The Neighbourhood: Afraid Meaning
Song Released: 2013
When I wake up I’m afraid, somebody else might take my place
Paid that money, fake that dummy, ache my tummy
On the fence, all the time
Paid junk honey, face so sunny, ain’t that...
anonymous Jun 20th, 2018 6:12am report
To me, it has two interpretations, although I think there is a beauty in that these lyrics are so applicable to different people and different experiences. One is the social anxiety part where one is fearful that everyone dislikes them, and that even that even their friends could easily replace them, and how horrible it is to like thinking like that. The other is from the perspective of someone suffering from a personally disorder, not knowing or nessessarily having control over their actions and how they might hurt people, and not knowing what mood or identity will take control from day to day.
anonymous Oct 7th, 2017 10:23am report
Sounds a lot like borderline personality disorder. The fear that you might be replaced, horrible self-esteem, constantly switching between idolizing and then devaluing someone, no stable sense-of-self, etc. This song explains what it is like in the head of someone with the disorder; at least it relates to my experience.
anonymous Jul 15th, 2017 7:19am report
for me this song means how social anxiety can make you feel. for example the part "you're to mean i don't like you etc." part is explaining how people that suffer with social anxiety think that everyone hates them. also "when i wake up i'm afraid someone else might end up being me" explains how he feels one day he can be replaced by a loved one & how he feels alone which someone with social anxiety can relate too. coming from a person who struggles with it this is what i think the song is about
anonymous May 28th, 5:43pm report
I’d say it’s about BPD (borderline personality disorder) because of the fear of abandonment and being replaced. Feeling like you don’t matter to a person and that someone else could easily replace you. Coming from my personal experiences with my fear of abandonment, I get attacked to people, and really care about them, then feel as if they’ll replace me, that they’ll get tired of me and toss me out. I hate them for it, and I’m so angry that they could do that to me, even if they might not, but I’m still attached and I cannot let them go. That just reminds me of the lyrics, about being afraid, and then talking about how they don’t like a person for it. I dunno, this is just my opinion lmao-
anonymous Dec 11th, 2017 12:35pm report
When I hear this song; it's himself that he's talking about. Being ashamed of who he is and his thoughts. He can't be who he wants to be and is trapped inside of himself. Someone taking his place when he wakes up is the fear of losing yourself inside of yourself. The pretense of being someone you are not and never having the chance to be your own person. His own self is being wiped away because for him, it sucks to be who he is and the facade of hiding from himself is to change his outward appearance so others can't see who he really is... in other words he does not want people to see something he is hiding...
anonymous Apr 24th, 2017 4:53pm report
It's basically about being easily replaced and feeling isolated and alone which we all feel at different points in our life and today is the day I feel it.
anonymous Nov 30th, 2016 11:06pm report
I think that this song is about the anxiety and fear of not showing enough individuality. Also i can interpret the songs meaning as being isolated, alone, and depressed. Meaning if he left no one would care and he would be easily replaced by someone else. I feel as if i can relate to this song with the events of my own life. This song portrays feelings that others can relate to therefore many people can relate to this and enjoy this song.
anonymous Dec 9th, 2015 12:07pm report
This song is really deep and depress, it's from the point of view of a person who feels alone like he could be easily replaced, in a relationship or in a friendship way, pretending happyness hiding pain and insecurity, he says to himself that he is not the problem and the others people are mean and bad
anonymous May 14th, 2015 5:52pm report
For me this song means that he feels easily replaced. Like if he could just forgotten easily.
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