Alan Walker: Lily Meaning
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Afraid of the big, wide world
She grew up within her castle walls
Now and then she tried to run
And then on the night with the setting sun
She went in the woods away
So afraid, all alone
They warned her, don't go...
Elements to Interpret:
B: Big Wide World
C: Castle Walls
D: the Woods
E: Creatures hiding in the dark
F: the things Lily has been dreaming of, the magic story
G: The Mountain high and valley low
H: Letting the creature in / creature controlling lily / hypnosis
I: Ice breaking breaks G (hypnosis)
J: Lilys flight and call for help
Lily (A) is a Princess living in a castle (C) being protected by her parents from the harsh world (B). Nearby there is a magical forest (D) populated by ill meaning creatures (E). Lily sometimes sneaks out of the castle (C) having heard stories (F) of adventure and magic. One day she stays out too late and gets enchanted by a magical creature (E). Lily (probably unwillingly) accepts this enchantment (H) the creature promising her safety and adventures (G). Lily succumbs to the enchantment but when walking over a frozen body of water the ice breaks, breaking the spell (I). She now realizes that the creature lead her far away from home and in danger and no longer wants to go with, and tries to run away (J) but the creature catches up and tries to enchant her again. Whether she gets enchanted again is unclear.
Lily(A) is the American People. The big wide world (B) is the worlds complexity and abundance of ways to go wrong / to interpret the world. Castle walls (C) are the pre-internet era national consensus on what is right or wrong / how the world should be viewed e.g. that newspapers and big TV stations are generally reliable, the president and politicians want the best for the country, terrorists, communists fascists are bad, USA good ... The woods(D) are non-mainstream media / people telling stories different from what is generally accepted as true. Creatures hiding in the dark (E) are populists, conspiracy theorists, communists, whoever main stream /the public deemed as unsavory, not fit to be seen with. The magic stories (F) are what populists tell. Easy solutions to complex problems. Lily wandering out too long is modern society where the internet has undermined the old fabric of national consensus making former fringe opinions electable. The creature is Trump who promises what if you give him power (H) and let him do whatever he wants (G) his stories will come true: Coal comes back, the border wall will solve anything, ... Ice breaking (I) is the next election. People again have to decide whether to elect him (H). Everyone looks for another candidate but Trumps style has lead American society far away from its old safe walls having an unclear way to go.
Lily (A) is a fallible human. The big wide world (B) is the world of flesh tempting humans to sin. Castle walls (C) are commandments / religious rules for proper behavior intended to keep us on the right path and safe from damnation. Humans are tempted by sin and leave the right path, being tempted by their desires and sin (D). Creatures in the dark are demons forever tempting us, promising is worldly bliss (F) that can be achieved through sinning (doing drugs, getting rich through immoral means, ...)(G) . This human gives in to temptation (H) and becomes depraved. Deep inside he knows that he is on the wrong way and in a moment of clarity and remorse (I) he tries to get back on the right path (J) but once you lived a life of sin it is hard to get righteous again.
Lily (A) is Europe between before 1914 and 1945. Before WW1, the Great powers had their system of alliances (C) supposedly protecting Europe from a big war (B). The woods and the creatures hiding in it (D&E) are nationalism, racism, imperialism, militarism, communism which unseen threaten the entire continent to be thrown into chaos and war. The stories (F) are the myth of the glorious battlefield, heroism in war, that a master race must prevail over lesser humans. The creature (E) are people telling the war can easily be won, industrialists speaking of national honor but hoping to profit from the war. (G&H) Letting the creatures take over is going into the war which supposedly is easy to win. Ice breaking (I) is the inter war period where the seed for the new war was already sowed. The creature newly trying to enchant is Hitler and the Nazis promising to return German honor and glory (F). Going to Mountain High and valley low (G) is the total war effort. In this interpretation Lily succumbs again to the creature after awakening.
Lily(A) is a girl growing up, becoming a woman an sexually active. The castle (C) is the youthful innocence which she starts losing once she comes into puberty. The big wide world is the big wide world of sexuality. The woods (D) represents the hiding / suppression of sexuality in our society making its exploration a hidden / shady thing. Creatures hiding in the dark are (E) her own desires for sexual experience, telling her to explore this area of herself. The story / dream (F) is her hopes / dreams of a fulfilled sex life. The magic represents the romanticization of the topic. Mountain High and valley low are the full spectrum of sexual experience / practice that she desires to experience. Letting the creature in(H), is giving in to her desire. The hypnosis(H) is the losing of her innocence. The ice breaking (I) is the realization that she has now become a woman. Her flight and call for help (J) is her fear of the future and the unfulfillable wish to become a child again. This interpretation is not to say that sexual development is bad. It just shows that it is a scary thing and often people wish back the time of innocence.
Lily (A) is your conscious mind, that castle(C) is your self deception telling you that you are in control of things. The big wide world is your subconscious which actually steers your behavior much more than your conscious mind. The woods (D) is part of that subconscious where your suppressed desires (=the creatures E) lie. The magic story (F) is you believing you are a rational being and you have no dark subconscious. The creature taking over control of Lily (H) is when subconscious desire actually takes over your actions. Ice breaking (I) is the realization that you are actually not in control. The flight is your futile effort to suppress your subconscious.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2:37am report
I think it was about a girl who is powerless and depressed, yet young and beautiful full of dreams. The walls is her home where she finds stressful and hopeless. People who tries to warn her are her friends or family. She runs into the woods which means deep into the dangerous world full of unpredictable people/strangers. And there she met a stranger (maybe rich bad people) who wants deep relationship with her in exchange for wealth and love. Little did she know they are bad guys. And then when she made a deal it was far more worse than her previous situation and she couldn't go back. Cause there's no turning back >_<
anonymous Mar 9th, 3:20pm report
I feel like Lily was an innocent girl, as this song shows the transfer from her innocence to the real and dark reality of our world. I think the castle walls were her childhood, and this song is depicting her leaving the safety of her home, being tricked and manipulated by the harsh world. I believe she is trapped later, mentally or physically, and is trying to escape. When she finally does, I think she is enticed again and trapped once more, showing how cruel and horrible the reality of our world, as Lily falls into a state of depression.
anonymous Jun 28th, 6:11am report
Lily is a princess who will become queen soon so her parents are very over protective and she wants freedom so one day she runs away into the woods and meets a creature that wants to overthrow the royal family and Lily let's her into the castle and the creature hypnotizes lily then a little while later she she wakes up and starts screaming for help and when no one comes she runs away.
anonymous Jun 16th, 6:33pm report
I feel like it is a story of a little girl, who went out in the world to explore it. But she fell in hands of some dangerous people. She was first lured with money, which she might have been in need to live. But later those people, when found control over her, started using her (as making her do labour/ robbing her innocence). She realised it soon and tried to run away too, gave out cries for help. But whether she was rescued or not is unknown.
For me this song is making us realise about what happens when some bad people make little kids do child labour...
anonymous May 27th, 5:15pm report
I think she's unable to go back home/ Castle and can't go she left in the first place issue felt imprisoned I'm trying to make this as nice as possible
anonymous May 22nd, 5:42pm report
I think lily is the evil and the dark is the peace he wanted lily to get out of this evilness and follow him to see the beautiful world of mountains and he will protect her but she ran faster back to her castle hoping that she was dreaming and it was
anonymous Apr 27th, 4:14pm report
Actually I think Itz a song about the teenager or the girl who never well known about outer world and her desire to go their and make friendship with person like her or her age, making fascination to make a relationship and when she made it they hypnotized her at that time she understood her mistake but it was too late to come. Then she start remembering her parents who forbids him about outside of the world. And continuously she was hypnotized.
Itz a sad song about the reality of life.
anonymous Apr 27th, 4:42am report
In my humble opinion i feel like this song is about a little girl(im considering both genders btw) is tryinna take control of her/his own mind (aka the childs' mind/ teenage mind thats easy to manipulate) thats being time to time controlled by creepy pedophiles or narcissistic people.
anonymous Apr 24th, 4:34pm report
Lily was a shy young girl and was protected from the outside world for all her life. She wanted to be free though and left home. The setting sun is symbolic of the beauty and mystery of life. She left to the woods. The woods are not literal it is a metaphor for something mysterious, Such as the outside world and we know all know that the outside world is mysterious to her. So by the woods they mean society. Her parents warned her not to leave. Creatures hiding in the dark are meant to be the bad people in the world. She met another person. He told her not to worry and follow everywhere I go. either meaning he's kidnapping her or He means it in a romantic relationship kinda way. I think its the romantic relationship though because He then says later in the song," you'll be safe under my control." Witch a abusive partner would possibly say to make them feel comfortable but still being able to slip in the fact that they are superior. He is coming off as a nice guy and she goes along with it because she does know any better because she has not been in the outside world long enough to know the "wrong" crowd from the "good" crowd to be with. nobody knows when they are hypnotized so when that line came up I think it meant she knew she was so obsessed with him it almost felt like she was hypnotized to liking him. She realizes that He was making her obsessed with him in any way because He wanted to stay in the abusive relationship. when the cold thin ice broke meaning the last straw for her. She then ran out looking for help.
anonymous Apr 15th, 4:08am report
I really think this song is about a little girl survival in facing the cruel reality of the world today.. those older and way more experience with the way of the world warned her but she doesn't listen.. at some point of her life she then realize and trying to go back but then the way of the world doesn't promise anything so she just keep on trying.. this is indeed a sad story..
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anonymous Apr 13th, 4:11pm report
Well I think it's like young people just starting there life in the world ,being warned by the parents about the world that's it's not a nice place so be caerful, but most young people wanting to be free and want to gamble with life party and just be themselves but this also leads to most of their downfalls get addicted to stuff being enchanted by worldly desires.
anonymous Apr 12th, 4:13am report
honestly, i adore this song. but it's always made me think what it was about.
honestly i doubt it's about sexual things and drugs, BC in the beginning they did state "little girl" (which could happen, not saying it wouldn't) but i doubt any of that stuff has anything to do with the song. but my uppermost opinion that i lay with strong thought is that in the album:Different world. it warns you about the dangers of trusting people you don't know well. he may may have not been speaking in that direct way, but it's like most of the other songs in the album; he's talking about things that happen in real life but expressing them in different ways such as the song: diamond heart. in the song, they are talking about being scared to love again, but if they could they would and they'd do just bout anything. in most of his songs in the album they usually say: i would do anything for you (give anything to you, everything i do, i do it for you. etc.), aka. sing me to sleep, lily, diamond heart, do it all for you, etc. in a shorter way of saying it: anything for you. i know im now blabbering about some random stuff now. but it is fact. and people did warn lily
There are many ways to interpret this song.One way,(my favorite) Lily is a sad woman The world has been cruel and she suffers great depression."Castle Walls" refer to her bedroom/mind. "They told her,dont go there" She runs to the so called forest- Which you can believe isn't a metaphor, Otherwise, It is Lily's deep thoughts. The creature, is her Mind telling her to kill herself. "Mountain High, Valley low" Maybe it means she is trapped in her emotional suicidal thoughts. "just let me in" refers to the creature of her mind to hang herself.
anonymous Mar 30th, 3:11pm report
Disclaimer: Anyone who hasn't read/watched Harry Potter is going to have no fricking idea what I'm on about.
Ok but like there is absolutely no way that I was the only person who immediately thought of Lily Evans/Potter. Like...come on. "Grew up within her castle walls"? "Magic story"? Look, I am aware that this is probably not it. I know, I know. She's just who it reminded me of. Even the darker lyrics ("Starts screaming, is someone out there?/Please help me/Just let me in") could refer to her and James's time on the run from ol' Moldy Voldy and Peter's betrayal. Also, "Lily was a little girl / Afraid of the big, wide world" could mean that Lily was frightened of Hogwarts at first b/c she was a Muggleborn.
anonymous Mar 30th, 3:14am report
My interpretations are lily not being the protagonist of any story is a simple girl like others who has lot of restrictions from her parents of not interacting much with others especially with the guys... Initially she used to follow the iron cast orders of her parents but one day she fell for a sweet looking guy and started loving the way he talks...she started believing the boy's fake promises of living with her forever. But one day the boy broke her heart
anonymous Mar 22nd, 3:09am report
I think the song it about a girl and she’s rich but she wants freedom. Then one day she goes into the woods and sees a a person with horns that looks like a demon and then he promises anything she wants(love and freedom). And he hypnotize her then she gets out of it. And try’s to escape and yells for help. But then it was all a dream but he made her think that.
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