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Alan Walker: Faded Meaning

Song Released: 2015

Faded Lyrics

Alan Walker - Faded Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You were the shadow to my light
Did you feel us?
Another star, you fade away
Afraid our aim is out of sight
Wanna see us, alive

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Where are you now?
Where are you now?
Where are you...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    May 27th 2020 report

    Its about how people idealize someone they love then look back later and have difficulty reconciling how they felt then to now... its about recognizing that most of the time its how we look at things that determine how we feel about them.

    At the time of the relationship, the way the other person was,how they looked, all that made them attractive and how special the relationship was,was only in the perception of the person, inflated with their imagination and desire to feel love and give love.

    The relationship comes to an end, the person starts a new relationship and... has the realisation/doubt that maybe it was all in their head, but they still yearn for how they felt at that time and dont want to accept that it couldve all just been in their imagination/perception. They are addicted to the emotions they felt then. They hope that the other person also felt something special. They wonder how the other person looks back at the same relationship. Maybe they dont see it the same way and the act of looking back in such a way might be like hopefully believing in atlantis, a myth we enjoy entertaining and theres always some evidence that points to it but we still cant be sure, it requires imagination and fantasy. Its probably not true but we hope it is, cause that would be so cool.

    Faded doesnt mean that the relationship faded... but that the persons perception of who he/she loved has faded and with that the perception of the relationship has faded too...Thats why she says "im faded"... "where are you now".

    If you think about it, the relationships weve had dont fade, theyve happened n cant change, its us who change and with it our perceptions of past experiences change aswell.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 1st 2020 report

    I may be wrong, but what if he is talking to his psyche? What if it is talking about the death of the Ego. He had to let go of himself,the part of him that is closer to the surface, his personality, to go and find himself deeper down? So when he refers to two entities, one may be the ego abd the other one may be the true self. The ego was the shadow to his light, what was holding him back, he let that part go for a deeper dive. "I am faded" may be a way to say his old self id dead, it was like Atlantis, a pure illusion. He realused that he is not the shiny petsonality he wanted to build that seemed so cool (Atlantis).


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 2nd 2019 report

    It's about longing for the romanticized love of your youth and coming to question whether it was real.

    You were the shadow to my light
    Did you feel us?
    (We were different but complimentary, like night and day, yin and yang. Did you feel the same?)

    Another star
    You fade away
    (But like the many stars in my sky you faded away)

    Afraid our aim is out of sight
    Wanna see us, A light
    (Our expectations were too high. We were young, chasing a fairy tale)

    Where are you now
    Was it all in my fantasy
    Were you only imaginary
    Where are you now
    Under the sea
    (Atlantis, an ancient paradise that is lost, that everyone searches for, that in reality probably never really existed. Here Atlantis represents the true love that we feel exists but remains lost beneath the surface.)

    These shallow waters, never met
    What I needed
    I'm letting go
    A deeper dive
    (My shallow life and relationships never satisfied me. I'm moving deeper in search of "Atlantis")

    Eternal silence of the sea
    I'm breathing
    Where are you now?
    (But I find that I'm alone down here. Where are you now that I'm ready for you?)

    Under the bright
    But faded lights
    You set my heart on fire
    Where are you now
    (We shared an intense moment that I idealize but that moment is fading.)

    Where are you now
    Where are you now
    Under the sea
    Under the sea
    Where are you now
    Another dream
    The monsters running wild inside of me
    (The loneliness is consuming me as I'm lost searching for Atlantis, but you're nowhere to be found.)

    I'm faded
    I'm faded
    So lost
    I'm faded
    I'm faded
    So lost
    I'm faded

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 26th report

    I'm thinking that someone lost their lover, and that they think that it could have been a dream, hence the words "was it all in my fantasy? Were you only imaginary?" Now they are looking for the person, and possibly not sure they want to continue looking, worrying they are not enough.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 21st report

    i strongly think the artist was tryna make this song touch people emotionally coz I think he was trying to tell people about his past and the connection he had with his partner . And it feels to not be with the person and tht it feels like his partner is so far away from him (refering to)''Atlentis , Under the sea...''

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 7th report

    I think its about a lover that got lost but is still very much missed. The singer is trying to grasp at the emotions felt during the relationship but these elude him.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 28th report

    This song is close to my heart. I think it speaks of the feeling when you are getting into a new relationship, still unsure about where things are going and for a moment you get caught up in your past. Thinking of where your ex might be. You are making a new start, but still somewhere thinking about the good times you both had. Things you both did, and also about false or broken promises. But this time you have decided to make things work. The colour of your previous relationship is fading away slowly. And you keep on telling yourself that u are faded, ready to be full of colours again.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 20th report

    I think this song is about how sometimes we are so connected to our devices that we become disconnected from the world around us. It's weird to think that something that was made to bring us closer has driven us apart more than anything us. This especially applies to the time I am posting this, as we are stuck in our houses with little to nobody to talk to.

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 17th 2020 report

    According to me the song is talking about a relationship which seemed to last forever I think the two had done alot together and just were meant to be
    however unfoftunatelly the two get apart in one way or another but didnt actually break up
    walker still wants to find out if the partner still feels the same way like before because I bet she is still madly inlove.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2020 report

    To me this song has a lot of meanings...
    Searching for a better version of oneself
    Importance of family and friends
    Dwelling in your fantasies and imaginations
    Letting go of one's past...(Faded)or
    Nostalgia,bittersweet yearning for the things of the past...

    Nevertheless,I love the song

  11. anonymous
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    Aug 29th 2020 report

    It's about missing someone u loved most and consider he/ she as ur everlasting friend. On an other hand, the song may mean someone feeling lonely trying to remember good time went by or people left him/ she!
    Anyway I like it's melody and it's words always!

  12. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2020 report

    The girl in the song is singing: IM FADED
    and in the music video there is Alan Walker walking through ruins alone with a torch this means he might be a player or something like that lol that was terrible

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 22nd 2020 report

    If ya actually look into the lyrics of "Different World", it's even creepier. Alan Walker is definitely trying to say something.

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 29th 2020 report

    Faded has been my all time favourite song. Along with the melody of this beautiful song, this song has a beautiful meaning. The song mainly deals with loneliness. Both the song and the music video expresses the life of a lonely person, who has none in the world. Moreover, the song and the video also can be described as that there had been something on the earth that wiped out all the humans, just one of them survived. He recalls his life woth his family and friends, which was destroyed by something and he was left alone.
    With all of these, Faded symbolizes the need of a true friend in one's life. It also gives a beautiful message that friends and family is the half part of a person.

    -Ankit Bhattacharjee, Walker #48278

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 28th 2020 report

    I think it's about someone (Allen probably)breaking up with someone and regretting it and wondering if they will be all right

  16. anonymous
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    May 21st 2020 report

    its about aging.
    you were young and vibrant, we are not, we are faded.
    sadly i need to add some text to be able to post, however i still think the song is about aging, so melancholy...

  17. anonymous
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    May 2nd 2020 report

    The Soul is searching for the freedom it once had.
    Older and wiser, that freedom seems like an illusion.
    Unsure of what reality really is.

  18. anonymous
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    Apr 27th 2020 report

    The simple chord progression of Am F C to G, this masterpiece, like many other songs, talk about a past memory. Not necessarily love or friendship but rather emotional connections and memories from the past. I guess you could call this a modern poem for it features non-traditional instruments but rather electronic generated beats and melodies. The opening lines mentions a non-traditional relationship: rather a light to the shadows as for guidance, the guidance was taken away by someone. The person also puts into question whether they felt the same, strong feelings as they did. They go deep into their minds and compares the memories to Atlantis, a majestic palace that is now gone and impossible to find. The same feelings the person is looking for are no longer felt and are lost but instead of giving up, they make an effort to search for their happiness by metaphorically diving into their sea of memories. With no luck, they get lost in thoughts and what they thought was real was pure imagination and are unable to seek joy. They become lonely while the dark abyss surrounds them and while the loneliness slowly consumes them, they are lost and faded. Not only does the song have some darkness behind it, but it also shows many characteristics of a poem. With the basics, there are rhymes throughout this piece. Light and sight, fantasy and imaginary, sea and me, dive and alive are some of the rhymes mentions. Another feature of the song is the motifs. The lister gets a lot of “faded”, “now”, and “sea” to truly understand the distress of the person in the song. While it is a song, it is also a story. It introduces the subject/purpose (the search for escape or guidance to the light), the adventures and trials of attempting to accomplish, and a bitter ending. Like all poems, this song teaches us something. Through the metaphors in the song, the meaning lies in the first lines. The person in distress looked at the shadows taking away the light, taking away the opportunity for escape and life. While they are free now, this dark memory made its way back into the thoughts like a flashback and this person is searching a way out of this terrible memory and searches deep in their minds to get rid of it, but fails. They try to get their happiness back from this shadow but fail. The meaning behind this is to avoid the shadows in the first place. The person is going through the pain for others. It means to live in the moment and enjoy the given opportunities to make happy memories and not letting the dark ones in. It means to leave the past behind and move on because by looking back you just relieve the moment and it becomes an endless cycle. This song a very popular among the EDM fan base, maybe it is because of its sick beats but maybe it is to show how hard it is to move past this song and listen to another and how hard it is to let go. These dark memories may represent abusive parents, abusive relationships, a victim of being bullied, a war veteran, or others.

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