Black Licorice
Grand Funk Railroad Lyrics


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Whooo ... wheee!

You there, comin' up the stair, the feelin' is ice-blue cold.
Shake, it's more than I can take, I'm startin' to lose control.
Watch out, what's that noise, there's somebody at the door.
It must be black licorice, she come back to make me cry some more.

Time, ain't on my side, I'm losin' it more each day.
Licorice, licorice.
She's got evil in her eyes, and catnip is her taste.
Licorice, licorice.
She wraps me up in her slender legs, her hot black skin to mine.
Licorice, licorice.
Ple ... ple ...please, don't touch me, oh, I know I'm dead this time.


Oh, oh, yeah ... licorice, yeah, black licorice.
Licorice, licorice.
Licorice, yeah, black licorice.
Licorice, licorice.
Licorice, black licorice.
Licorice, licorice.
Licorice, yeah, black licorice.


Licorice.
Licorice.
Licorice.
Licorice.


Licorice, yeah, black licorice.
Licorice, licorice.
Licorice, yeah, black licorice.
Licorice, licorice.
Licorice, licorice, black licorice.



Licorice, licorice.
Licorice, woah, black licorice.

Overall Meaning

The song "Black Licorice" by Grand Funk Railroad is a dark and enticing tune that tells the story of a man who is haunted by the memory of a woman named Black Licorice. The opening lines set the tone for the song as the singer experiences a sudden feeling of coldness around him, giving the impression that something sinister is about to happen. The lyrics convey a sense of fear and unease as the presence of Black Licorice looms over him and he struggles to maintain control.


The chorus focuses on the allure of Black Licorice, with the repetition of the phrase "Licorice, licorice" creating a hypnotic effect that draws the listener in. The singer is both drawn to and repulsed by Black Licorice, with her "evil eyes" and "hot black skin" proving irresistible yet threatening. The repeated pleas of "ple...ple...please, don't touch me" suggest a relationship that is full of passion but ultimately destructive.


Overall, "Black Licorice" is a haunting and atmospheric song that captures the fear and attraction that can come with a toxic relationship. The hypnotic melody and repetitive lyrics create a sense of unease that lingers long after the song has finished.


Line by Line Meaning

You there, comin' up the stair, the feelin' is ice-blue cold.
As someone ascends the stairs, the singer is overcome with a sense of cold dread.


Shake, it's more than I can take, I'm startin' to lose control.
The singer's fear is becoming overwhelming and he feels as though he's starting to lose his mind.


Watch out, what's that noise, there's somebody at the door.
A mysterious noise draws the singer's attention to the door.


It must be Black Licorice, she come back to make me cry some more.
The singer believes that the person at the door is Black Licorice, someone who has hurt him before and will do so again.


Time, ain't on my side, I'm losin' it more each day.
The singer feels like he is running out of time and that his sanity is slipping away with each passing day.


She's got evil in her eyes, and catnip is her taste.
Black Licorice is described as having an evil gaze and an appetite for catnip, a reference to her feline-like qualities and possibly a hint at her manipulative nature.


She wraps me up in her slender legs, her hot black skin to mine.
The singer is physically entangled with Black Licorice, suggesting that he is trapped in some way by this person.


Ple ... ple ...please, don't touch me, oh, I know I'm dead this time.
The singer is pleading with Black Licorice not to hurt him again, but he has resigned himself to the fact that he will not come out of this encounter unscathed.


Licorice.
The single repeated word is a reference to the personification of Black Licorice as a representation of deep darkness and danger.


Licorice, yeah, Black Licorice.
The two separate but repeated references to licorice and Black Licorice together serve to emphasize the looming danger and give a sense of urgency to the situation.


Licorice, licorice.
Again, this repetition serves to further emphasize the danger and dread associated with Black Licorice.


Licorice, licorice, Black Licorice.
The third and final repetition of the words 'licorice' and 'Black Licorice' cements the idea of this person as a dangerous and fearful presence in the singer's life.


Licorice, licorice. Licorice, woah, Black Licorice.
The song ends with a repetition of the previous lines, with the addition of the exclamation 'woah'. This final line further emphasizes the sense of danger and the singer's fear of this mysterious Black Licorice figure.




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Written by: MARK FARNER, DON BREWER

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Comments from YouTube:

J. Viso

One of the most underrated, under-appreciated, worst-critiqued great bands ever. Love 'em!

Dennis Holiday

@judith Clinton I seen them there to! But after the concert I went to The Cazy Sexy and you do not want to know the details.

catherine thompson

@David Adam i thought THEY opened for zeppelin? peter grant pulled the PA?i get what the guy was trying to say.....calm down mate!

Haitian Soulja dex

Stfu already

Danny Burch

Couldn't have said it any better Brother!

judith Clinton

Seen them live in Germany 1973 or74 festhalle Frankfurt

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Ed

Two kick ass K-Mart speakers in the back of a 1963 Dodge Dart with this song playing on the 8 track with volume up to bleed level. That’s how I rolled back then, and that’s why I can’t hear shit today. LOL.

Videlle

But it was sure worth it

Dwayne Tempest

Lol,I had the same 6x9 triaxal speakers called mind blowers they came with a rocker switch you mounted on dash and was a built in power booster and they sounded amazing .townies used to pull me over and tell me they were getting complaints on broad Street .

Sean Stone

This bass line is fucking crazy

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