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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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    Oct 10th report

    Conclusively, Mr. Walker has stated that the lyrical content of “Faded” is meant to be interpreted by the listeners themselves. That being said, there is definitely a storyline contained therein. And this story is one in which the singer is in search of something – whether it be a person, place or thing – or just trying to find her place in life in general.

    Read more at: https://www.songmeaningsandfacts.com/faded-by-alan-walker/


    For the recent interpretation. Agree, love don't disappear after 8 weeks. He only used you and really has a girl. Forget about him. You deserve someone who loves you without thinking of cars, money, things. Love yourself. Love your life. Love the special people in your life. Live life to the fullest. You'll meet the right guy for you. Be strong and be brave.



  5. anonymous
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    Oct 10th report

    I red a lot of comments, no one see the toxic relationship? When someone is coming to you for what you have, like a car, cigarettes, money?
    I recognize myself saying “Where r u”? You said that I’m the one, you make me feel crazy about you… And, you find better than me ( I was poor, 800.00$ a month) but he was coming from jail… So, he stay 2 month than go… and I said why? And he said, I was not in love… But but… You told me last Friday that you where so in luv with me… Dhuh ( on his cell ) heee what? Oh really??? I don’t remember. Sorry, got to go see a friend. ( he came back after 4 days… and, he took his thing,, say bye!!! The woman was waiting for him in her car… I was feeling stupid, and steel in luv with him. Did I was dreaming? You said the opposite after 2 months. This is not possible. Love don’t fall down after 8:weeks!!!

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 5th report

    The song is much about idealized love:

    "You were the shadow to my light
    Did you feel us
    Another start
    You fade away"

    Means that the loved person was a perfect complement to him, means can be darkness to his light, the purpose here is also about sin and negativity cause that could mean that a good person can love, deeply love, a bad one and this happens often, cause love it's truly blind in reality, people should not be similar to love one each other.

    "Afraid our aim is out of sight
    Wanna see us
    Alive"

    The aim was too high, impossible : a dream, a fairy tale, here idealization takes place. Now the singer think they're both not alive, cause they aren't together anymore, and they lived just together, that's the meaning, then after not anymore, they faded and are just shadows.

    "Was it all in my fantasy
    Where are you now
    Were you only imaginary
    ...
    Atlantis
    Under the sea"

    Start thinking it was just fantasy, unreal, a dream cause of the fading of emotions, very common when you lost someone forever and don't talk to that person anymore. A search for the impossible, or for something that never existed, cause it was just idealization of love, not reality.

    "Another dream
    The monsters running wild inside of me
    I'm faded
    I'm faded
    So lost
    I'm faded"

    Means he's now another person, that probably can't love anymore like that and have monsters, bad feelings, about the actual situation and the fact he's actually alone and faded, so a shadow of himself, based on the idealized love of above. Bad feelings, regrets, depression maybe and so on.

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

    Is an interesting part: he feels lonely and, probably, don't like superficial people or love, cause true love CAN'T BE superficial... Then the bad feelings realize or attempt to be realized: a deeper dive maybe means suicidal feelings in the 'eternal silence' of water: many people die this way for love, they drown. No matter if happens in the bathtube with drugs or in the sea, drowing is a typical suicidal situation where people refuse life.

    "Under the bright
    But faded lights
    You set my heart on fire"

    Probably the best part of the song: means that it was true love, under the sun means that nothing was done to hide that feelings and these feelings illuminated his life, for a while. The faded lights are about the two lovers at the beginning, that probably understood their reciprocal love in a condition of strong trust: people don't stay together alone under faded, say very dim, lights unless they trust one each other, especially girls avoid that. My idea about it is that happened outdoor, maybe in a street at evening or night, outside, in low light conditions. And there she set his heart on fire, no dubt, the first kiss I think. The lights appears now even more faded cause related to memories, as the general meaning of the song about fading away, living just of memories.

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 25th report

    This was the first song I heard from Alan Walker, and I've loved his music since. This is my opinion on this song's meaning:
    I think you're all right, some in more ways than others. At first I didn't think this song was about the end of a relationship, but now I do. Here's why:
    1. "Was it all in my fantasy?/Were you only imaginary?"
    These lyrics told me that she enjoyed her romantic relationship, but it felt so short it must've been a dream or part of a fantasy.
    2. "Where are you now?/Atlantis/Under the sea/Under the sea"
    These lyrics imply that she misses him and wonders where he is, be it Atlantis or otherwise.
    "Faded" is a beautiful song and I love it so much.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Anbu
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    Apr 23rd 2021 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

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2021 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.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 21st 2021 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...''

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2021 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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!

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