What does Silence mean?

Marshmello: Silence Meaning

Album cover for Silence album cover

Song Released: 2017


Silence Lyrics

Yeah, I'd rather be a lover than a fighter
'Cause all my life, I've been fighting
Never felt a feeling of comfort
All this time, I've been hiding
And I never had someone to call my own,
I'm so used to sharing
Love only left me alone
But...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 12th 2022 !⃝

    I think it's about childhood emotional/physical abuse. As a teenager you try to get out of it, but because of your trauma/attachement you end up feeling safer in violent relationships, because that's what you are used to handle, but deep down you just really want to be loved.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2021 !⃝

    After knowing this song for a while I originally thought it was about some sort of relationship but my interpretation on the song has changed now. I believe this song expresses a dark state of mind of someone who is struggling so much they think they have no better choice than to take their own life. “My whole life I feel like a burden, I think too much and I hate it,” to me is a key factor in my interpretation. This could infer that someone is overthinking and, as stated, feels like a burden to those around them. “Silence” could have to do with whoever is struggling not speaking up or asking for help.

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 15th 2020 !⃝

    Having been in some dark states of mind in life, I have a bit of a unique perspective on this song in that the “silence” that you can be “at one with” can be interpreted as the ultimate decision to end your life and finally stop the constant struggle.

    “Can’t tell me, there’s no point in trying” refers to a mind being made up to finally do it and everything else in the song just kind of fits: “all my life I’ve been fighting.”

    “My whole life I felt like a burden. I think too much and I hate it.”

    “I’m tired of caring.”

    “Loving only left me alone.”

    ...

    “I found peace (a way out) in your violence, can’t tell me (or talk me out of it), there’s no point in trying.”

    “I’m at one (with the decision to end the suffering), and I’ve been silent for so long (no one knows or understands, so goodbye).”

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2023 !⃝

    It's about liking someone who u can't be with and though u know that it's never going to end well, u keep trying hoping it will work and though Hi u hide ur feelings from them bcuz ur scared it might ruin everything sometimes u feel like just telling them and see what's the worst that would happen.
    (An introverts crush)

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  5. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2023 !⃝

    It's about liking someone who u can't be with and though u know that it's never going to end well, u keep trying hoping it will work and though u hide ur feelings from them bcuz ur scared it might ruin everything sometimes u feel like just telling them and see what's the worst that would happen.
    (And introverts crush)

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 23rd 2022 !⃝

    I think this song is about bullying. Being an outcast and having none of your words matter. The line "I find peace in your violence,you can't tell me there is no point in trying" makes me think its bullying

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  7. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2022 !⃝

    My interp of this song could be that it’s about an abusive childhood that could have occurred. In the song Khalid speaks about “cause all my life I’ve been fighting, I’ve never felt a feeling of comfort but all this time I’ve been modest” the interp of this could be lack of love in the younger years of people’s lives and that all ur life you’ve been fighting for it, and that u
    You’ve seen ur parents of care givers fighting and abusing eachother.

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 28th 2022 !⃝

    I always thought he was building up the courage to break the silence, and counting down to himself and working up to it. When he gets to the part where he sings 'i'm at one' it feels like he's counted down to himself, like '321 here we go' and breaking the silence. Mustering the courage to break the silence.

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2022 !⃝

    i got this from the genius website that explains the meaning.


    A collab that Marshmello had hinted at dating back to July 22, 2017, “Silence” tells the story of someone struggling with their emotional well-being and confidence in developing relationships. As the song progresses to the chorus, Khalid expresses the strength that the storyteller has found to overcome their fears of talking and deciding to break the “silence” they’ve felt trapped in up until now.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2022 !⃝

    I think there are a lot of LGBTQ people who would deeply connect to this song. I understand the true meaning of this song is unrelated, but I connect this with the struggle of coming out and not experiencing acceptance. Feeling comfort in coming out, even it wasn't peaceful. Ready to move forward. No longer keeping a secret you once thought would destroy you. The singer is at peace with whatever consequences of coming out may have, because its less painful than loneliness.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2021 !⃝

    Having listening deep..this talks about someone that feels lost and almost about to giveup in relationship and with his innerself at once but wakes up motivated one day and feels enough is enough

  12. anonymous
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    May 28th 2021 !⃝

    feelings that you want to let go but you cant otherwise people will make fun of you because of the person you like. or you are too shy to tell that person your feelings

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2021 !⃝

    Id rather be a lover than a fighter means hes always been fighting depression/innerdemons/
    Innerconflict, but wants to find love in order to block out whatever hes been fighting

    Never felt the feeling of comfort all this time ive been hiding means hes never felt love and instead of going out to search for it hes been hiding for fear of being rejected

    And ive never had someone to call my own im so used to shareing love only left me alone means that hes never found love but hes so used to sharing his thoughts/feelings hes prob tired of sharing with just anyone he feels that vuz hes never found love by being strait forord that love has left him lonly

    But im at one with the silence means hes finaly accepted being single and without love and doesnt mind being alone anymore

    I found peace in your violence cant tell me theres no point in trying im at one and ive been silent for too long means hes found the "eye of the storm"in his life and theres no point in trying to tell him hes useless/unloved/unwanted anymore and hes finaly come out with his feelings again

    Im in need of a savior but im not asking for favors means hes realized he needs to come out and talk to someone but hes not going to say anything cuz hes afraid of rejection

    My whole life ive felt like a burden i think too much and i hate it means hes always felt like an outcast and an unwanted weight hanging off of anyone he hangs out with and he always thinks without action and he wants to change but dosent know how to

    Im so used to being in the wrong in tired of caring meana hes always been rejected and shut down and told hes wrong so hes just so sick of it all he doesnt care anymore

    Loveing never gave me a home so ill sit here in the silence means hes never found love or a good one anyway so he now takes comfort in the isolation of silence and lonlyness

    Ive found peace in your violence cant tell me theres no point in tryingim at one and ive been quiet for too long

    Sorry if its a little hard for you guys to read my phone is acting drunk so my appologes
    I also cant spell to save my life so yeah sorry

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2021 !⃝

    As someone who's experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, and emotional abuse.. this song hits very close to home and to me the song is being pretty literal. Anyone who grew up in an abusive household can probably relate to this song, especially with experiencing prolonged abuse with no one to protect you.

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 5th 2020 !⃝

    I think sometimes people get comfortable with the demons in their head. They’ve gotten so used to constantly beating themselves up that the idea of overcoming the inner turmoil seems unachievable. Specifically to me the sound represents how you can become content with struggling with an issue to the point where you lose hope. “Show me there’s no point in trying” as in: show me there’s no point in trying to conform to societal standards, you can never be fully accepted by everyone. Show me there’s no point in trying to change myself, because people will find something wrong with me anyway. From now on, letting it go. All the weight you’re carrying on your shoulders to try to be accepted by people who don’t even matter. Letting go the person who turned you down. Letting your past sins go, letting all the mistakes you’ve made go, like a faded memory.

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 10th 2020 !⃝

    I think that we all need to take a step back and realize that violence is not the answer to any scenario. There are so many people out there that are fighting so many battles on there own. And they feel so alone and feel like no one is there for them. But they are not alone because they will always have someone there for them. I know what is like when Khaild says
    "I've been quiet for too long
    I've been quiet for too long
    I found peace in your violence
    Can't tell me there's no point in trying
    I'm at one, and I've been quiet for too long" Because this is what I have been doing.
    (Loving never gave me a home, so I'll sit here in the silence)
    This is what I have felt like before. But now I have found an amazing family who loves me. And my boyfriend has shown me that I will never be alone and that I will always be loved. And I have never felt so loved.

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2019 !⃝

    This song to me is someone who actually craves love or to be in love.
    But they'll rather stay single/ silent for certain reasons like.
    *Can't talk or express their romantical feelings towards someone.
    *Have been hurt before by expressing their feelings.
    *Was rejected when they expressed their feelings.
    *Or they were teased for feeling the way they do.

    So they find peace in being alone. It is not that they haven't tried being in a relationship but it always ends up bad. Where he found out he has being sharing this person's love with another. So to hide from the pain of getting hurt. He keeps his feelings to himself...

  18. anonymous
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    Oct 3rd 2019 !⃝

    It is a song with dual meaning in my opinion. First is the more personal one which seem to have already been discussed a lot already. A man who just want to end an emotionally abusive relationship and just be who he is and stop hiding it. The other is a societal one about the relationship between African-Americans as well as those of darker complexion and the rift caused by the abuses the “white society” has inflicted physical, emotional, and spiritual violence up on their brothers and sisters of color. The song is one where the person talks about having come to terms that the cycle will likely never end and that their voices have been disregarded so they eventually stopped speaking up. In the end though it is too much and the refuse to stay silent, no matter what happens next they won’t be silenced.

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