And I tread my troubled track
My odds are stacked
I'll go back to black

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black lyrics meaning


“Troubled track” has a double meaning. Initially it seems she is referring to her chosen path or walk of life, but there is a veiled message of heroin use: addicts and professionals refer to the marks left by injections as “tracks”.

In “Back to Black” Winehouse correctly prophesises she’ll return to drugs following her breakup. Her addiction saw her re-enter to the Priory Clinic several times until she reportedly quit drugs in 2008. Instead she found comfort in binge drinking, leading to her death by alcohol poisoning on July 23rd 2011. In a sad twist of fate, her odds really were “stacked”.

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