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

It was briefly added to and subsequently removed from the On The Road Again Tour setlist during the North American leg.

Lyrically, the song, contrasting with many others by One Direction, focuses on the anxieties surrounding strong relationships instead of the pleasures.

Background

The song was scheduled to be released alongside the release of the album, however it was leaked 9 days prior.

The song has become very poignant in the wake of Zayn leaving the band, as it examines the wearing down of a strong relationship over time and features the line "Who's gonna be the first one to say goodbye?".

“Spaces” could possibly be about the strong relationships between the members of the band, much like “Don’t Forget Where You Belong”. Although most fans strongly disagree with this notion, if true this would be the first time the band have openly mentioned any fear of a break-up.

The song has also been the inspiration for the name of the band's fourth fragrance "Between Us". The commercial features visual references to the lyrics.

Lyrics

[Niall]
Who's gonna be the first one to start the fight?
Who's gonna be the first one to fall asleep at night?

[Louis]
Who's gonna be the last one to drive away?
Who's gonna be the last one to forget this place?

[Zayn]
We keep taking turns, (Oho-oho-oh)
Will we ever learn?

[All]
Ooh, spaces between us keep getting deeper
It's harder to reach ya even though I try
Spaces between us hold all our secrets
Leaving us speechless and I don't know why

[Niall]
Who's gonna be the first to say goodbye?

[Liam]
Who's gonna be the first one to compromise?
Who's gonna be the first one to set it all on fire?

[Louis]
Who's gonna be the last one to drive away?
Forgetting every single promise we ever made?

[All]
Ooh, spaces between us keep getting deeper
It's harder to reach ya even though I try
Spaces between us hold all our secrets
Leaving us speechless and I don't know why

[Liam]
Who's gonna be the first to say goodbye?

[Zayn]
We keep taking turns
Will we ever learn?
When will we learn?

[All]
Ooh, spaces between us keep getting deeper
It's harder to reach ya even though I try
Spaces between us hold all our secrets
Leaving us speechless and I don't know why

[Harry]
Who's gonna be the first to say goodbye?
Who's gonna be the first to say goodbye?

[Niall]
The spaces between us
The spaces between us
The spaces between us
The spaces between us

References

  1. Spaces audio
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