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Lily was a little girl
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...

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    anonymous
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    Apr 24th, 2020 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.




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    swiitsch
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    Jan 9th, 2020 1:16pm report


    Elements to Interpret:
    A: Lily
    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

    Literal
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    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.

    Political
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    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.

    Religious (Christian)
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    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.

    Historical
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    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.

    Sexual
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    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.

    Psychological
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 22nd, 2020 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 >_<



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    anonymous
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    Nov 24th, 11:01 report


    I always thought it was kind of about a little girl named Lilly, and her parents sort of blocked her off from the world, but one day, by nightfall, she ran away as she had many times but this time she made it to the dark woods and got lost, people had warned her that the woods were dangerous, and then some creature came and started singing her a siren-like song of safety and dreams if she let it into her head, but she kept up her mental blockage until the darkness swallowed her, she soon woke from the trance and was even more lost, so she ran away, calling for help, and behind her, she could hear he creature start up its song again...she was getting surrounded by darkness again, but she pushed through and ran away again, calling for help, but her calls were cut short by the last verse of the creatures enchanting song...



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    anonymous
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    Nov 23rd, 01:39 report


    okay so in the first few lines its obvious that she is a lil girl who has got no experience when it comes to dealing with the outside world. we can safely say its foreign or alien to her. She has lived in comfort which required 0 talks outside her safe heaven um probably. but the more we cage something or someone the larger the desire will be to get out at the first opportunity. so because she was "caged" the more she wanted to escape. but the question is, escape to what. where she wants to go, its alien to her. but she finds that "unknown" fascinating or new? because until and unless we dont experience something we wouldnt know how bad it is or it can get. time and again the song used creatures. now its used in a way as if the girl is being warned to be aware of these "creatures". now when we are warned? when something has the potential to harm us.but who carries the greatest potential to harm other than us humans? (this is purely what I firmly believe in) . it will be v easy to lure lilly into believing by these "creatures" that they will only do her good. because she carries nothing but 0 experience and innocence with her. which is the perfect deal any "creature" could ever get. I will just directly take you to my point. If there was a kid and someone had to harm or assault or harm in any possible way the only thing they will do is, win your trust. but how? because when nothing works, lies suffice. only that can satisfy. same here. to promise her that "we" will guide you is basically an invitation for them to feed off her later. when something wrong happens, you know. your body knows. your gut knows. no matter how fragile your understanding of the world or its peoplr may be. you will know it when something wrong happens or is going to happen. intuitions works like a miracle. like a blessing. she knew too what potential these creatures have when it comes to doing damage. "she knew she was hypnotized". just that thin ice had to break and all her expectations of the "perfect outside world" will come crashing down. and if the ice doesnt break now it could lead to more brutal things which would even surpass her intuitions.she screams for help. she demands help. but from whom? we are surrounded with "creatures". one leaves and the other catches us or could catch her. even the pitch of her voice or anyones voice matters when ask for help. because it could be silenced at the blink of a eye. she knew her decision to run from her lil world to the outside world is a mistake she will have to live with forever.because she demanded a bit too much from the real world who couldnt even live up to her innocent beliefs and expectations.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 19th, 11:39pm report


    I feel like Lily is about someone going through some sort of mental health issue. Yes- I know that sounds kind of naive- but that's how I interpret it

    First verse:
    Lily was a little girl
    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

    Lily (the person that's being told in the song), was said to be a young girl (it could be a boy). She was afraid of the world (my perspective, she was afraid of how people would judge her). "She grew up within her castle walls", meaning that she grew up in darkness. "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". She tried to fight of the darkness". She tried to fight of the dark thoughts, but failed. Instead she went "in the woods away so afraid, all alone" meaning that she went into depression, and she was afraid because she thinks that nobody can help her.

    Second verse:
    They warned her, don't go there
    There's creatures who are hiding in the dark
    Then something came creeping
    It told her, don't you worry just

    "They warned her, don't go there there's creatures who are hiding in the dark". People tried to warn her that depression is treacherous. The "creatures of the dark" meant that there was going to be negative thoughts.

    Third verse:
    Follow everywhere I go
    Top over the mountains or valley low
    Give you everything you've been dreaming of
    Just let me in, ooh
    Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told
    And you'll be safe under my control
    Just let me in, ooh
    Just let me in, ooh

    "Then something came creeping-" a suicidal thought. "It told her, dont worry just follow everywhere I go top over the mountains or valley low give you everything you've been dreaming of just let me in... Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told and you'll be safe under my control just let me in...". She was considering of suicide, and thought of all the positive outcomes of it.

    Fourth verse:
    She knew she was hypnotized
    And walking on cold thin ice
    Then it broke, and she awoke again
    Then she ran faster than
    Start screaming, "Is there someone out there?"
    Please help me
    Come get me
    Behind her, she can hear it say

    "She knew she was hypnotized and walking on cold thin ice then it broke, and she awoke again". She became self-cautious and she knew she had depression. "Then she ran faster than start screaming, "Is there someone out there?" Please help me come get me". Lily tried to get help and it failed because it says "behind her, she can hear it say-" it meant that the suicidal thoughts found her.

    Fifth verse:
    Follow everywhere I go
    Top over the mountains or valley low
    Give you everything you've been dreaming of
    Just let me in, ooh
    Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told
    And you'll be safe under my control
    Just let me in, ooh
    Just let me in, ooh

    "-Follow everywhere I go top over the mountains or valley low give you everything you've been dreaming of just let me in... Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told and you'll be safe under my control just let me in...". It tried to "persuade" her of committing suicide and tell her of the happy outcomes of it again.

    Sixth verse:
    Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
    Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
    Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told
    And you'll be safe under my control
    Just let me in, ooh

    It kept trying to persuade her

    Seventh verse:
    Follow everywhere I go
    Top over the mountains or valley low
    Give you everything you've been dreaming of
    Just let me in, ooh
    Then she ran faster than
    Start screaming, "Is there someone out there?"
    Please help me
    Just let me in, ooh

    "...Then she ran faster than start screaming, "Is there someone out there?" Please help me" she tried to fight off the thoughts again and try to get help. While she did that, she can hear the thoughts echoing behind her mind, which explains on why it says "Just let me in...".







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    anonymous
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    Oct 22nd, 10:51pm report


    My first impression was that the creature is a demon that's trying to control Lily and she can't escape it. It's kinda a dark song. (Though I guess a demon might not fit the whole "true story" thing)



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    anonymous
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    Oct 17th, 10:15am report


    Lily was a little girl
    (She’s naive)

    Afraid of the big, wide world She grew up within her castle walls
    (shunned her whole life forcing her to remain alone)

    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
    (Wanting nothing more than to be loved she decides to take a chance)

    They warned her, don't go there There's creatures who are hiding in the dark
    (people have warned her of others who will take advantage and lie to her)

    Then something came creeping It told her, “don't you worry just Follow everywhere I go Top over the mountains or valley low Give you everything you've been dreaming of Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told And you'll be safe under my control Just let me in”
    (She met someone too good to be true)

    She knew she was hypnotized And walking on cold thin ice
    (She’s in love. The words of those who warned her remain in the back of her head but she stays)

    Then it broke, and she awoke again
    (The person of her dreams breaks her heart and shes see’s the truth)

    Then she ran faster than Start screaming, "Is there someone out there? Please help me Come get me”
    (She’s desperate for love and continues to search)

    Behind her, she can hear it say “Follow everywhere I go Top over the mountains or valley low Give you everything you've been dreaming of Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told And you'll be safe under my control
    (She ends up in the same situation she was before)

    Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told
    And you'll be safe under my control
    Follow everywhere I go
    Top over the mountains or valley low
    Give you everything you've been dreaming of
    Just let me in, ooh
    Then she ran faster than
    Start screaming, "Is there someone out there?"
    Please help me
    Just let me in, ooh
    (She never learns her lesson and falls in love again and again only to have her heart broken)



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    anonymous
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    Sep 6th, 9:33am report


    I think lily is us that are curious and deppressed lily runs from home and finds the darker side of life it tells her to let it control her. I also think it could be her getting posessed by the darker side (just my opinoin).



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    anonymous
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    Sep 3rd, 9:02pm report


    I just think this song is a girl who is afraid of what people might think of her, but she got bored of being hidden away all the time. The forest is the world itself, horrible and cruel. They are corrupted by demons, and I feel Lily is the cross between the good and bad. That's basically the gist.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 2nd, 9:20pm report


    I think that it is an alternate universe Snape and Lily. I'm a potterhead so this obviously makes sense to me, and the breaking ice is when Snape called her a mudblood.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 29th, 8:00pm report


    Sadly, I think it’s clearly about a young girl trapped by a pimp. This is one of the main paths to prostitution; it starts when a young naïve person(it absolutely happens to boys too) has some metal health issues, or abusive/negligent parents, is in the foster system, or a myriad of other things that could make a child unsafe in the world. Those same children also don’t have any guidance from trusted guardians, they know the “shouldn’t” do certain things just by observing society/media... but no one they love and trust is warning them. So when a predator comes to them promising them the world and saying all the right things (cause the predator is practiced at this) they fall prey. If they try to escape later- either their drug addiction, lack of financial resources, shame at what they have “done” (in reality how they were abused), and having no family network...they fall back to the only stability and (false) security they have - the predator.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 16th, 8:46am report


    I think lily here is a girl who is being forced to succumb to her dominants wishes. He keeps on trying to provide her with a false sense of security and the ice breaking means that she has finally gotten ahold of things and now with all that panic she is afraid



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    anonymous
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    Aug 16th, 8:52am report


    I only think that this song is about.. A girl who wants to do something against her parents will or she doesn't want her parents controlling her life choices since she thinks she's old enough to be independent and now able to make choices but one thing she doesn't know is that adulthood is very very depressing and hard interpreting the creatures haunting her mind. depression, anxiety, stress and etc. The thin ice that broked is her realising how hard it is really is, how cruel it can really be. And now she tries to go back when it's too late.

    English is not my main language but I tried :)

    -Jextra



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    anonymous
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    Aug 14th, 8:58pm report


    I think the song is just supposed to mean lots of things. It says it's a true story so it has to be realistic. That eleiminates, the "Creatures" are something else



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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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...



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    anonymous
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    May 27th, 2020 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



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