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Song Released: 2015

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Black Sun Lyrics

There is whiskey in the water
And there is death upon the vine
There is fear in the eyes of your father
And there is "Yours" and there is "Mine"
There is a desert veiled in pavement
And there's a city of seven hills
And all our debris flows...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 27th 2021 report

    At a recent concert where he performed this, he dedicated it "This next song is for anybody who has ever gone through a divorce".

  2. folboteur
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    Jul 18th 2021 report

    As with the rest of DC4C's album "Kintsugi," Black Sun is an autobiographical emotional purge by Ben Gibbard, over his divorce from Actress Zooey Deschanel.

    The first verse sets the scene. A group has gathered, high above Los Angeles (the city of seven hills;No doubt at the very home acquired in "Eldorado") to divide assets in a contentious divorce. There is drinking (whiskey in the water) and death of a promising plant, the marriage (and death upon the vine)

    The characters are sorting through the wreckage of their marriage(what is yours and what is mine), deciding what to keep or throw into the dumpster in the driveway. Zooey's dad is there (there is fear in the eyes of your father).

    But as exquisitely dark as it all seems, Ben expresses hope that their lives will intertwine again, when their "debris meets in the ocean."

    Then the second verse: A pained expression of the swirling mess of conflicting pain, and hope, and the incomprehensibility of what is happening. This perfect marriage is dead.

    The second half of the verse laments what could have been; the dreams of a marriage die as surely as the actualities: For the actress, the role of a lifetime; for the singer, songs yet left unsung.

    "Black Sun" is one of many perfect introspections on this relationship, found on "Kintsugi."

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2019 report


  4. anonymous
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    May 1st 2017 report

    The lyrics and video said it all.

    What's going on? Lots of dating advertisements!
    If I'm a guy, I'm not going to use these dating sites.

    Anyway, not interested in dating. Only reading the comments and commenting.

    If this will go on, I'm through with this site.


  5. anonymous
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    May 1st 2017 report

    My guess It's about the sadness within everyone that, if left unchecked, will drag those we care about down with us. Could be about a lot of different things with those vague, but GREAT lyrics.

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