Pearl Jam - Black - Meaning of the song
This song has been rumored to be about a girl who has an abortion without telling her boyfriend, but the lyrics suggest Vedder is talking about a girlfriend (or close companion), who either died or broke up with him.
Eddie Vedder explained in the Pearl Jam Twenty book that this song is about first relationships.
"The song is about letting go. "It's very rare for a relationship to withstand the Earth's gravitational pull and where it's going to take people and how they're going to grow. I've heard it said that you can't really have a true love unless it was a love unrequited. It's a harsh one, because then your truest one is the one you can't have forever."