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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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    Feb 2nd, 2019 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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    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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    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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    Sep 18th, 9:39pm report


    Satan was cast down to earth his home is Eden heaven his memory is faded of his home his friend was God he is the shadow to his light. Without God we are all alone God bless u pbwu



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    anonymous
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    Sep 18th, 9:30pm report


    Devil worship part 2 he the writer is the woman the female vocal is a distraction it is indicating he sold his soul for a record deal.replace ur image of a woman with a man in the dark playing with stars in rituals finally summoning evil then boom success he wants to take it deeper as money is shallow waters praise Jesus may God forgive you its god's air you breath if it's not good enough why breath it like spoiled children we want want want but won't earn or appreciate what we have.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 18th, 9:20pm report


    It is promoting devil worship. Shadow is the d and it is fading the light the woman also co representing the earth has sold her soul and let the monsters in her body spiritually and physical then they give the promise and fade away. (Is it a fantasy)then it refers to stars common d worship many stars she has looked for evil many times thru rituals . A relation ship with a spirit like a dream not witnessed by others bright but faded light of religions burn fire hell the d who is bound physically on earth most likely under water in the deepest sea breathing under water she was taken to him in a place like Atlantis. Evil worships believe he is fighting for us and the where are you now you fade away is an insult to God and religion as now people worship music TV etc begging with the Beatles many songs now are hymns of this type like halo Beyonce. Sorry but this is my thoughts blessed is the lord may Jesus bless and love you pbwu.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 17th, 8:52pm report


    I believe the song not only is about identity but maybe could have something to do with race and discrimination as he has left for some reason and has been allowed back but no one is there. As they may have been taken away.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Aug 12th, 8:02am report


    The interpretation of Faded actually means that the thing she's looking was her joy and happiness and then another day it disappears and she is looking for it everytime and then since she can't find it she thinks it is all a dream,her imaginationand what she meant by "I'm faded" is that she's lost without it.And she's searching the sea.And in her dream monsters are chasing her because she's horrible without it.And she's searching and searching...Thanks



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    anonymous
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    Aug 4th, 8:35am report


    About a Child who left their parents and then ran way regretting all of that then at the end they grow up and Want to come back home.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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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, 2019 2:27am report


    I lost my friend I am faded



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    anonymous
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    Jan 29th, 2019 1:08am report


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



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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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