I close my eyes
And I smile, knowing that everything is alright
To the core, so close that door
Is this happening?

My breath is on your hair, I'm unaware
That you opened the blinds and let the city in
Oh God, you held my hand and we stand
Just taking in everything

And I knew it from the start
So our arms are opened wide
And your head is on my stomach
And we're trying so hard not to fall asleep
Here we are on this 18th floor balcony
We're both flying away...

So we talked, about moms and dads
About family pasts
Just getting to know where we came from
Our hearts were on display
For all to see
I can't believe this is happening to me

I raised my hands as if to show you that I was yours
That I was so yours for the taking
I'm so yours for the taking
And that's when I felt the wind pick up
I grabbed the rail while choking up
These words to say, and then you kissed me

And I knew it from the start
My arms are opened wide
And your head is on my stomach
And we're trying so hard not to fall asleep
Here we are on this 18th floor balcony
We're both flying away...

And I'll try to sleep
To keep you in my dreams
'Til I can bring you home with me
I'll try to sleep
And when I do I'll keep you in my dreams

I knew it from the start
So my arms are opened wide
And your head is on my stomach
And we're trying so hard not to fall asleep
So here we are on this 18th floor balcony, yeah

I knew it from the start
So my arms are opened wide
And your head is on my stomach
No, we're not going to sleep (sleep)
Here we are on this 18th floor balcony
We're both flying away ...


Lyrics submitted by jonathanbindel, edited by Grim_Poet

18th Floor Balcony song meanings
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    General CommentThis is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I literally put my ipod on repeat and listened to this song over and over again, until I was done crying..makes me cry every time.

    In my personal opinion, this song is about the ups and downs of love; love slipping away...and coming back. Not always just the perfect romance.

    So close that door. Is this happening?
    At first I thought that she no longer loved him, and he couldn't believe he was watching her go.

    We're both flying away.
    I interpreted this as the both of them growing apart, no longer knowing how to feel about one another. A loss as the both of them "fly away" on their seperate directions, a strong connection slowly weakening.

    So we talked, about moms and dads, about family pasts, just getting to know where we came from.
    I first interpreted this as the two trying to find things to talk about, having a hard time: trying to figure out how they came to one another in the first place. What willed them toward the other.

    I raised my hand as if to show you that I was yours. That I was so yours for the taking, I'm still so yours for the taking.
    He is trying to prove to her that she is all he wants, and is willing to give things up in order to be able to be with her.

    And I'll try to sleep to keep you in my dreams, till I can bring you home with me
    I thought of this as them not being together, and him trying his hardest to get her back in his mind, and dream about her, although she may no longer love him.

    In the end, they are together and discovering their unconditional love towards one another.

    So, this is just my interpretation(:


    smdcdf17on May 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I mean the way Justin sings of this love for someone, that u cannot get out to them, loving them so much, but words can't escape you to let that one person know. I want to have someone feel this way for me.. Great song, this is the one that got me into the band. They're awesome!
    DavesBabyShayon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I mean the way Justin sings of this love for someone, that u cannot get out to them, loving them so much, but words can't escape you to let that one person know. I want to have someone feel this way for me.. Great song, this is the one that got me into the band. They're awesome!
    DavesBabyShayon April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing song from an amazing group, go see them live, its just wow, tons of emotion from the band and the fans, its beautiful.
    Echelon30S2Mon January 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti NEED to see blue octover live before i die. end of story.

    they've mastered the love song. MASTERED IT.
    disasterfaerie22on February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentaaah i hate typos.
    disasterfaerie22on February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song... prolly on my favorite on the album, given Hate Me is played out...
    BRUINSrockon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentare the lyrics right...

    The last chorus changed to...

    ...head is on my stomach
    (no?) We're not going to sleep (sleep)
    Here we are....

    SOmething like that... anyone know for sure?
    BRUINSrockon April 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. They've captured that feeling of being so in love that you can't even put it into words, of feeling so perfect in the arms of your love. I just wish they hadn't stuck It's Just Me on the same track... it ruins that sense of a love that just feels perfect that 18th Floor Balcony conveys. Then again, I guess that's probably what they were going for.
    ja3688on July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah this song is definatly one of their best! it makes me cry and think of my own relationship everytime i hear it
    loveslastwordsx3on August 12, 2006   Link

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