"Black Balloon" as written by and John Rzeznik....
Baby's black balloon makes her fly
I almost fell into that hole in your life
And you're not thinking about tomorrow
'Cause you were the same as me
But on your knees

A thousand other boys could never reach you
How could I have been the one
I saw the world spin beneath you
And scatter like ice from the spoon
That was your womb

Comin' down the world turned over
And angels fall without you there
And I go on as you get colder
Or are you someone's prayer

You know the lies that they always told you
And the love you never knew
What's the things they never showed you
That swallowed the light from the sun
Inside your room

Comin' down the world turned over
And angels fall without you there
And I go on as you get colder
Or are you someone's prayer

And there's no time left for losin'
When you stand they fall
Comin' down the world turned over
And angels fall without you there
And I go on as you grow colder
All because I'm
Comin' down the years turn over
And angels fall without you there
And I'll go on to bring you home
All because I'm
All because I'm
And I'll become
What you became to me


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"Black Balloon" as written by John T Rzeznik

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  • +9
    General CommentThis song IS about drugs. Heroin addicts wrap a black balloon around their arms in order to inject the drug into their veins. Maybe the guy in the song almost gets caught up in the drug use, or just allows himself to be enveloped in the girl's problems ("I almost fell into that hole in your life"). The boy wonders why he is the only person the girl trusts. He watches her life crumble before his eyes. The "ice from the spoon" refers to the drug that the girl heats on a spoon to prepare it for injection. "Comin' down the world turned over" refers to how she feels as her high wears away. He tries to save her by showing her the love she never felt and that she looks for in heroin. The drug is her "womb," or her shelter from the harsh realities of life. It was this that caused her death, despite the boy's attempts to save her. The lines "And I go on as you grow colder" and "Or are you someone's prayer?" reveals that heroin took her life. Though this is a sad demise, the song ends with hope. "And I'll become what you became to me" shows that the boy has learned what love is. The girl, with all her problems, enveloped the boy with her love and devotion, and this was important to him. He wants to be like that, minus the addiction. The girl taught him about love, an invaluable lesson, despite her untimely death.
    LittleBriddieon March 24, 2002   Link
  • +8
    Song MeaningTo everyone who is saying "how is this song about drugs..?" or denying the fact that it is, please read because this is my absolute favorite song and at first i was confused but when i started looking into it, really thinking about each line, and when i sort of knew somebody where this song can sort of relate to, everything started making sense to me. It is known to goo goo dolls fans that supposedly this song was written about Robby's(bass player/vocalist)ex-wife who died from heroin. Honestly this song is so beautiful. I'll break it down line by line for you.

    Baby's black balloon makes her fly
    --black balloon is a name for something that looks like a black balloon in which heroin comes in. "makes her fly" refers to her getting high


    I almost fell into that hole in your life
    --whoevers prospective the song is sung by maybe almost tried it


    And we're not thinking about tomorrow
    --the girl isn't thinking about how terrible heroin can effect her future and how much it really is hurting her


    Cause you were the same as me, but on your knees
    --she wasn't that different from him besides the fact she used heroin. she was still a perosn with interests and hobbies and what not,although she was "on her knees" as in she was suffering


    A thousand other boys could never reach you, how could I of been the one
    --He is so happy that she choose her because many couldn't get her


    I saw the world spin beneath you
    --He was there when everything went down, when her addiction started


    And scatter like ice from the spoon
    --This line means 2 things-its a description/visual of what happened with her life but also how they make heroin


    That was your womb
    --This can either be figurative or she was really having a baby but it died inside of her because of her addiction


    Coming down, the world turned over
    --This referring to when she would "come down from her high", she became a totally different person and it was all a bad experience.


    Angels fall without you there
    --This mean that she died unfortunately

    I go on as you get colder
    --Her life gets worse and he has to continue to live his life and move on even though it is hard as he watches her

    Or are you someones prayer?
    --This means is somebody out there praying for you to live or is it too late?


    You know the lies they always told you
    --This refers to the drug dealer telling her that heroin is good or it won't hurt her, while in reality those were all lies

    And the love you never knew
    --This refers to some many people who supported her during the dark stage of her life, but she didn't realize and didn't want to listen to their help because she thought she was fine

    Whats the things they never showed you
    --This also reffering to the lies and just everything about heroin and also what some family/friends never showed about their love for her and how much they cared, and with these things hidden, it could of been what killed her

    That swallow the light from the sun, inside your room
    --The addiction took out all of the good in her life, and made her go through a real dark period of her life. "Inside your room" is just stating it wasn't the world going through a dark starge but her in particular

    (chorus again)
    And there's no time left for losing
    --This is him telling the girl she has to stop using heroin before it is too late and she dies from it

    When you stand they fall
    --This is about how her actions are really hurting people

    chorus yet a little different;
    Coming down the years turned over
    --She died yet too early, you would think she would be much older but she was too young to die

    And angels fall without you there
    --Same meaning from before, referring to her dying

    I'll go on to bring you home
    --He wishes he could of done something else to help her, he wishes he could of brought her back to the old her that he fell in love with (pre-heroin)

    All because I'm..All because I'm
    --This line is the only one that confuses me, I guess its up for interpretation. I think of it as he is trying to say something, yet he can't quite figure out what he is trying to say because he is always going to be devastated by her loss. He can't finish his thought because its too hard to get out, that why he never completed the sentence.

    I'll become, what you became to me
    --he wants/wish he became the most important thing in her life, because she was the most important thing is his own life. I love this line, its really deep and perfect. It's so simple..yet means so much.

    I hope I explained it well. I love this song so much, its my favorite song ever so as crazy as it seems, I don't have it on my iPod. I have 30+ GGD songs that I love on it, but not the studio version of this(I have the live--I originally bought it because I thought I liked it better but now I realize the studio version is perfect once you know what the meaning is. The studio version really tugs at my heart) This song is way too good for it because I only listen to it every once in a while opposed to everyday like the other GGD songs, simply because I want to preserve it. But I'm not worried--a song this beautiful, the beauty isn't going away.
    ggdcovoxoxon January 26, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General Commentthe beauty of such songs are their openess to various interpretations
    angel 08on April 10, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love this song! I love all the Goo Goo Dolls Songs!
    alyndaon January 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about a woman who is on drugs and is dying during child birth....Well let me just go over it a little at a time....

    "Baby's black balloon makes her fly"
    (Do you know how if you morn someone you dress in black? and when a child is born people send like gifts and pretty balloons, well to her it was a black balloon she was dying from drugs and the balloon is for her baby)
    "I almost fell into that hole in your life"
    (the kid inside her almost got addicted to drugs also)
    "And you're not thinking about tomorrow"
    (basically what is says, just thinking of this moment)
    "Cause you were the same as me"
    (We are the same people meaning we are one)
    "But on your knees"
    (In child birth pain)

    A thousand other boys could never reach you
    (meaning like sperm trying to reach the egg they couldnt make it they died inside her most likely from the drugs)
    How could I have been the one
    (he is saying how could I have made it)
    I saw the world spin beneath you
    (Meaning when she is giving birth shes lying on her back and the baby is coming out "spin beneath you")
    And scatter like ice from the spoon
    (drugs like how H is cooked on a spoon)
    That was your womb
    (meaning the drug entering her womb not so much her womeb but going to the baby meaning maybe the baby has a chance of dying from the drug)

    Comin' down the world turned over
    (like the baby coming out of the womb when the woman is on her back)
    And angels fall without you there
    (She dies "Without you there" even angels would fall because of her death "angels fall"
    And I go on as you get colder
    (meaning the baby lives as she dies like as he goes on living she gets colder as in dying)
    Or are you someone's prayer?
    (meaning is someone praying for you to keep you alive)

    You know the lies they always told you
    And the love you never knew
    What's the things they never showed you
    That swallowed the light from the sun
    Inside your room
    ( I think this part describes what happen the day she got pregnant. like "the lies they always told you" meaning hey drugs won't hurt and if we have sex you won't get pregnant. She never knew love so she just trusted the man "and the love you never knew" nobody taught her anything about drugs or safe sex"Things they never showed you"....."That swallowed the light from the sun
    Inside your room"...I think that part means like they swallowed her innocence from her body "Light from sun"
    Now she is just a dark lonely person. Inside your room i think means were they had sex when she got pregnant.

    But that is just what I think....
    Thank you for listening
    (if your just going to say Oh SHUT UP!! that's not right please don't respond I took a lot of my time trying to figure this out...and yes I might be a loser for doing that....But this is just what I think.

    Thank you,
    Buddy
    Ikidomari1on May 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"And scatter like ice from the spoon"










    I think that line is purely GENIUS. Great wording, great vision, just great! :)
    racso_9on June 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, according to the band's frontman Johnny Rzeznik, is about a woman with a heroin addiction and how her lover is desperately trying to save her. He has also said that it is about "seeing someone you love that is so great just screw up so bad."

    some people think it is about a drug addict giving birth.(That was your womb) the baby lives but she die (And I go on as you get colder)
    heyilikethissongon April 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song IS about drugs for anyone who's trying to say otherwise. The writer of this song said he wrote it about i think either his wife or someone else in the band's wife who was on drugs. Super sad but gorgeous song.
    ktcfairon June 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk...the whole black balloon thing is very spot on..pjhuffman said it very well. Black balloons are used to deal heroin in and they can also be used as a tourniquet (although other things like straps are used but if you have the balloon use it).

    Now then...this song is clearly about heroin in many ways but can also be about a "black relationship".
    Drug: The ballon makes her "fly" or get "high". Between the "whole in your life' and "not thinking about tomorrow" it's clear this chick has a major crux with heroin.
    The 2nd verse goes deeper talking about how no one could reach such a messed up chick who's addicted. GGD described this addiction as the girl's womb where she could hide in it and look at and 'watch the world spin beneath you' when she is about to crash. "scatter like ice from the spoon" is a direct reference to heroin...cmon and it's her womb.
    The chorus is really brilliant. "world turned over" refers to how she crashed out of the womb when she O.D. and was upside literally. She died and angels couldn't even help her get into heaven. Christian beliefs use angels as messengers and guides to humans and the angels can't help when she dies or "isnt there"....aka SHE DIED. So she"get's colder" as a stiff and could be more than just utterly gone in every spiritual/physical way.

    Here's the connection to the other meaning. The line "someone's prayer" refers to the fact that she could be the help/reason for someone else. Whether she is dead it will mean that she finally got to rest in peace...a prayer to get off the addiction

    OR its a relationship and she it trying to stop and maybe someone else is waiting for her!
    Now I know this sounds out there but if you look back on the lyrics this addiction can be played off as a bad clingy relationship that consumed the girl. She was so hard to reach and now the singer realizes that. This reason could be because she is addicted to heroin so the double meaning could be tied into one another seamlessly. Her relationship with a man is like her relation with heroin and That prayer the people who care about here because they are they enable her "when you stand they fall". This connects EXTREMELY WELL TO THE LAST LINE where it says "I'll become
    What you became to me." In turn the singer will then have this girl's prayer answered. The singer's goal was to answer this girl's prayer to show her love and show her a life. Now, the singer prays for the girl. This interpretation works well for the relationship (if it ended badly he wishes her to get out) or the death (he prays she finds peace). I've been listening to this song for a while so I might have gone to some random realm of understanding but i think it works very well.

    After all...we all want to really stop addictions...and its a two-faced life of praying to get off the drug and getting lost in the drug.
    jamarel1991on October 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthere's speculation it's about Takac's wife who overdosed on heroin
    pturner223on April 13, 2011   Link

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