"Black" as written by and Daniele Luppi Brian Joseph Burton....
We touched the walls of the city streets and
Dead ends plain, sadly showed us our ways
Of never asking why

Cast down it was heaven sent and
To the church, no intent to repent on my knees
Just to cry

Until you travel to that place you can't come back
Where the last painting's gone and all that's left is black

Grey nights he's coming to me and
Some day they'll punish my deeds and they'll find
All the crimes

But then they ask when they gonna see them
Then they gonna ask to feel the ghosts, the walls, the dreams
We'll I've got mine

At last those coming came and they never looked back
With blinding stars in their eyes but all they saw was black

Fooled them hoping to seem
Like a slave of evil but the product of greed and
It's not a mass so be honest with me
We can't afford to ignore that I'm the disease

Practical since we had to be and
When they were old they came back to me and they tried
Oh they tried

And when you follow through and wind up on your back
Looking up at those stars in the sky those white clouds have turned it black

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"Black" as written by Daniele Luppi Brian Joseph Burton


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    Song MeaningHeard this tonight on the season finale of Breaking Bad. Beautiful song.

    For me this song is about how we screw up our lives and don't live up to our best because of our circumstances. The writer is thinking about dying and is reflecting on their life: "Until you travel to that place you can't come back" When you face death, all the lies you told about about yourself become irrelevant and you realize what you really are and what your legacy has been.

    "Some day they'll punish my deeds and they'll find all the crimes" where 'they' is God. We desperately try and explain to him that there's way more to our lives than the bits we screwed up and we had dreams that we wanted to fulfill but found it so hard.

    "Then they gonna ask to feel the ghosts, the walls, the dreams we'll I've got mine"

    And even at the end, when you finally manage to make some progress it almost kills you "And when you follow through and wind up on your back" and then you die regardless.
    driftfarawayon October 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcant believe nobodys commented on this. by far my favorite song on the album!
    BitterBuffalo3on August 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me the song is about when you are at the end of your life and entering the "afterlife" (whatever you would have it be). Whatever bad things or crimes that you did during your mortal life can not be hidden, no lies can cover them up, and you will be judged by whatever god you pray to and have to face the consequences.

    The perspective of the singer is they are being judged. They know there is no way they are going to pass judgement and know they have no hope of any shot of heaven because of how they lived their life.

    Just my opinion
    DanShoeon July 09, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThis part is interesting "Until you travel to that place you can't come back". It could refer to Judgement after death but I feel like it's more referring to life experiences. I think most people have places in their life they can't go back to. The song refers to crimes, so this could relate to dark life experiences such as going to jail, but I think ended relationships fit too. Like if someone you loved lied to screw you in a divorce "and they tried", then there's nothing left but black.

    Going back to the criminal undertones, it was a perfect fit when they played this in the ending episode of season four Breaking Bad. The complete moral fall of the character Walter White and his rise from the ashes becoming becoming the danger, it was underscored by this song perfectly. It's an amazing song!
    steamcannonon August 14, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI am afraid the people saying is just about individual's life or love story are thinking way too small.

    The lyrics are actually an allegory of the travail of entire Roman and then Byzantine empire — the conversion to Christianity, the abandoning of Rome for Byzantium. The knowledge and voices which, weighed down too much by history and corruption finally succumbing to black. If you have not traveled their path you will never know what it is to go so far you can never go back.
    ayebrobrololon September 03, 2018   Link

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