Black
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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Tried to maintain
All that you can
When the story that ends
Is not so clear
Tried to replay
All that was good
When the lullaby
Ends in darkness
Black, black...to see you now, to see you now
Black, black...to see you now
Time for drifting
Ropes turn to sand
You'll be borne on the winds
Off the sea
On your own now
Our time is through
Let the promises be broken
Black, black...to see you now, to see you now




Black, black...to see you now
Just let it slip away

Overall Meaning

In Trey Anastasio's song "Black", the lyrics are trying to convey a sense of loss and sadness. The first verse highlights the difficulty of maintaining something that is important to oneself, especially when the end is uncertain. The second verse talks about trying to remember only the good aspects of a situation, even if the outcome was unfortunate. In the chorus, the repetition of "Black, black...to see you now" seems to express a sense of mourning or sorrow, as if the singer is looking back on a past memory or relationship that is now gone.


The third verse suggests a feeling of letting go or surrendering to the uncertain future. The image of "ropes turn to sand" evokes a sense of instability or instability, where one feels like they are at the mercy of outside forces. The final verse suggests that it is time to move on, even if it means breaking the promises that were made. The closing line "Just let it slip away" seems to reinforce the idea of acceptance and letting go.


Overall, "Black" seems to be a song about loss and acceptance. The lyrics express a sense of sorrow and resignation, but also suggest the possibility of moving on and finding a new beginning.


Line by Line Meaning

Tried to maintain
I attempted to keep everything together


All that you can
As much as humanly possible


When the story that ends
When the story draws to a close


Is not so clear
But is somewhat foggy


Tried to replay
I attempted to relive


All that was good
Everything that was good


When the lullaby
When the soothing sounds of the song


Ends in darkness
Are replaced by darkness


Black, black...to see you now, to see you now
To encounter you now, in this dark moment


Black, black...to see you now
To encounter you now


Time for drifting
It's time to float away


Ropes turn to sand
Any remaining connections are slipping away


You'll be borne on the winds
You will be carried away by the winds


Off the sea
Away from the water


On your own now
You are now on your own


Our time is through
Our time has come to an end


Let the promises be broken
It's time to break the promises


Black, black...to see you now, to see you now
To encounter you now, in this dark moment


Black, black...to see you now
To encounter you now


Just let it slip away
Just let it go




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