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Lily Lyrics

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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    Jan 9th, 1:16pm 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

    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.

    Religious (Christian)
    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.


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    Sep 5th, 2019 9:49am report

    IT is about drugs.. drug addiction.. how drugs like heroin seduce you because you get addicted so fast and it feels so good. In the song she realizes she is addicted and tries to reach out for help... but the addiction keeps coming back and in the end it seems like she still keeps fighting it. I mean clearly it is about drugs atleast for me because its RELATEABLE but like just analyze the lyrics and you´ll get it.


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    Jul 29th, 2019 7:59pm report

    i believe that there is a hidden meaning to this song. just that it is not obvious. To me, this song clearly say something about our loss to something we should not go with. Talking about the lyrics, in a religion perspective, I think this song is trying to say what this creature or the Dajal in the end of the world will control us and convince us to follow him through his deception and in the song too the girl representing us humans, aware that we are into something wrong but we can let it go due to the control by them which bring us closer to the pit hole. So either this song is trying to warn people or the Dajal, the creature that will conquer the world as a test to humans faith in god. or to promote him to the world.


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    Mar 22nd, 3:09am report

    I think the song it about a girl and she’s rich but she wants freedom. Then one day she goes into the woods and sees a a person with horns that looks like a demon and then he promises anything she wants(love and freedom). And he hypnotize her then she gets out of it. And try’s to escape and yells for help. But then it was all a dream but he made her think that.


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    Mar 10th, 3:11am report

    I think the song is a princess and she escapes her castle and goes into the enchanted forest meets a dark creature and hypnotizes her she thinks she is put but the creature damns her to her own hell inside her mind thinking that she escaped but she never does forcing her mind to break.


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    Mar 9th, 3:20pm report

    I feel like Lily was an innocent girl, as this song shows the transfer from her innocence to the real and dark reality of our world. I think the castle walls were her childhood, and this song is depicting her leaving the safety of her home, being tricked and manipulated by the harsh world. I believe she is trapped later, mentally or physically, and is trying to escape. When she finally does, I think she is enticed again and trapped once more, showing how cruel and horrible the reality of our world, as Lily falls into a state of depression.


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    Mar 6th, 3:56pm report

    Whenever I hear this song I think of sex trafficking. It may be dark, but it makes sense. She was afraid and her parents warned her not to trust strangers, specifically on the internet unless you can prove they are who they say they are. The man (or woman, I suppose) who tries to lure her in generally tends to get the girl he will kidnap to believe her life is bad and that he can offer her more--hence the line "Give you everything you've been dreaming of, just let me in, ooh." Another detail is that she is trying to escape. If you were a victim of human trafficking you would want to escape as well.
    "You'll be safe under my control," meaning the antagonist, whatever it is, is controlling her.


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    Feb 29th, 2:25pm report

    It mean someone fart on lily and she go coma. She woke up hypnosisied. She then mwaaaa like me like wa like ew diapers u (a)


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    Feb 22nd, 2:37am report

    I think it was about a girl who is powerless and depressed, yet young and beautiful full of dreams. The walls is her home where she finds stressful and hopeless. People who tries to warn her are her friends or family. She runs into the woods which means deep into the dangerous world full of unpredictable people/strangers. And there she met a stranger (maybe rich bad people) who wants deep relationship with her in exchange for wealth and love. Little did she know they are bad guys. And then when she made a deal it was far more worse than her previous situation and she couldn't go back. Cause there's no turning back >_<


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    Feb 21st, 2:36am report

    I think this is about a girl who is troubled, so she escapes from her castle and a monster invades her head and she struggles to fight it as it controls her.


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    Feb 12th, 2:37pm report

    I believe lily is a girl who gets into woods (bar) creatures hiding dark (men) the creepy thing(a good looking guy)wanting to have sexual relationship with her. After she believes his lies she gives in and have relationship with him but soon realises it was a mistake she tries to break free but he sweet talk her into it into the abusive relationship.


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    Feb 7th, 2:06pm report

    I think that Lily is scared of the creatures outside, and the castle walls being her home. Her parents told her not to go to the woods because of the dangerous creatures, but she went anyways. She meets a spirit that possesses her to take her body ( in my opinion ) and since Lily doesn't escape, the spirit takes over her body.


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    Feb 6th, 2:41pm report

    Maybe it's about a girl who gets lost and she is being controlled by a demon creature and she is in enchanted world.


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    Jan 14th, 1:22pm report

    Demonic posession seems like the answer which makes the most sense to me.
    My theory:

    Basically the demon persuades her to let her and tells her:
    "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 wantin' gonna be the magic story you've been told
    And you'll be safe under my control
    Just let me in, ooh"

    There is numerous parts in the song she tries to escape:

    "Then she ran faster than
    Start screaming, is there someone out there?
    Please help me"

    Which usually follows up with the demon behind her trying to presuade her more, however in the last line it's the girl saying:

    "Just let me in, ooh"


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    Jan 12th, 1:44pm report

    I believe this song is about a girl in an abusive relationship since she grew up so protected. Then she ran away and met someone who could give her what she wanted and eventually she saw the reality of her situation and tried to escape. In the end, music is a form of art and we can choose to interpret it however we would like to so for others this song way be just a fairy tail of have a deeper philosophical and ideological interpretation.

    One could see this as a comment on capitalism where the protection of her family is the protection of a socialist society where we are all equal and safe but she wanted to venture out and find her own means when she runs into a creature (capitalism) and it tells her it can give her everything she has ever wanted but eventually she realizes that she was fooled and is now seeking to return back to a system where she is helped by others


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    Jan 9th, 1:47am report

    I think in this son Alan Walker is praising darkness cause there isn't any end of the song ie,Lilly hasn't escaped from the creature which stands for darkness


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    Dec 22nd, 12:16pm report

    I looked it up bcz alan walker actually said this was the meaning.
    .. So its bout a girl who is in an Abusive relationship and she doesnt ntoice this but other ppl try to warn her but she just thinks they r over reacting. The bad man tells her hell gov her ANYTHING she beloeves him tho. Later the abusion gets physical so she trys to escape it but nobody listens so she just keeps trying but she never escapes sadly


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    Dec 22nd, 12:09pm report

    I think that Lily is about well actually IDK lol just beleave what u wanna believe

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