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Song Released: 2007

Covered By: Glee Cast

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He left no time to regret
Kept his dick wet
With his same old safe bet
Me and my head high
And my tears dry
Get on without my guy
You went back to what you knew
So far removed from all that we went through
And I tread a troubled...


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    Apr 19th, 2013 4:27pm report

    He left no time to regret
    Kept his dick wet
    With his same old safe bet
    Me and my head high
    And my tears dry
    Get on without my guy
    You went back to what you knew
    So far removed from all that we went through
    And I tread a troubled track
    My odds are stacked
    I'll go back to black

    He left no time to regret simply means that the ex male lover has left no time for himself to feel bad about leaving the relationship. Instead, he returns quickly to a former lover. Hence the writer says, "kept his dick wet" moving from one woman to another woman/one sex partner to another.
    The relationship he returns to is apparently a less dangerous one, hence the writer states, “Kept his dick wet with his same old safe bet...”
    She proceeds to talk about herself as one who is not fazed by his leaving. She portrayed herself as confident in the fourth and six line when she said, “Me and my head high, and my tears dry, get on without my guy." However, it becomes clear in the last and penultimate lines of the first verse that that she is altogether disturbed that he left, “My odds are stacked
    I'll go back to black” . The shade black represents sadness/gloom. Thus Amy is confessing that prior to their relationship , she was sad and now that he has left she is sad once more.


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    Mar 22nd, 2018 3:44pm report

    If you google drug translations, pipe could be a vein, penny rolling up it, substance going up it,black = marijuana/opium/methamphetamine,blow=cocaine/to inhale cocaine/to smoke marijuana/to inject heroine,her= heroine,a puffer= crack smoker, devils dick= crack pipe.
    A former drug taker told me that it was all about drugs and how she used drugs by a generally smoking and inhaling, and the chap she's singing to injected it a lot.


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    Sep 23rd, 2017 9:11pm report

    Black could mean passed out. I find other peoples interpretations to be possible and interesting, perhaps I'm wrong in my assumption. Anyway it saddens me over her death.


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    Mar 11th, 2014 3:45pm report

    The entire album "Back to Black" is kind of a story, and taking that story into account, Back to Black is a pretty simple song. She fell hard for a man (Blake Fielder Civil) under bad circumstances (Tears Dry suggests she was the other woman from the start) and the love was a powerful mutual thing. Him going back to his girlfriend and ending the his illicit affair with Amy will send her back to a dark place.


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    Jun 7th, 2013 6:57am report

    Its about her dying her hair black again. Does everyone forget that she did dyed her hair blond? It did happen. Lol. But i can totally get what everyone thinks. I think that the song is purposely misleading though. I could be wrong though. But there is factual information that could support my theory.

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    Oct 5th, 2012 10:25pm report

    The song is about a boyfriend/lover who is going back on heroin (blow). When he goes back to "her" she goes back to black (black tar).


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    Jul 21st, 2012 7:31pm report

    This is about her leech of a boyfriend who went back to his ex and got her pregnant while he was in jail because Amy, going through her own troubles stopped coming to see him in jail. He, the little sissy bitch that he is got pissed off thinking only about himself and not what Amy was going through with him in jail. She loved him for real to the end, and ended it because of not being with the one she loved. She didn't go back to drugs, she went back to drinking, and that is what she died from.


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    Jun 3rd, 2012 6:53pm report

    Maybe it's just me but seriously, if u watch the music video it is a funeral so the "back to black" line means, perhaps going back to wearing black clothes for mourning a death, although no one has died its like her lover is dead to her noe that hes gone back to his old girlfriend. "back to" suggests that he's done it before but shes forgiven him. That was my interpretation that seemed obvious when I listened to it but the other ones are probably more accurate.


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    Feb 20th, 2012 2:52pm report

    He left her for his ex. He went back to her and she is left alone. The black is the dark, the silence, loneliness, trapped. So she was good with him that kept her alive. Now he left and now she's back to her addiction, the dark side, where she could express herself, back to her own spirit.


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    Jan 4th, 2012 1:10pm report

    Amy references being black or going black in more than one of her songs. Pretty sure it's a romantically lyrical way of saying blacking out or doing lots of drugs/booze.. The songs about her and her boyfriend being on drugs and basically how she's a standby woman to him. If you take the lyrics from rehab it makes way more sense "yes I've been black but when I come back you'll know."


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    Jan 3rd, 2012 1:57pm report

    I think that the whole song is going back to the "dark times".
    When something bad happens, a tragedy of sort, people accept it differently.
    I honestly don't know and I suspect no one truly does what stands behind those lyrics.
    We can only interpret it the way we see it and base our interpretation on generating possibilies about which part of her life it's about.


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    Oct 25th, 2011 10:12pm report

    I think it is about a lover leaving her, and more or less being so broken-hearted she can't love anymore. If you watch the video, it is a funeral, and at the end it says "RIP The Heart of Amy Winhouse"


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    Aug 2nd, 2011 8:43pm report

    Having been in an affair with a married person here's how i interpret these lyrics. Her lover has returned to an old flame or his wife, someone he is comfortable with but who doesn't provide the fireworks he has/had with the singer. More likely his wife since each time he goes back to her the singer "dies." Only said goodbye in words means the singer has not left him in her heart yet. Each time he goes back to the other, the singer goes back to being alone and having a hard time with that. She's traveling a lonely path full of dark feelings. Twenty years after my affair, these lyrics resonate like it all happened yesterday. Amy, you were an amazing singer and songwriter.


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    Jul 30th, 2011 7:52pm report

    "Back to Black" is similar to the saying in films, "Fade to Black", or the end. Saying, "I died 100 times" is that slow/constant re-living of the ups/downs of the relationship ending up in the same spot. The pipe metaphor is she wanting to curl up in a dark place and burn up, her preferred choice of self destruction. The "goodbye with words" shows the breakup without emotion leaving everything unsettled. He gets over her with the "safe bet" and she fades to black.


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    Jul 28th, 2011 7:16pm report

    my interpretation after just listening to it properly and the lyrics is that there is no other woman, I suspect, and I am probably wrong, that she is talking about drugs? Going back to her? Just because it sounds like a woman could it not be something other, also after all we have been through? Trying not to interpret all her lyrics in relation to drugs but view must have impacted on her lyrics


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    Jul 28th, 2011 7:59am report

    After you post here..there is redirecting link "Back to Amy Whinehouse>"
    We all will be back to black one day...

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