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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. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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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.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2020 report

    I think this song can mean many different things. I think mainly it has a lot to do with nostalgia though. Or perhaps the constant search for something more. Whatever is the shadow to YOUR light. In other words: whatever you have created to be your LOVE. Maybe that is even the life of your youth or a romantic (general) and significant time in your life.

    When I say “whatever your romance is” what I mean is that doesn’t necessarily have to be a lover. Maybe that “lover” is yourself or another side of yourself once discovered or still trying to discover. The relationship you have with yourself or with your life.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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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
    Atlantis
    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
    Alive
    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
    Atlantis
    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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    Jul 21st report

    Song is about how someone was/is in love, they thought it was all in there head, dilusional, where in fact it was not,now (the love) fading away there now calling out to this person to,( where are you know !), they want what was real.

  5. anonymous
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    May 25th report

    I think the song is about someone who the artist lost,but the relationship and feelings passed back and forth are still living but a little faded,hence the name.I think the relationship was very strong but then something special inside the one that’s left behind fades,also hence the name.

  6. Anbu
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    Apr 23rd report

    When we see in a spiritual way may be I might be wrong

    You were the shadow to my light
    Did you feel us?
    ( God is a shadow to my blessings. People did you see my abundant blessings)

    Another star
    You fade away
    ( Want to another good things but I'm doing bad things due to that you fade away because of me )


    Afraid our aim is out of sight
    Wanna see us, A live
    (My aim is to stay away from people .
    You people wanna feel the way I'm being alive)

    Where are you now
    Was it all in my fantasy
    Were you only imaginary
    Where are you now
    Atlantis
    Under the sea
    ( God,was it all in my fantasy or god are you just imaginary .
    Where are you now Atlantis under the sea )

    These shallow waters, never met
    What I needed
    I'm letting go
    A deeper dive
    ( I'm in a thirst to see you but never seen
    I'm letting myself a deeper thinking about you )

    Eternal silence of the sea
    I'm breathing
    Alive
    Where are you now?
    ( In this corona I'm still breathing alive where are you now ?)

    Under the bright
    But faded lights
    You set my heart on fire
    Where are you now
    (Under the bright life but
    Faded hope
    You set my heart on holyfire where are you now)

    Where are you now
    Where are you now
    Atlantis
    Under the sea
    Under the sea
    Where are you now
    Another dream
    The monsters running wild inside of me
    (Where are you now Atlantis ? Under the sea ?
    Where are you now devil's running wild inside to tempt me )

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

    From india ❤️
    I love Jesus

  7. 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.

  8. 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...''

  9. 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.

  10. anonymous
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    Oct 28th 2020 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.

  11. anonymous
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    Oct 20th 2020 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.

  12. 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.

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 15th 2020 report

    To me this song has a lot of meanings...
    Loneliness
    Love
    Searching for a better version of oneself
    Importance of family and friends
    Confusion...(maybe)
    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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

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