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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

    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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    Jan 18th, 1:57pm 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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    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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    May 21st, 5:03am 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...



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    anonymous
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    May 2nd, 5:40am 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.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 27th, 4:03pm 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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    anonymous
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    Apr 24th, 4:04pm report


    As in all true art, it has a different meaning for each person according to their own experiences. As for myself, I'm not sure about all of it, but it makes me think of the deep love my husband and I had for each other. We found each other late in life, each others first everything, especially true love. We were together for 12 years, then he died suddenly from a blood clot. I have been lost without him and sometimes almost wonder was it really true, did that beautiful time in my life really happen or was it a realistic fantasy. But then I look at our son and know it was real. I find that little details of memory are starting to fade and I desperately want to remember every detail. That life with him WAS me. To lose any of it isto lose myself. But, of course, the most important things, and sometimes the actual feelings I had then, come back to me and it's wonderful, but then the grief of his not being here is still there after 9 years. He was 37, I was 39, we had never been married and we hit it off so beautifully and were so happy. One of us would think something andthe other would say it. We married on my fortieth birthday. I am now 61. We had adopted a baby, who is now 12 and he is my heart. Hopefully this gives you a glimpse of what the song means to me.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 4:15pm report


    It’s unlikely but Walker could be talking about Atlantis, the last space shuttle we launched in July of 2011. Under the bright but faded light it set the hearts of its occupants on fire and it certainly went under the sea! We haven’t had any space shuttles since...so we ask “Where are you now, Atlantis?” And the answer is UNDER THE SEA!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd, 4:29am report


    Well I think the singer is referring to her love life in the past . But just like the rest it ended badly
    Actually I don't know what I'm saying but this song affects me emotionally



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    anonymous
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    Apr 21st, 4:05am report


    I think this is mainly about the shoe lace of red nose raindeers and pork yellow screwdriver muffins frolicking sideways like a gazelle in the Amazon.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Apr 1st, 4:45pm 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).



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    anonymous
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    Mar 24th, 3:54pm report


    I think it is about a guy who likes someone but not sure about it. His love is not so friendly (...shadow to my light) and he has gone crazy and slipping away from society.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 5th, 3:33pm report


    I think that it means to love someone so deeply that you don't know what you do without them. you feel so lost as if you cannot live without them.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 23rd, 2:28am report


    As a gay man. I feel a connection with song. I think the lyrics “I’m faded” means losing touch with myself and who am because of what religion says about the LGBTQ community, and the thoughts And memories of what happened there make “the monster run wild inside of me”



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    anonymous
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    Sep 18th, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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 12th, 2019 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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