It’s too pretentious and utter pathos to claim this, but there ARE songs so powerful that can make you feel both sad and full of hope, and so alive.
Pearl Jam is one of my favourite bands. I don’t really believe music has the power to change the world or save it, but on the individual level, it helps.
This is a type of song I usually dislike. I’m all for slow songs, but I loved Pearl Jam’s angry, wild style. And this one is sure different. But the way he sings it… It’s impossible not to lose yourself in it.
Like I said, I need to relax. It’s one of those moments when you want to get drunk and forget, but there’s no booze. So I have to go with music.
Pearl Jam “Black”
This is one of the best live versions (though many prefer the Unplugged one). This was performed back in 1992, at the Pinkpop festival. He cries at one point, and adds “we belong together” line. His voice is powerful, but breaks a few times, which only adds to the overall impression. Such a powerful song.
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 will 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
Is there a song that makes you feel this way?