Pearl Jam est un groupe de rock alternatif qui s’est formé à Seattle, Washington, en 1990 avec Eddie Vedder (voix), Stone Gossard (guitare), Jeff Ament (basse), et Mike McCready (guitare).
J’aime beaucoup cette version de Black en acoustique, issue d’un concert sur MTV Unplugged en 1992 :
Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Were laid spread out before me as her body once did.
All five horizons revolved around her soul as the earth to the sun
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn
Ooh, and all I taught her was everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all that she wore
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds of what was everything.
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything…
I take a walk outside, I’m surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear?
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head, I’m spinning, oh,
I’m spinning, how quick the sun can drop away
And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass of what was everything
All the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything…
All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I’ll be… yeah…
Uh huh… uh huh… ooh…
I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life,
I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky,
But why, why, why can’t it be, can’t it be mine?
Too doo doo too, too doo doo [many times until fade]
Présente sur le premier album (Ten), Black est le monologue d’un homme au coeur brisé qui se souvient de sa dulcinée absente.