Alan Walker: Lily Meaning
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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...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:
Elements to Interpret:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous 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.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous 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
anonymous Today, 13:05 report
Here's my two (possibly ill-concieved) cents:
There are many different ways you can interpret this (trafficking, drugs, relationship, mental issues) but the general idea seems to be one person/thing (say the monster) taking advantage of another person (say lily) and when lily finds this out she tries to escape but the monster invokes fear in her and does not let her escape.
anonymous Jul 21st, 10:20 report
Well I think it is about a girl named lily and her parents told hr not to go outside i think its like tangled but at last means "walking in the cold thin ice" would be like she had guts about the relationship and then she knew that he was just using her or kidnaping and then she ran out again and was begging for help
Hope you like the explanation
TW! Sexual Abuse - Abusive Relationships - Abusive Parents - Rape
If you are uncomfortable with any of these topics, this is not for you!
This came across me suddenly. There are some comments that I scrolled through that were on the same wavelength as how I see it, but none that truly see what I see.
If you listen real closely, it seems as if Lily is in a sexually abusive relationship.
It starts off by saying that Lily grew up in castle walls. This suggests her being sheltered. What sheltered insinuates is unknown.
It could mean innocence, helicopter parents, or even abusive (although I would not say physically) parents. I personally see it as helicopter-borderline emotionally abusive. However, it could mean just innocence and she would have a desire to explore. For the sake of convience, I will continue with the helicopter parent route with mild emotional abuse.
Lily, due to the helicopter/abusive relation with her parents, wants to flee the nest. So, she runs away from the situation at a young age (before adulthood).
While roaming the streets trying to hide (the forest of concrete), she runs into a man. The age of this man is unknown, but I see it to be a older man (probably pedophilia) because of his silver tongue.
The man becomes infatuated. He sees a young, pretty girl. He sees a meal. A meal that doesn't even know how much danger she is in because her parents suppressed her growth.
Lily continues to hang out with the man, probably seeing him as a friend. She is completely oblivious of his true intentions. Of course, he makes advances that Lily finds to be uncomfortable, but she hasn't had friends before so she just thinks it's normal.
Eventually, he makes his move. He uses Lily's innocence to sexually abuse her. This is when he starts to enchant her with adventures.
However, these adventures are him roaming her body.
"From the top of mountains (her breasts/chest) to the valley low (her bottom)."
"Just let me in." I'm pretty sure you should be able to infer what I see with this line.
When Lily wakes up, she's realizing that he isn't her friend. She's lost that innocence. She feels violated, used. With the spontaneous discovery comes the overwhelming to run. Afterall, she's already done it once.
So she does. She's in a shady, ghetto part of town. People here would be more than willing to repeat the man's actions or worse.
Even if she were to get to the main street before the man caught up for her and call for help, nothing would end up happening. It's not uncommon for people on the streets to openly ignore someone calling for help. Situations when people are getting stabbed in broad daylight could have easily been stopped if one of the many bystanders there had taken action, but they hadn't.
So even when she runs, begging for help, she doesn't receive any. The man catches up to her and drags her back. She's stuck.
Of course, the song is open ended, but it wouldn't be a stretch to say that she had been abused (sexually, physically, emotionally, mentally) until her death. Whether the man snapped and killed her for her insubordination or if she took her own life in a desperate hope to escape from the inescapable situation.
My interpretation was rather dark, but I feel like it adequately covers all the major points, and brings awareness to real issues within the world. This situation is one that many people suffer, so it seems much more meaningful if this is the intention behind the song (although it is near guaranteed I'm just reading into it too much).
Hope you enjoy my little theory!
anonymous Jun 7th report
(This is just for fun.)
I believe that lily was resembling something like Gravity falls (shh, I can dream) "She new she was hypnotized and on cold thin ice then it broke and she awoke again" I believe it represents well, y'know hypnosis, but I think it can get deeper, "everything you wantin' gonna be the magic story you've been told" Sounds like manipulation. (Here me out.) "She went into the woods away so afraid. All alone" hmm, that sounds really familiar, (lmao wth am I doing.) What if she went into the woods (Here me out ×2) and found a creature, "you'll be safe under my control." Probably ended up Killing her, (idk I'm bored.) What do you think?
I think its about a heartbroken grown up woman and Lily is her inner child. Living life in deception and building up walls. Apparently, she decided to face her fear and take a leap of faith and try to love again. Her mature self trying to pull her inner child from going further as she is afraid to might be hurt again. This man she met, told her"dont you worry just follow everywhere I go...." She knew that all men is the same - jerk, but chooses to believe in love again.. Her gut feeling gave her false alarm.. there is no such things as true love. She was deep down broken, feeling helpless and trying to survive another day.
anonymous May 21st report
I think its about a heartbroken grown up woman and Lily is her inner child. Living life in deception and building up walls. Apparently, she decided to face her fear and take a leap of faith and try to love again. Her mature self trying to pull her inner child from going further as she is afraid to might be hurt again. This man she met, told her "dont you worry just follow everywhere I go...." She knew that all men is the same - jerk, but chooses to believe in love again.. Her gut feeling gave her false alarm.. there is no such things as true love. She was deep down broken, feeling helpless and trying to survive another day.
anonymous May 5th report
At first, I only heard the literal interpretation, but then I dug deeper. Now- hear me out.
(A: Lily is a teenage girl) (B: that was afraid of growing up and responsibilities as a little kid.) (C: Her parents keep her cooped up all day, and warn her about) (D: highschool, as well as) (E: shady students that she should avoid.) They told her 'Don't go there' (Don't get into that kind of trouble). (F: As she grew to a teen, Lily was so lonely, and wished for love from someone. She decided to sneak out.) (H: Lily met a bad student, and was mesmerized by them.) (G: When the person realized, they decided to take advantage of her, asking if they cared enough to do anything for them, legal or not.) (G: Lily agreed, and was now under full 'hypnosis'.) (I: By this time, she had done all of the bidding for them, and was now 'walking on thin ice' or 'doing something risky'. She had been caught commiting a crime and was on the run when the high-schooler she met came sprinting to her with a cop, yelling 'That's the girl!' (or something along those lines). The ice shattered, she was now in trouble, and she realized that they had never loved them back.) (J: Lily ran, screaming for help, even though she knew it was pointless.)
I guess this is a story about how you shouldn't associate with bad people.
anonymous Apr 21st 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.
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)
anonymous 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 :)
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!
anonymous 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.
anonymous Jan 19th 2021 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.
anonymous Jan 4th 2021 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.
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