Black Balloon (The Kills song)

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"Black Balloon"
The Kills - Black Balloon.jpg
Single by The Kills
from the album Midnight Boom
B-side "Weedkiller", "Forty Four"
Released March 22, 2009
Format 10", digital download
Genre Garage Rock
Length 3:50
Label Domino
Songwriter(s) The Kills
The Kills singles chronology
"Tape Song"
"Black Balloon"
"Willow Weep for Me"
"Tape Song"
"Black Balloon"
"Willow Weep for Me"

"Black Balloon" is the fifth and final single by indie rock duo The Kills from their third studio album, Midnight Boom (2008). It was released on March 22, 2009 through the independent label Domino.[1] The single features two acoustic B-sides, "Weedkiller", and a cover of the blues standard "Forty Four", originally written by Roosevelt Sykes.[2]

"Black Balloon" is a "relatively docile" song, using the black balloon as a metaphor to "signify loss and the need to move on." A music video for the song was directed by Kenneth Capello.[2] In February 2011, "Black Balloon" was featured in an episode of the American TV series, The Good Wife.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Black Balloon" 3:50
2. "Weedkiller" 2:38
3. "Forty Four" 3:16


Chart (2011) Peak
France (SNEP)[4] 74


  1. ^ "Black Balloon - EP by The Kills". iTunes (GB). Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Spargo, Robbie (March 25, 2009). "The Kills' new single – Black Balloon". Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ ""The Good Wife" Net Worth (TV Episode 2011) - Soundtracks". IMDb. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ " – The Kills – Black Balloon" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 1, 2014.