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Alan Walker: Faded Meaning

Song Released: 2015



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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

    anonymous
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    Oct 24th, 2017 10:00am report


    I think it speaks about a forbidden love. Where one person is lost living a life they are supposed to conform to. But wanting so badly to run away and be with the one who holds there heart.
    They love that person so much they are lost without them. They dream about being together but know it’s not possible It’s a fantasy.
    Love so true and deep it has to be pushed deep inside and lost like Atlantis.
    But that’s just my interpretation.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 9th, 2017 4:58am report


    I think the song speaks about being lost. You don't know where you were or who you are so you're 'faded'. Away from the truth, from those you love and those you thought you loved.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 26th, 2017 7:06am report


    It's about a woman leaving her man, realising her mistake and regretting that she left him.
    A very sad song.. :/

    Here's my analysis:

    You were the shadow to my light
    Did you feel us
    Another start
    You fade away
    Afraid our aim is out of sight
    Wanna see us
    Alive

    When they where together she felt like the better person and he was only a shadow of her, yet he still followed her closely like light and shadow do.
    She asks him, did he understand how she felt about them at the time?
    They probably half broke up and tried again, "another start". But she never felt alive when they where together then, and in her mind he fades away, realising she dont want to continue with him.


    Where are you now
    Was it all in my fantasy
    Where are you now
    Were you only imaginary

    Split meaning here from after the breakup; "where are you now" is repeating through the song, and here she realises she misses her man, wondering about him.
    Interlaced are her thoughts and doubts, her fantansy and imaginary dreams of what she really wanted, back when they where together.


    Atlantis
    Under the sea
    Under the sea
    Where are you now
    Another dream
    The monsters running wild inside of me

    "Atlantis", reference to the rich continent/kingdom who was lost under the sea, symbolically represents the loss of her man, whom she realises was very valuable to her.
    She then wonders if he now has started a new life with somebody else, "another dream". But she dont know, and "The monsters running wild" is here worries/regrets that he might have.

    I'm faded
    So lost

    Compare to the "shadow to my light", mentioned in the beginning of the song, now she is faded instead, meaning she is alone feeling lost after the breakup.

    The next section conencts nicely:

    These shallow waters, never met
    What I needed
    I'm letting go
    A deeper dive
    Eternal silence of the sea
    I'm breathing
    Alive

    It's about an earlier time from when they where together, where the "shallow water" represents the relationship not being enough for her, maybe she wanted to love. But at the time she didn't want to give it a try, a "deeper dive", and instead let it go.
    "Eternal Silence of the sea" means she hade problems with her man that she felt where suffocating her, and now those problems will be gone for ever, "eternal silence". Leaving him she feels lightened, alive and can breath again.

    But the song is not about a good breakup, of course. Further down, these last rows are so important:


    Under the bright
    But faded lights
    You set my heart on fire
    Where are you now
    Where are you now

    "Bright faded lights" is a symbolic of here memories of him that is now faded, but still bright. She here realises that he was the one she wanted, her heart is set on fire for him..



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    anonymous
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    May 20th, 5:09am report


    You dont know who u are what your purpose is your completely lost. If u notice the guy is looking 4 his old home just to find out clues about his childhood. He wants to research his past to move onto his future



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    anonymous
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    May 14th, 5:55am report


    A guy that is a loner hes so lost and feels like he lost his identity. He takes the long walk to find the house he grew up in . Its the notion of going back reflecting on our past mistakes to move forward. When he finally arrives to the home its old worn but still standing . Hes satisfied looks at it and realises I can now move forward . He finds what he was searching for . Closure



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    anonymous
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    Feb 4th, 2:27am report


    I lost my friend I am faded



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    anonymous
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    Feb 2nd, 2:41pm 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



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    anonymous
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    Jan 29th, 1:08am report


    It's about twin flame yall, look THAT shit up

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    SkyXDemiGod
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    Dec 12th, 2018 12:00pm report


    everyone's interpretation where subsequently right I mean par but there are some that get to me and being faded in what he's talking about is not a fantasy it seems like a fantasy but it is a if any of you know anything of the subconscious mind it takes you to a place to a different dimension or what you think as a fantasy is really reality vice versa to the reality you are when you're conscious Patriots a hallucinogenic Apparition to see the world how it is fit for this body subconsciously his fantasy it's like a faded what would it be a dream and yeah that's still heartbreaking everything also all that cuz I want to get into that because on the subject of the song faded I'm like that always I understand what you're saying subconsciously



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    anonymous
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    Nov 14th, 2018 11:20pm report


    I believe it means that she/he has this fear, one day she/he comes to look at the fear and wonders where it went after she stood up to it. Once she/he thinks about. lyrics, "Was it my imagination?" says that perhaps, maybe it was a fear, for fear is usually imagination.It's hard to explain, but listen to the song again with this description in mind.



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    cutipie
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    Nov 4th, 2018 11:34am report


    The song signifies the situation of a person when he lost something (someone) valuable for him which then fades the person itself and gets he then gets snapped by the ravages of time.....
    When we lose someone whom we consider as our soul then our body fades away as it can't live without it anymore



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    anonymous
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    Oct 24th, 2018 10:31am report


    It's clearly about how much he misses playing Ecco the Dolphin on Sega Genesis.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 5th, 2018 10:33am report


    Alan said it was a collaboration with Iselin Solheim. Alan created the song, but Iselin sang the vocals. Walker said the song is about searching for something, or someone that's lost, or just feeling lost in general.

    I must say that it was what I felt when watching the video, especially at the end where the actor Shahab Salehi (Leo) held up an old picture of a home, and we saw how desolate it has become.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 29th, 2018 9:49am report


    he is trying to find a house i thought mabye he was going back to his childhood mabye and it is all gone because the house looks like a normal house in the picture but when he finds it is destroyed.this part is just crazy but i think the two trees at the end have a meaning like mabye the trees symbolize that mostly everyhting is gone but memories are still forever in his heart.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 11th, 2018 9:17pm report


    I believe this song is the experience of a Christian who is struggling with sin and crying to God about his/her struggle. Throughout the song this vibe is repeated. Where is God when I struggle with sin.

    I know this sounds strange but I request you to note the words.

    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Where are you now?
    Was it all in my fantasy?
    Where are you now?
    Were you only imaginary?

    A Christian who lost communion with God and questions His existence and all the while struggling with sin(Monster)

    The sin is dragging him/her down, this experience is expressed in the word 'faded' which is repeated throughout the song

    These shallow waters never met what I needed
    (Nothing in the world satisfies this person)

    Under the bright but faded lights
    Gospel is bright(powerful to change lives) but a faded light(old message)

    You set my heart on fire
    (born again experience in Christ)

    Song ends with the expression of struggle and grief caused by sin(monster)

    Where are you now? Another dream
    The monster's running wild inside of me
    I'm faded, I'm faded
    So lost, I'm faded, I'm faded
    So lost, I'm faded

    This song captures the journey of a Christian.

    "For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?"

    So lost I am faded!

    Ending in Bible is different though.
    Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
    BTPOBX



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    anonymous
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    Aug 27th, 2018 8:25pm report


    Ah she is just a dickhead who wants some cock... She is looking for her next customer, she wants the perfect customer , she thinks she is julia roberts and will get a richard gere . But the richard she met is 80+ yrs old. Now she is fading as in fleecing , running, hiding. She is a gold digger bitch.

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    anonymous
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    Aug 25th, 2018 8:29pm report


    1. Most of these interpretations are wrong, because Alan Walker is a BOY, NOT A GIRL. 2. I think it’s about him losing someone close to him and trying to find them in his heart



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    anonymous
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    Aug 19th, 2018 8:22am report


    I think Alan had a past life in Atlantis and he is trying to find someone of Atlantis saying where are you now.



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