Obviously, last night’s Breaking Bad season finale was incredible. Without spilling any details, I wanted to talk about the song they closed the show out with. In the closing scene, which lead to the devastating shot of the Lily of the Valley flower, they played “Black” by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi which features Norah Jones. Not only was it a great song and that fit perfectly with the scene, but upon closer inspection the songs lyrics reveal just how perfect the song was. Many of the lyrics apply to the overall arc of the show. Song below along with lyrics and my notes in bold.
We touched the walls of the city streets and Dead ends plain, sadly showed us our ways Of never asking why
Cast down it was heaven sent and To the church, no intent to repent on my knees Just to cry (Despite doing so much wrong, Walt shows almost no remorse at all)
Until you travel to that place you can’t come back Where the last painting’s gone and all that’s left is black (Obviously, Walter has gone off the deep end and there’s no turning back)
Grey nights he’s coming to me and Some day they’ll punish my deeds and they’ll find All the crimes (Walt has yet to be suspected, much less convicted, of any sort of crime despite his long list of crimes)
But then they ask when they gonna see them Then they gonna ask to feel the ghosts, the walls, the dreams Well I’ve got mine
At last those coming came and they never looked back With blinding stars in their eyes but all they saw was black
Fooled them hoping to seem (Walt has everybody fooled as he continues to seem like a good person) Like a slave of evil but the product of greed and (At this point, greed and power have consumed Walt) It’s not a mass so be honest with me (Walt’s endless deceit) We can’t afford to ignore that I’m the disease (A reference to Walt’s cancer, which is what got the ball rolling on all of this in the first place)
Practical since we had to be and When they were old they came back to me and they tried Oh they tried (Despite Skylar’s attempts, Walt is intent on taking a criminal path)
And when you follow through and wind up on your back Looking up at those stars in the sky, (Walt spent much of the season on his back after being knocked down by Gus, Mike, and even Jesse. Plus, remember the shot of him laughing hysterically underneath the house?)
Those white clouds have turned it black (Walter White)
One of the best, and one of the most powerful songs of all time. Holiday used to close all her shows with this, and as she would, the lights would be turned off, waiters would stop serving, and everything was still.