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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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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    swiitsch
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    Jan 9th 2020 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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    Apr 24th 2020 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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    anonymous
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    Aug 12th 2019 report

    I think that Lily is depressed because of bullying (afraid of the big, wide world) and just hides in her room (within her castle walls)

    Then I think she tried to kill herself (she went in the woods away so afraid, all alone) but her parents warned her not to (they warned her, don't go there) but she's stubborn she still went and there she met a strange "creature" witch I think she's being followed by death (There's creatures who are hiding in the dark Then something came creeping)

    I think it's persuading her to give in and kill herself (It told her, don't you worry just...Just let me in, ooh)

    At first she is persuaded (She knew she was hypnotized and walking on cold thin ice) Then she realized what was happening and wanted to get out or probably save herself (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) but it still keeps on persuading her (It told her, don't you worry just...Just let me in, ooh)

    in short: I guess it's a story of a girl wanting to escape depression and save herself

  4. anonymous
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    Yesterday, 10:15 report

    Im pretty sure Lily is a young girl. Who is a princess, who always wanted to see the outside world. but her parents knew better, so they rried to protect her. one night after her parents went to bed (they would most likely stop her) she went out, found a "creature" ( who what it was) and she most likely heard stories of nice creatures who'd help you become anything you want. So she went out in search of one. she finds a "creature" trusts it, gets hypnotized and the creature far away from home. they somehow travel to the arctic , the ice is thin, and she falls in. Spell breaks and in an attempt to get home, she falls into captivity of the creature, and her life/death is unknown.

  5. Dasunherath
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    Apr 10th report

    Lily is a girl a little girl then she grows up.as a teenager she wants to know about the world but parent say not to go.perhaps, may be like this, she has a love with someone else then she go with her boyfriend in dusk silently because the boy friend says that i will protect you.boy was cheated.he only need lily for complete his sexual needs but he came like a loving one.maybe the boy changed,and the lily realise his changing nature(maybe the "she falls through the thin ice layer" reflects that lily lose her something valuble) she suffered, and then he ran away from him.then her asking for help to give love,affection and protection ,then he heard someone says "i will protect you"as above then the same thing repeat or finally lily's real lover will protect her.........


    (Maybe grammatical mistakes are present ,sorry)

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd report

    Disclaimer: Harry Potter reference.

    So, the first thing that came to my mind as a Harry Potter fan was Lily Evans/Potter. She is a "little girl" when she is introduced to magic, and is, in a way, afraid of all that she is yet to discover - Hogwarts, etc. The fact that she grows up within her "castle wall" indicates she grew up being protected and loved by her parents, and had little idea of how dark the world could be.

    Now, one day, she goes out and meets Severus Snape and learns all about Hogwarts and her magical abilities. "They" could refer to Petunia, who tells her to stay away from Snape, and looks down on Hogwarts. "They" could also refer to the society - Snape was a poor, odd boy from the worst part of the neighbourhood, and it was strange for Lily, who was from the better part of town, to engage with him. The usage of "creatures...in the dark" is on point, because Snape hid from Lily before revealing himself to her for the first time, and he eventually went on to become "dark" due to his ambition and unfortunate Slytherin friends.

    He is the one tells her "dont you worry" about her magic, because it was normal. He loves her, and wishes to be with her, and to keep her "safe" but she realises he has turned too dark. So Lily runs away from his friendship, and finds her and James in danger from Lord Voldemort, which is perhaps why she starts screaming for help.

    Just my interpretation :)

  7. SunnySmile05
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    Mar 11th report

    This is the scenery I having running through my head when I hear this:

    A young girl, perhaps a princess, named Lily sits on one of the castle towers looking out onto the world in front of her with a nervous gaze. A colorful sunset blankets the sky. She crouches down behind the wall of the tower shyly, her head in her lap(Lilly was a little girl, afraid of the big wide world, she grew up in her castle walls).

    She spends the evening there thinking to herself until dusk, and walks off. She goes out of the castle, and faces the dark but strangely welcoming woods in front of her. She pauses, then cautiously walks in(Now and then she tried to run, and then on the night of the setting sun, she went in the woods away so afraid all alone).

    She folds her arms frightened as she recalls her father telling her stories of bad creatures, and the scene in her thoughts is shown. It suddenly disappears as the bushes in front of her rustle, and a melodic voice starts to enchantingly sing sweet promises to her. After the lyrics, with the music solo, a beautiful alien-like dragon creature of mainly night-sky black but with strangely shaped wings filled with swirling purple hues comes out the brush and lets out an enchanting smile. It’s eyes pulse with extra circles of pink and purple as it wraps its tail around her and pulls her close, hypnotizing her with its gaze(They told 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 follow everywhere I go, top over the mountains and valley low, give you everything you’ve been dreaming of just let me in ooh ooh ooh. Everything you wanted gonna be the magic story you’ve been told and you’ll be safe under my control just let me im ooh ooh ooh).

    She gets lost in her subconscious, and find herself seemingly walking on an extremely thin sheet of ice. It breaks and she falls, as she falls she wakes up to see the creature staring at her, and for a moment it glitches into something horrifying(She knew she was hypnotized, and walking on cold thin ice, then it broke, and she awoke again.)

    She gets out of its grasp and runs as fast as her legs can carry her from the clearing it had taken her to while she was hypnotized back into the woods. She screams for help and pauses startled when she hears the melodic voice tempting her again.(Then she ran faster then, started screaming “Is there someone out there? Please help me! Come get me!” Behind her, she could hear it say “Follow everywhere I go, top over the mountains and valley low, give you everything you’ve been dreaming of just let me in ooh ooh ooh. Everything you wanted gonna be the magic story you’ve been told and you’ll be safe under my control just let me in ooh ooh ooh.”)

    As another musical part begins, she runs and later trips over a hill and gets knocked out. She awakes the sound of the creature vocalizing and covers her ears as she wobbled back up. She stands up and looks back, and has a horrified expression. The creature is now stalking towards her menacingly, and glitches from its beautiful form to a terrifying thing of a large size, blood and black liquid dripping from its jowls, revealing what it truly is and it keeps glitching like this. It sings it’s message to her once again. She stares at it, but looks behind her and sees her castle home(“Everything you wanted gonna be the magic story you’ve been told and you’ll be safe under my control just let me in ooh ooh ooh).

    As the refrain restarts and the final section of the song starts, she runs swiftly and escapes it snatching her(“Follow everywhere I go, top over the mountains and valley low, give you everything you’ve been dreaming of just let me in ooh ooh ooh”).

    She find her way out of the woods and rushes towards the castle. She springs inside the entrance and quickly closes the gates, pretty much slamming them. She leans against the doors catching her breath, and covers her ears as the creature sings out a final time(Then she ran, faster then, started screaming “Is there someone out there? Please get me!” “Just let me in ooh ooh ooh”).

    Hope someone enjoys this!

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 15th report

    Could be about a girl named Lily who was always sheltered so she decided to run away and then realized how terrible the world was when she was almost kidnapped by a terrible person and it was then that she realized why her parents treated her how they did.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 19th report

    I Think it's story of Harry Potter, i mean Lilly is Lilly Evans and then there is Petunia who thinks that blah blah blha and then Snape is triing to help and then James appears and Lilly has a crush on him and ya then snape is soooo sad and they have a baby and then they died....


    end of the story,

    Then Dumbledore said to Petunia: Hey i just met you and this is crazy your sister is dead so here's her baby.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 4th report

    I think, that lily has been blocked from the outside world by her parents, wanting to protect her from the dangers. But she doesn’t believe them and runs away, wanting to see for herself. But then she steps out into a big, vast world, that crushes her, without her even realising it. As soon as she realises how right her parents had been, she wants nothing more, than to be back home.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 3rd report

    So tbh,I'm not going with anything unrealistic because it's a true story :| I gotta say, something with kidnapping, human/sexual trafficking and just how she left the safety of her home.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  12. anonymous
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    Dec 8th report

    I think that Lily is an princess or young queen (if her parents died a while ago and she has no one to take care of her) who is afraid of going out into the world but simultaneously is getting bored of life alone in the castle, and so she often tries to run away, however she always comes back. One particular time, she runs away into the woods where she meets a creature who is telling her to follow it and that it will keep her safe. Lily is hypnotized and is about to go with the creature then realizes that she is being tricked and tries to escape the creature. The creature follows her and continues to try and persuade her to go with it, and Lily keeps on running, until she screams for help and says the same thing that the creature says, and starts turning into the creature herself. Either that or at the end she hears the creature again.

  13. Verasaii
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    Dec 7th report

    I think that this song is about a young girl who broke the rules and has to pay the price. The person\thing she has to pay to finds her but Lily refuses and runs, most likely from the thing, who I think is her Mother, or may e her ex or a abusive partner. Lily runs but the person follows her, and is telling her to trust them and not to run. Eventually Lily gives in or is captured, and then she knows she's in trouble. The mother\partner\abuser never lets her go and eventually they are at her deathbed telling her to finally trust them again, after all these years.

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 1st report

    I think that it is about a girl (Lily) whose parents loved her a lot, but she still felt alone because they told her that the world was scary, so she started keeping everything to herself (She grew up inside her castle walls) and she tried to run away, to escape her depression, but it never really happens and it just follows her, telling her that if she submits to her depression good things will happen, but I know from experience that’s not really what happens. Maybe I’m interpreting this song how I want it to be but this is my honest opinion, it’s okay if you don’t agree.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 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...

  16. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 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.

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 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...".





  18. anonymous
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    Oct 22nd 2020 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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