a bull black Chevy Nova, silhouetted by the setting sun
This can't be undone, this can't be undone

If I am the one, blood on the sofa
Blood in the sink, blood in the trunk
High at the wheel of a bull black Nova
And I'm sorry as a setting sun
This can't be undone, can't be outrun

It's in my hair, there's blood in the sink
I can't calm down, I can't think
I keep calling, there's blood in the trunk
I can't calm down, I freak out, black out


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"Bull Black Nova" as written by Jeffrey Scott Tweedy Glenn Kotche

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm so glad Wilco has done a song like this. As much as I loved Sky Blue Sky, there wasn't a ton of tension on that album. It was a pretty uplifting record, song-to-song. I love the uncomfortable intensity of this song. About a guy who is totally at the end of the line, realizes that the blood he's spilled is about to catch up to him in the worst way possible. He's lost control and has no hope of regaining it. The music and Jeff's vocal delivery combine perfectly to make the tension almost unbearable, even to the listener. I mean, *I* feel nervous just listening to this.

    The tense feel of this song reminds me of the songs "A Mind Of Her Own" and "Never Leave A Job Half Done" by Pedro the Lion, a pair of songs in which the protagonist of the album's story kills his wife (the former) and then tries to "hide the evidence" (the latter). The difference is that character holds a "ends justifies the means" mentality, where the character in "Bull Black Nova" is obviously feeling convicted about what he's done.

    The more I listen to this song, the more I love it.
    NorthWriteron May 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is an awesome song and the transition from this to the next two songs - You and I and You Never Know reveals Wilco's amazing range. I *think* that in the second to last verse the second "This can't be undone" is changed slightly to "This can't be outrun".
    vslackson May 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTweedy's commented that this is written from the point of view of a man who's just killed his girlfriend. Take from that what you will.
    prayingmantis84on May 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song.. not 100% about my interpretation.. only been able to give it a couple of listens

    I LOVE WILCO! (the Album)
    jj_jac555on May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningHit and run. The beat of the song "feels" like the uncontrollable heartbeat of guilt... "this can't be undone". Great song.
    kreplechon May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis will end up being Wilco's all time best song. How can you not be freaked out at the end of this thing? The music and Jeff are absolutely unbelievable here. I've never heard anything like it. I got chills the first time. It's like when you wake up from a nightmare, you just sit there and say "WOW!".
    PrenticeGTon May 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimilar subject matter as "Via Chicago".... right now this is the most interesting song, on a great album, I have not been so excited about a new record since "In Rainbows" ..... is it just me or did Jeff do Wilco(the song) on Cobert Report back in the fall?
    Radiohead1969on June 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song's got some goddamn funk
    stengalion June 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song live at the Wiltern last week and it was incredible. The rhythm was just pounding like a loud, menacing muscle car gunning its engine down the highway. Probably some of the least cryptic Wilco lyrics out there--a man kills his girlfriend, goes on the lam, and starts to crack from the guilt.
    duffrecordson June 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentayup, killed her, metaphorically though, as in sabotage, pesky destructive old habits, that threaten to destroy him too,
    been there, both sides

    makes me think of down by the river,

    JT is a great songwriter, great voice, and has got himself a great band too
    riteron July 02, 2009   Link

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