“Black Balloon” by Goo Goo Dolls

The lyrics of Goo Goo Dolls’ “Black Balloon”, find the narrator addressing a romantic interest. But more to the point of the actual story being told, she is a drug addict. And basically, what he seems to be doing throughout is sympathizing with her situation, not only in terms of her addiction but also her life in general. And the general understanding is that John Rzeznik actually wrote this track about someone he knew, perhaps even the ex-wife of his bandmate, Robby Takac.

“Black Balloon” is one of the songs from the Goo Goo Dolls’ album entitled “Dizzy Up the Girl”. 

“Black Balloon” proved to be a moderate hit for the Goo Goo Dolls. For instance, it appeared on 6 Billboard charts, peaking at number 16 on the Hot 100. It also made it onto a handful of charts in Canada and the UK. In all, it appeared on the charts of 5 countries.  And the track was nominated for a Grammy Award in the year 2000.

The leader of the Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik, wrote this song.  And the entire band produced it alongside Rob Cavallo.

Did the Dolls release “Black Balloon” as a single?

Yes. Warner Records released it as the fourth single from the band’s “Dizzy Up the Girl” album on 8 June 1999. Said project had five singles in total, including the following: “Iris” and “Slide“.

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