Of Monsters and Men: Yellow Light Meaning
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Yellow Light Lyrics
But everything feels so different now.
Just grab a hold of my hand,
I will lead you through this wonderland.
Water up to my knees,
But sharks are swimming in the sea.
Just follow my yellow light,
anonymous Dec 14th, 12:49am report
I always imagined the male voice as a malevolent force, leading the woman astray, deeper into danger. Like a will-o’-the-wisp. But at the end she succumbs to it and actually gains power from it. That or she finds a way to break free from it at the end, and conquers it. The lines “and I see a light; the light is blinding my eyes” show the male voice losing confidence and control for the first time and show the woman gaining confidence or certainty. The “danger” could be insanity, depression or something like that. At least that’s how it’s felt to me.
The beauty of a song as vague as this is that it has a different meaning to each listener.
It’s definitely very haunting though.
anonymous Feb 7th, 2019 2:57am report
heres what i think, i think that he (the artist) is rushing to the hospital with the girl in the back seat dying. Street lights are the yellow lights. Hes just confessing these feelings for her and stuff, and when he says that he might "make a move" is when he is looking back and regreting something that he didn't do. As he gets to the hospital or where ever, shes scared and dying, while shes dying hes holding her. well thats what i think. you dont have to agree thats just what i interpreted.
anonymous Aug 7th, 2018 8:34pm report
I believe it's about this girl's succumbing to insanity... The line that made me think about it was the "soft walls", can you think of an asylum?... But maybe the "insanity" is not real insanity, but a metaphor to being different from what society wants us to be. Anyway, in this metaphor she is "losing her plot", and the male voice represents insanity itself "welcoming" her.
"Water up to my knees" might mean she is halfway through loosing her mind, and she is scared, which is represented by the sharks...
Well, it really fits for me.
anonymous Jun 9th, 2018 6:29am report
I'm pretty sure it indicates a will-and-wisp. Google it, it only makes sense.
anonymous Jun 9th, 2018 6:27am report
I'm pretty sure it indicates a will and wisp.
anonymous Jan 13th, 2018 1:22pm report
idk what this means lol
anonymous Dec 11th, 2017 12:48pm report
I think that the girl is dreaming, It seems an oniric songs. She's having a nightmare, with monsters (the sharks,the baest, the darkness). Probably,she feels guilty for something wrong she has done or she's doing - the big warning signes.The male voice who tries to comfort her (grab my Hans, follow my Yellow light) is her hope (her lover in real life like that has become an angel,a saviour in her nightmare?) Maybe. The beast that could hear them talk is probably the morality of society, also represented by the walls that eat both... but alive! Really alive, because they have gain their freedom (to love each other).
anonymous Dec 11th, 2017 12:43pm report
I think that the girl is dreaming, an oniric songs. She's having a nightmare, with monsters (the shark,the best, the dark). Probably,she feel guilty for something wrong she has done or she's doing - the big warning signes- the male voice who tries to comfort her (grab my Hans, follow my Yellow light) is her hope (her lover in rel life like an angel,a saviour in her nightmare?) Maybe. The beast that could hear them talk is probably the morality of society, also represented by the walls that eat both... but alive! Really alive because they have gain their freedom (to love each other).
anonymous Mar 12th, 2017 3:44pm report
I always think the song is about a woman on the verge of dying who is afraid of death, and the internal struggle of her coming to terms with it.
Much of the woman's lyrics ('somewhere deep in the dark a howling beast hears us talk', 'running into the night', 'sharks are swimming in the sea') are filled with fear, especially of the unknown (death). This contrasts to the man's lyrics ('just grab a hold of my hand, I will lead you through this wonderland', 'just follow my yellow light', I dare you to close your eyes'), which are much more reassuring could either be interpreted as the woman's conscience trying to calm her down or as perhaps an angel or spirit doing the same thing. A lot of the imagery is also to do with coming into the light and away from darkness - a metaphor for dying.
This also helps to explain why the actual sung part is only around a third of the song - the rest is chanting to the sounds of marching footsteps and harmonizing music box-like notes. This is where the woman has slipped into limbo - the last three lines of the song are when she passes away and the chanting is the sounds of the dead welcoming her into the afterlife, even though she initially refuses. This is why this part is so long. She doesn't want to accept her death until the very end, when she lets go and the final notes play out and fade away as she enters the next life.
On a side note, I also read a different interpretation which is essentially the same as mine except a a little more literal - the woman is being bombed (yellow light, warning signs) and has to come to terms with her imminent death.
anonymous Feb 4th, 2017 2:36pm report
I think that the song is a bittersweet lullaby about ignoring the warning signs of entering into a clandestine relationship. He tells her to literally ignore all of the "big warning signs", "see all the colors in disguise", and let the "soft walls eat [us] alive", indicating a number of threats and challenges to vulnerability that she is being asked to overlook to "follow [his] yellow light". He is promising that she will follow him " through this wonderland", but she will do so at great peril to herself and her sense of safety and security.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2017 1:20pm report
This song is about dying and how the walls close in on you and everyone around you.
anonymous Oct 27th, 2016 10:31pm report
The way I see it, The soft walls are society. we built the world to be comforting for us, Therefore softness, but we lost the freedom that comes with nature and lack of structure, therefore walls. The girl is just now beginning to see the world outside of her tight comfort zone, the soft walls, and the man is guiding her through it, telling her not to be afraid of the warning signs, which are really just parts of the natural world. The howling beast, the sharks, ect.. are also parts of the beautiful natural world that people consumed by soft walls don't fully understand.
anonymous Jun 8th, 2016 6:56pm report
I think that this song is a representation of a bombing. When the lyrics say "everything feels so different now" it could be referring to a war. The "sharks" could be the opposing nation who are confronting them in the upcoming turmoil (The water). The warning signs may be the sirens that flare when the bombs go off. In the next part, they talk about a howling beast, which could be the leader. This could possibly apply to hitler and maybe WWII. The colors in disguise could be an individuals true identity that was masked by their religion (Jews), or some other factor that they were discriminated against. When she is running, and the earth is shaking that is literally her reacting to the bombing. The light is that of the bomb, and the soft walls that are eating them are the shock waves that destroy their body. Through out the course of the song, Ragnar seems like he is trying to convince Nanna that everything will be okay, trying to tell her that death is okay and to just grab my hand, and I will lead you through this. The music and the end is beautiful, and seems peaceful; content with dying. Thats just how I view it though :)
anonymous Oct 4th, 2015 10:33am report
no interpretation for this song: I take it first degree: a wonderful and horrible nursery rhyme.
This girl has been eaten alive by a whale or some seamonster but she doesn't realize or doesn't want to face the truth, seems like a bad dream: at least she is not alone.
anonymous May 21st, 2015 5:20pm report
This song has been one of my favorite for many years now. I personally believe it's about a person going through some traumatic event(s). The man in the song is trying to help her. Guide her. Make her feel safe. Shes weary because she has been left down by many people and she doesn't know if he really is someone she can trust. Hope.
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