Soul Asylum lead singer Dave Pirner wrote this war-themed song. "Black Gold" is oil, and the song deals with the first Gulf War, with the "Two boys on a playground" being metaphors for USA and Iraq. Midway through the song there are some sounds of sirens, screams and what appears to be a news report.
When we spoke with Pirner in 2013
, he explained: "Here's a song that I wrote 20 years ago that was begging people to grow up, and I guess it doesn't happen. People just try to stay the way they are, and that's unfortunate. To that effect, I just keep on singing the song. The song does not present an answer, but I think that it's something that people need to be reminded of."