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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. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2017 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

    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.

    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

    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..

  2. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2017 report

    It's about Heroin.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  3. anonymous
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    Jun 22nd 2017 report

    Its a song about dealing with mental health. The monsters that run inside of me. Where r u now refers to losing the persona that existed b4 mental health issues struck. Faded refers to losing a grip on reality and being less a person than b4. It is lamenting the loss of a fomer self and the constant struggle to regain lucidity.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2017 report

    In the lyrics ,"another star you fade away", my interpretation in these is,
    "In the other day you've gone away".

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2017 report

    maybe the singer is referring to guy that promised to come back to her and she hasn't heard from him for a long time. she is lost without his love and wants to know what happened to him and when he will come back to her

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2017 report

    this is about a love relationship, she is speaking to him. The girl is feeling lost because the boy told her he doesn't love her (and mabe he just leaved her and this is not the first time he does). He was the dark side and she was the brithg side, meaning he was troublesome, but she didn't mind. They had a hot romance kind of relationship. All she wants is to be together with him to enlighten his life, to help him be a better person and become "bright" together. She felt he was giving a true love to her, but she is affraid that feeling was all in her mind (fantasy, imaginary)maybe he told her he wasen't giving her true love. Atlantis, being under the sea and the water referrals and monsters are a methaphor about how she is feeling: she is sinking, and become faded, like blurred, so confused, LOST. She suffers nightmares on this situation. She never got what she needed in this relationship, and now she is letting her sad feelings flow, she is sinking emotionally but at the same time she hears the silence of his absence and she notices she feels alive, she faces reality, she is alone and at last she is not dead.

  7. anonymous
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    May 4th 2017 report

    i think we are all faded, somewhere broken and disconnected from the world. This makes us feel faded, the feeling of getting lost in some other world, with someone. I also wish that my dream world too come true so that i can live in it rather that feeling lost and faded living in the reality.

  8. anonymous
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    Apr 9th 2017 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.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2017 report

    She is trying to find her home, or her Atlantis. She wants to know where it is because it is a fantasy like she says.

  10. anonymous
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    Feb 16th 2017 report

    I always thought it was about a girl trapped between reality and fantasy, she is in love with a boy from her world inside of her mind,and he seduces her to join his world. she feels as if she is fading away from reality. (just my dumb 12 year old interpretation)

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 1st 2017 report

    I think that Alan's boyfriend or very close. Friend has disappeared/passed on, and Alan is Is hurting. Good song, but that meaning makes it a kinda sad song.
    So, yeah.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2016 report

    I think the singers boyfriend is gone like one day he was there with her and the next day he was gone or it could be that they're dating but the singers boyfriend neglects her and when they are in public he treats her like a stranger, blocks her from his social media and when they see each other lets say alone... he acts as if he cares and just asks for a hug and barely feels like kissing her at all but the singer in her mind thinks they have something going on low key but the boyfriend has it all planned out ...like he just wants to use her for something not really sure for what but something so that is why the singer feels faded because she feels that the love she giving to her guy is taken granted and shes lost, under the sea because she doent know what to do..

  13. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2016 report

    the singer has lost her boyfriend. he's taken off or died or moved on, and she's in pain...

    she's in denial... and her mind is going crazy with the "monsters" running wild in her as she tries to figure out why he's gone.

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