"Balance Beam (Other version)" as written by and Justin S Furstenfeld....
I haven't been quite the same
So sure the story of my life would never change
In a bright eyed way
Rinsed out the soap in my eyes and wrote a song that I'm about to sing

It's about a girl that I hardly even know
It's not another love song
Just a list of things that I should know
Ever man should know thatâ?¦

One: You've got to take it kind of slowly
Two: You've got to hurry up and make your move
Three: You've got to tell her that she's pretty
Four: You've got to be the perfect gentleman

When you shake the walls, you've got to make â??em bend
Yeah you've got to show her that she's pretty
She's so pretty
You've the balance beam
And I keep falling all around this fairy tale.

We took a walk in the rain
My suggestion, she requested
The park nearby to cast the shade
Stay cool but I'm giddy like a schoolboy

You've got to handle with care this is not a toy
Gradually we touched
Though our clothes were wet
We sat and smiled
I never thought I'd smile so much
The first kiss always says the most

Every man should know that


OO this fairy tale OO this fairy tale
Some kind of fairy tale. Some kind of fairy tale.

Every man should know that.

Lyrics submitted by dfury

"Balance Beam" as written by Justin S Furstenfeld

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    General Commenti love this song sooooo much! it shows how guys are so pathetic sometimes...they usually have no idea what they're doing and that makes them so adorable. this song is great.
    Jessica137on August 31, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is the story of my life, my love life anyway. I never know what the hell I'm doing. But, i guess it's all good. Seems to work out...usually. Awesome song.
    snafu287on March 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazingly clever and also very funny. Justin enumerates all of the things important to make her (and keep her) happy. The list is actually a juxtaposition of opposites.

    You've got to take it kind of slowly/You've got to hurry up and make your move
    completely opposite, as are:
    You've got to be the perfect gentleman/To shake the walls, you've got to make 'em bend
    And the idea that "she's the balance beam" that he keeps falling off of is great. Plus he vividly illustrates that this is "her fairy tale" and he keeps messing is up for her by continuing to fall off.
    He capably shows just how difficult and contrary a relationship can be when "she" wants everything perfect, even if that means doing opposite things whenever she wants them (forget about being a gymnast, he needs to be a mind reader).
    I also believe that the line: "There's a heart nearby to cast that shape" is actually "There's a heart nearby to cast that shade" and in this instance, he's alluding to the fact that when he tells her how he feels and she reciprocates, she blushes.
    MozfanMS2on April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMozfan has the lyrics correct. And, I'm pretty sure that it's "and in a bright odd way.." not "bright-eyed". He means to say "bright but odd",except he doesnt say "but."
    KillGoreM3on July 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno, on the cd sleeve the lyrics are "in a bright eyed way" like that it's innocent and new
    Jade_Viperon April 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree wholeheartedly with MozfanMS2, though there's one thing I don't understand: What does "When you shake the walls, you've got to make 'em bend" mean? If it's something explicit, just tell me and don't go into details, please.
    FrancisTheMenaceon September 22, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning*DISCLAIMER* I have just obtained a copy of Justin Furstenfeld's book Crazy Making. It's not very detailed, but it contains all the lyrics to all current (The Answers - Approaching Normal) Blue October songs, and his inspiration behind them. As I said, it's not very detailed, but it's his words on every Blue October song that is in the book. I know everyone interprets a song differently from everyone else, but having the original intent behind the song will be helpful to people who don't fully understand a song. Also, any grammatical errors are not made by me, I'm putting down Justin's words exactly how he writes them. So yea... enjoy :)
    *NOTE* This is the version in the book, so I'm fairly certain THIS is the real version. I noticed there was some debate about it on the other song page, so yea... just sayin

    Balance Beam: "A guide, an outline for my nerves. My first date after the hospital."
    marquptonon June 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHow do you take it kind of slowly AND hurry up and make your move?
    djinjektedon March 30, 2009   Link

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