Pearl Jam - Black

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General info

  • Key: E
  • Scale: Major pentatonic
  • Time signature: 4/4 [1]
  • Beat: 76 bpm → 19 bars/minute
  • #bars: 81 [2]; 86 [3]; 102 [4] - including outtro. Standard recording is 5:42 → 108,3 bars
  • Syncoped, with bars as here
  • The song is played using two guitars: One rhythm guitar (playing chords mostly) and a lead guitar (playing pentatonic fills).

Variant Nigel - E - No capo

E-majeur: A-vorm met barré op 7
A-majeur: E-vorm en twee extra open snaren

De akkoorden zijn hetzelfde, maar de manier van spelen is anders.

Intro

{E A, Asus4} x8
  • E: A-vorm met barré op 7 (zie diagram)
  • A: Open F-vorm (zie diagram)


Verse 1 - 0:24

E               A, Asus4          E              A, Asus4
Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
     E                 A, Asus4       E
Were laid spread out before me as her body once did

E           A, Asus4                  E           A, Asus4
All five horizons revolved around her soul as the earth to the sun
E             A, Asus4                        E
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn.

Pre-chorus 1 - 1:11

C                                    Em
Hmmmm, and all I taught her was everything
C                                  Em
Hmmmm, I know she gave me all that she wore.

Chorus 1 - 1:35

           D
And now my bitter hands,
      C
Chafe beneath clouds
            Em
Of what was everything.

        D
Oh, the pictures
              C
have all been washed in black
               Em
tattooed everything.

Verse 2 - 1:55

E        A, Asus4             E              A, Asus4
I take a walk outside I'm surrounded by some kids at play
E                A, Asus5              E
I can feel their laughter so, why do I sear.

Pre-chorus 2 - 2:20

C                                               Em
Hmmmm, and twisted thoughts that spin around my head, I'm spinning, oh
    C                                     Em
I'm spinning, How quick the sun can drop away

Chorus 2 - 2:43

           D
And now my bitter hands
       C
cradle broken glass
                Em
of what was everything
        D
all the pictures have
         C
all been washed in black
             Em
tattooed everything
        D
all the love gone bad
          C
turned my world to black
                 D 
and tattooed all I see,
         C
all that I am,
         Em
all I'll be.

Break - 3:21

D C     Em      D       C
  Yeah  Uh huh  Uh huh
  Em
I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
  D                          C
I know you'll be a star in somebody elses sky
    Em        D            C
But why, why, why can't it be,
C                 Em
Why can't it be mine
D C

Outtro - 3:21

Em D C (herhalen)

No capo - Easy

Intro

{E A Asus4} x8

Verse 1 - 0:24

E               A, Asus4          E              A, Asus4
Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
     E                 A, Asus4       E
Were laid spread out before me as her body once did

E           A, Asus4                  E           A, Asus4
All five horizons revolved around her soul as the earth to the sun
E             A, Asus4                        E
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn.

Pre-chorus 1 - 1:11

C                                    Em
Hmmmm, and all I taught her was everything
C                                  Em
Hmmmm, I know she gave me all that she wore.

Chorus 1 - 1:35

           D
And now my bitter hands,
      C
Chafe beneath clouds
            Em
Of what was everything.

        D
Oh, the pictures
              C
have all been washed in black
               Em
tattooed everything.

Verse 2 - 1:55

E        A, Asus4             E              A, Asus4
I take a walk outside I'm surrounded by some kids at play
E                A, Asus5              E
I can feel their laughter so, why do I sear.

Pre-chorus 2 - 2:20

C                                               Em
Hmmmm, and twisted thoughts that spin around my head, I'm spinning, oh
    C                                     Em
I'm spinning, How quick the sun can drop away

Chorus 2 - 2:43

           D
And now my bitter hands
       C
cradle broken glass
                Em
of what was everything
        D
all the pictures have
         C
all been washed in black
             Em
tattooed everything
        D
all the love gone bad
          C
turned my world to black
                 D 
and tattooed all I see,
         C
all that I am,
         Em
all I'll be.

Break - 3:21

D C     Em      D       C
  Yeah  Uh huh  Uh huh
  Em
I know someday you'll have a beautiful life,
  D                          C
I know you'll be a star in somebody elses sky
    Em        D            C
But why, why, why can't it be,
C                 Em
Why can't it be mine
D C

Outtro - 3:21

Em D C (herhalen)
Asus4.gif

No capo - More accurate

E-chord

You can hear that the basic e-chord in the song, includes a higher tone that what can be produced by the 'ordinary E' (= E-shape). It's obviously the A-shape with a bar on 7

Esus2-chord

  • This too, is an A-shape with a bar on 7.
  • Note that in the easy transcription above, the verse sequence is E, A, Asus4. That's probably not accurate, as we now come up with E, Esus2

A-chord

  • F-shape with bar on 5
Gitaar: E-akkoord: A-vorm met barré op 7
Gitaar: Esus2-akkoord: A-vorm met barré op 7
Guitar: A9 (2): E-vorm met barré op 5

Notes

  • The chords are roughly the same as in the easier version mentioned before, but they are played differently, plus some bells & whistels

Sources

Performances