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Change Your Ticket is the thirteenth track on One Direction's fourth studio album, Four.[1]

The song has not been performed on any of One Direction's tours.

Lyrically, the song describes each band member wanting their love interest to stay with them longer than anticipated, and offering to change their flight so they don't have to leave the hotel they're staying in so quickly.

Background

The 1975 front-man Matthew Healy was brought in to write a song for Four after the band said they really liked him. However, he left the session wondering why he was asked to contribute. "They didn't seem to be actually that interested; they just wanted to play me this song that they said was really, really inspired by us," Healy remembered to Spin.

The song in question was "Change Your Ticket," whose groove sounded just like the 1975's "Girls." Healy asked that the group not make his influence quite so obvious: "'Listen guys, fill your boots, the song doesn't sound that much like 'Girls,'" he said. "But the guitar and the whole vibe of it is a complete lift. So take the guitars off, and we're good."

According to Healy, One Direction agreed to change things up, but an unaltered version of the song did land on Four's deluxe edition. The 1975 front-man was annoyed as the group failed to clarify that he didn't help write it, even though he wasn't actually credited. "It would have been a bad 1975 song," Healy explained.

In the band's US TV special for Four, Niall Horan can be seen co-writing the song and figuring out the melody.

Lyrics

[Harry]
Watching you get dressed
Messes with my head
Take that bag off your shoulder

Come get back in bed
We've still got time left
This don't have to be over

[Niall]
And you say
It's hard to keep a secret
Girl, don't leave me all alone in this hotel

And these shades
Can hide us from the streets, yeah
One week and I promise that I'll never tell

[All; led by Liam]
You should probably stay, probably stay a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home
You should probably stay here with me a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home
Don't go, it's not the same when you're gone
And it's not good to be all alone
So, you should probably stay here with me a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home

[Zayn]
Don't play innocent
I know what you meant
When you said you'd come over

[Niall]
Aren't we way past that?
Playin' hard to get
We did that when we were younger

[Louis]
And you say
It's hard to keep a secret
Girl, don't leave me all alone in this hotel

And these shades
Can hide us from the streets, yeah
One week and I promise that I'll never tell

[All; led by Liam]
You should probably stay, probably stay a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home, oh
You should probably stay here with me a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home
Don't go, it's not the same when you're gone
And it's not good to be all alone
Don't go, it's not the same when you're gone
Come on let me change your ticket home, oh

[Zayn]
Why do we take some time
Why don't we take just a little more time
Why don't we make it right
Girl, I don't wanna say goodbye

[All; led by Liam]
You should probably stay, probably stay a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home, oh
You should probably stay here with me a couple more days
Come on let me change your ticket home
Don't go, it's not the same when you're gone
And it's not good to be all alone
Don't go, it's not the same when you're gone
Come on let me change your ticket home

References

  1. "Change Your Ticket" audio