Song of the Day #3,544: ’18’ – One Direction

The ’31 Numbered Songs’ series reaches adulthood with ’18,’ a 2014 track from One Direction’s fourth album, appropriately titled Four. How many numbers can I get in one sentence?!

This song was written by Ed Sheeran (with Oliver Frank) for the band at the request of Simon Cowell. It wasn’t released as a single, but Niall Horan’s pronunciation of “chance” as “chonce” launched a thousand fan memes.

Some fans believe the song was written about the rumored romantic relationship between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson (a pairing referred to as Larry Stylinson). I had never heard of this rumor, because I’m 45, but a YouTube video detailing the ‘Top 30 Iconic Larry Stylinson Moments‘ is quite convincing.

[Verse 1: Harry]
I got a heart and I got a soul
Believe me, I will use them both
We made a start, be it a false one I know
Baby, I don’t want to feel alone

[Pre-Chorus: Zayn]
So kiss me where I lay down
My hands pressed to your cheeks
A long way from the playground

[Chorus: Harry]
I have loved you since we were eighteen
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love
All I can do is say that these arms were made for holding you
I wanna love like you made me feel
When we were eighteen

[Verse 2: Niall & Liam]
We took a chance, God knows we’ve tried
Yet all along, I knew we’d be fine
So pour me a drink, oh love
Let’s split the night wide open
And we’ll see everything we can
Living love in slow motion, motion, motion

[Pre-Chorus: Zayn]
So kiss me where I lay down
My hands pressed to your cheeks
A long way from the playground

[Chorus: All & Niall]
I have loved you since we were eighteen
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love
All I can do is say that these arms were made for holding you
And I wanna love like you made me feel
When we were eighteen
When we were eighteen
Oh Lord, when we were eighteen

[Bridge: Zayn & Louis & Harry]
Kiss me where I lay down
My hands pressed to your cheeks
A long way from the playground
I have loved you since we were eighteen
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love

[Chorus: All & Harry]
And all I can do is say that these arms were made for holding you
And I wanna love like you made me feel
When we were eighteen
I wanna love like you made me feel
When we were eighteen
I wanna love like you made me feel
When we were eighteen

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,544: ’18’ – One Direction

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    That YouTube video is quite funny. I guess we know at least part of the reason why Taylor Swift and Harry may have broken up.😊

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