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18 is the fourth track on One Direction's fourth studio album, Four.[1]

The song was added to the On the Road Again Tour setlist in 2015, during the European leg.

Lyrically, "18" describes a past relationship the narrator has not moved on from, and would like to start over again, with a more mature perspective.

Background

"18" is a pop rock song. It was released through the band's official vevo account on youtube on November 11, 2014.

Simon Cowell is a fan of the song and talked about how he arranged for Ed Sheeran to write it. "Literally a week [after asking him for a One Direction song] Ed comes round to my house with his manager one night, turned up around 11 o’clock and said ‘Do you like this song?’ and he played me ‘18’ and it took me about a millionth of a second to say yes,”

The lyric "We took a chance", sung by Niall Horan is pronounced as "We took a chónce" due to his accent. This became a common meme for fans online, which the band themselves caught onto during the final leg of the On The Road Again Tour, lightly teasing Niall or referencing it just before his solo. Niall was eventually asked about it in an October 2015 interview (to which he revealed he had no idea about the meme), then acknowledged it when performing the song in subsequent concerts.

Lyrics

[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

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

[Harry]
I have loved you since we were 18
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love
All I could do is say that these arms were made for holding you
I wanna love like you made me feel when we were 18

[Niall]
We took a chance/chonce
God knows we tried
Yet all along, I knew we’d be fine

[Liam]
So pour me a drink, oh, love,
Let's split the night wide open and we'll see everything
We can livin' love in slow motion, motion, motion

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

[All]
I have loved you since we were 18
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love
And all I could do is say that these arms were made for holding you, oh
And I wanna love like you made me feel when we were 18

[Niall]
When we were 18
Oh lord, when we were 18

[Zayn]
Kiss me where I lay down
My hands press to your cheeks
A long way from the playground

[Louis]
I have loved you since we were 18
Long before we both thought the same thing

[Harry]
To be loved and to be in love

[All]
And all I could do is say that these arms were made for holding you
I wanna love like you made me feel when we were 18
I wanna love like you made me feel when we were 18

[Niall]
I want a love like you made me feel

[Harry]
When we were 18

Live Performances

2015-2

2015-2

One Direction - 18 - San Diego, CA - 7.9

One Direction - 18 - San Diego, CA - 7.9.15

18 - One Direction (Live)

18 - One Direction (Live)

One Direction - 18 for the first time (Live at Brussels) 13.6

One Direction - 18 for the first time (Live at Brussels) 13.6.15

One Direction - 18 (Live)

One Direction - 18 (Live)

References

  1. '18' audio
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