Artist: Goo Goo Dolls

Black Balloon ~ Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls are a rock band that formed in 1987 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac.

The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin. The three founded the band under the name “Sex Maggots”. However, when a club owner booked the band, he requested they change the name, as the local newspaper could not print their current name. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.

“We were young and we were a garage band not trying to get a deal. We had a gig that night and needed a name. It’s the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name” John stated.

Shortly after recording the band’s fifth album A Boy Named Goo, Robby Takac asked George Tutuska to leave the band because Rzeznik could no longer tolerate being in the same room with Tutuska. This was due to Tutuska claiming that he deserved a share of the royalties for contributing to the songwriting in the song “Fallin’ Down,” and for which Rzeznik alone received the monthly checks. The band moved forward from this December 31, 1994 incident, hiring Mike Malinin in 1995, and toured rigorously.

Black Balloon

Black Balloon” is the title of a song recorded by the Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in June 1999 as the fourth single from the band’s 1998 album, Dizzy Up the Girl.

Baby’s black balloon makes her fly
I almost fell into that hole in your life
And you’re not thinking about tomorrow
‘Cause you were the same as me
But on your knees

A thousand other boys could never reach you
How could I have been the one?
I saw the world spin beneath you
And scatter like ice from the spoon
That was your womb

Comin’ down, the world turned over
And angels fall without you there
And I go on as you get colder
Or are you someone’s prayer?

You know the lies they always told you
And the love you never knew
What’s the things they never showed you
That swallowed the light from the sun
Inside your room, yeah

Comin’ down, the world turned over
And angels fall without you there
And I go on as you get colder
Always someone’s prayer

And there’s no time left for losin’
When you stand they fall, yeah

Comin’ down, the world turned over
And angels fall without you there
And I go on as you get colder
All because I’m…

Comin’ down, the years turn over
And angels fall without you there
And I’ll go on and I’ll lead you home and
All because I’m…
(All because I’m…)
And I’ll become
What you became to me

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Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls are a rock band that formed in 1987 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac.

The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin. The three founded the band under the name “Sex Maggots”. However, when a club owner booked the band, he requested they change the name, as the local newspaper could not print their current name. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.

“We were young and we were a garage band not trying to get a deal. We had a gig that night and needed a name. It’s the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name” John stated.

Shortly after recording the band’s fifth album A Boy Named Goo, Robby Takac asked George Tutuska to leave the band because Rzeznik could no longer tolerate being in the same room with Tutuska. This was due to Tutuska claiming that he deserved a share of the royalties for contributing to the songwriting in the song “Fallin’ Down,” and for which Rzeznik alone received the monthly checks. The band moved forward from this December 31, 1994 incident, hiring Mike Malinin in 1995, and toured rigorously.

Iris

Iris” is a song by American alternative rock band the Goo Goo Dolls. Originally written for the soundtrack of 1998 film City of Angels, the song was later included on the band’s sixth album Dizzy Up the Girl. “Iris” has contributed greatly to the band’s success.

John Rzeznik was approached to write a song for the City of Angels soundtrack, and the end product was “Iris”. This song propelled the band to stardom, as it stayed on top of Billboard Hot 100 Airplay charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks, and was nominated for three Grammys that year. According to several interviews with Rzeznik, he was experiencing serious bouts of writer’s block when he was approached, and was on the verge of quitting the band days before he wrote the song that would launch the band to worldwide fame. Iris is set to re-enter the UK charts at number 1, following performances by two X Factor finalists, which has helped to put the band back into the consciousness of the British public.

The song was named “Iris” by guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik for Iris DeMent. Rzeznik found an article about her written by Daniel Levitin while flipping through an issue of Billboard, and thought she had a nice name, and thus chose it for the song title. However, ‘Iris’ does not feature in the lyrics.

And I’d give up forever to touch you,
Cause I know that you feel me somehow.
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be,
And I don’t want to go home right now.

And all I can taste is this moment,
And all I can breathe is your life,
And sooner or later it’s over,
I just don’t want to miss you tonight.

And I don’t want the world to see me,
Cause I don’t think that they’d understand.
When everything’s made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am.

And you cant fight the tears that ain’t coming,
Or the moment of the truth in your lies.
When everything feels like the movies,
Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive.

And I don’t want the world to see me,
‘Cause I don’t think that they’d understand.
When everything’s made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am.

And I don’t want the world to see me,
Cause I don’t think that they’d understand.
When everything’s made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am.

And I don’t want the world to see me,
Cause I dont think that they’d understand.
When everything’s made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am.
I just want you to know who I am.
I just want you to know who I am.
I just want you to know who I am.

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The Goo Goo Dolls are a rock band that formed in 1987 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac.

The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The Beaumonts, with Takac’s cousin. The three founded the band under the name “Sex Maggots”. However, when a club owner booked the band, he requested they change the name, as the local newspaper could not print their current name. The trio picked the current name out of a True Detective ad for a toy called a Goo Goo Doll.

“We were young and we were a garage band not trying to get a deal. We had a gig that night and needed a name. It’s the best we came up with, and for some reason it stuck. If I had five more minutes, I definitely would have picked a better name” John stated.

Shortly after recording the band’s fifth album A Boy Named Goo, Robby Takac asked George Tutuska to leave the band because Rzeznik could no longer tolerate being in the same room with Tutuska. This was due to Tutuska claiming that he deserved a share of the royalties for contributing to the songwriting in the song “Fallin’ Down,” and for which Rzeznik alone received the monthly checks. The band moved forward from this December 31, 1994 incident, hiring Mike Malinin in 1995, and toured rigorously.

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Speculation as to the song’s meaning has persisted for quite some time, but Rzeznik himself, in a 2002 performance on VH1 Storytellers, has stated definitively that the song refers to a teenage girl in a strict Catholic environment who has become pregnant. She and her boyfriend are debating as to the possibility of abortion or marriage. The ending verse of the song suggests the young couple finally opts for an abortion.

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Could you whisper in my ear
The things you wanna feel
I’d give you anythin’
To feel it comin’

Do you wake up on your own?
And wonder where you are
You live with all your faults

I wanna wake up where you are
I won’t say anything at all
So why don’t you slide
Yeah I’m gonna let it slide

Don’t you love the life you killed
The priest is on the phone
Your father hit the wall
Your ma disowned you

Don’t supposed I’ll ever know
What it means to be a man
Somethin’ I can’t change
I’ll live around it

I wanna wake up where you are
I won’t say anything at all
So why don’t you slide
Slide

And I’ll do anythin’
You ever dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothin’ that fall

Oh May
Put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
Oh May
Do you wanna get married
Or run away?

And I’ll do anythin’
You ever dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothin’ that fall

Oh May
Put your arms around me
What you feel is what you are
And what you are is beautiful
Oh May
Do you wanna get married
Or run away?

I wanna wake up where you are
I won’t say anything at all

And I’ll do anythin’
You ever dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothin’ that fall

And I’ll do anythin’
You ever dreamed to be complete
Little pieces of the nothin’ that fall

Yeah, slide between the sheet
Of all the beds you never knew
Why don’t you slide into my room
Just slide into my room
Oh, we’ll run away, run away, run away

  • Audio from the 1998 album, Dizzy Up The Girl:

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