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

Lyrically, the song tells a specific person that they won't regret falling for their love as it is not an illusion for neither one of them.

The song has yet not been performed on any of the One Direction tours.

Background

Liam Payne and Niall Horan wrote this song with frequent songwriters Jamie Scott, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. The lyrics are about Liam's girlfriend (now ex-), Sophia Smith. Surprisingly, it was Niall, rather than Liam, who penned the words.

"There’s a song on the album which is completely about Soph, it’s called “Illusion” and funnily enough, I didn’t write it." says Payne.

"Me and Julian, who we write songs with, were talking, we just went outside for a chat and I was telling him about what happened with me," he added. "After I left, he [Niall] went back and phoned me up like 'Hi, we wrote the whole song about Sophia', and I was like... 'Okay, this is strange...'"

Lyrics

[All]
Tell me you believe in love
It's not an illusion

[Liam]
I been thinking about the nights
And the dangerous tricks
People play on the eyes of the innocent

I could turn a lot of hearts
Into breaks with smoke and
Mirrors disappearing right in front of them

[Harry]
But believe me
I'm not trying to deceive you
I promise falling for me won't be a mistake

[Zayn]
No baby this is not an illusion
I've really got my heart out on my sleeve
Oh baby this is not an illusion
There's magic between you and me

No baby this is not an illusion
You really got me lifted off my feet
So tell me you believe in love
'Cause it's not an illusion to me

[Liam]
You don't ever have to worry about me
About how the cards fall
I'm all that you need tonight

I would never turn your heart
Into broken parts
You don't have to think twice
Looking in my eyes

[Louis]
Can't you see it?
I'm not trying to mislead you
I promise falling for me won't be a mistake

[Zayn]
No baby this is not an illusion
I've really got my heart out on my sleeve
Oh baby this is not an illusion
There's magic between you and me
No baby this is not an illusion
You really got me lifted off my feet
So tell me you believe in love
'Cause it's not an illusion to me

[Niall]
You can tie me up in chains
You can throw away the key
But there's no trap doors
I'm not gonna leave

You're the truth I can explain
You're the only one I see
It's not an illusion to me

[All; led by Zayn]
No baby this is not an illusion
I really got my heart out on my sleeve
Oh baby this is not an illusion
There's magic between you and me
No baby this is not an illusion
You really got me lifted off my feet
So tell me you believe in love
'Cause it's not an illusion to me

So tell me you believe in love
'Cause it's not an illusion

References

  1. "Illusion" audio
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