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...
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.
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2020 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 >_<
anonymous Apr 24th, 2020 4:34pm 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.
anonymous Oct 22nd, 13:51 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)
anonymous Oct 17th, 10:15am report
Lily was a little girl
Afraid of the big, wide world She grew up within her castle walls
(shunned her whole life forcing her to remain alone)
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
(Wanting nothing more than to be loved she decides to take a chance)
They warned her, don't go there There's creatures who are hiding in the dark
(people have warned her of others who will take advantage and lie to her)
Then something came creeping It told her, “don't you worry just Follow everywhere I go Top over the mountains or valley low Give you everything you've been dreaming of 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 met someone too good to be true)
She knew she was hypnotized And walking on cold thin ice
(She’s in love. The words of those who warned her remain in the back of her head but she stays)
Then it broke, and she awoke again
(The person of her dreams breaks her heart and shes see’s the truth)
Then she ran faster than Start screaming, "Is there someone out there? Please help me Come get me”
(She’s desperate for love and continues to search)
Behind her, she can hear it say “Follow everywhere I go Top over the mountains or valley low Give you everything you've been dreaming of Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told And you'll be safe under my control
(She ends up in the same situation she was before)
Everything you want in gold, I'll be the magic story you've been told
And you'll be safe under my control
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
(She never learns her lesson and falls in love again and again only to have her heart broken)
anonymous Sep 6th, 9:33am report
I think lily is us that are curious and deppressed lily runs from home and finds the darker side of life it tells her to let it control her. I also think it could be her getting posessed by the darker side (just my opinoin).
anonymous Sep 3rd, 9:02pm report
I just think this song is a girl who is afraid of what people might think of her, but she got bored of being hidden away all the time. The forest is the world itself, horrible and cruel. They are corrupted by demons, and I feel Lily is the cross between the good and bad. That's basically the gist.
anonymous Sep 2nd, 9:20pm report
I think that it is an alternate universe Snape and Lily. I'm a potterhead so this obviously makes sense to me, and the breaking ice is when Snape called her a mudblood.
anonymous Aug 29th, 8:00pm report
Sadly, I think it’s clearly about a young girl trapped by a pimp. This is one of the main paths to prostitution; it starts when a young naïve person(it absolutely happens to boys too) has some metal health issues, or abusive/negligent parents, is in the foster system, or a myriad of other things that could make a child unsafe in the world. Those same children also don’t have any guidance from trusted guardians, they know the “shouldn’t” do certain things just by observing society/media... but no one they love and trust is warning them. So when a predator comes to them promising them the world and saying all the right things (cause the predator is practiced at this) they fall prey. If they try to escape later- either their drug addiction, lack of financial resources, shame at what they have “done” (in reality how they were abused), and having no family network...they fall back to the only stability and (false) security they have - the predator.
anonymous Aug 16th, 8:46am report
I think lily here is a girl who is being forced to succumb to her dominants wishes. He keeps on trying to provide her with a false sense of security and the ice breaking means that she has finally gotten ahold of things and now with all that panic she is afraid
anonymous Aug 16th, 8:52am report
I only think that this song is about.. A girl who wants to do something against her parents will or she doesn't want her parents controlling her life choices since she thinks she's old enough to be independent and now able to make choices but one thing she doesn't know is that adulthood is very very depressing and hard interpreting the creatures haunting her mind. depression, anxiety, stress and etc. The thin ice that broked is her realising how hard it is really is, how cruel it can really be. And now she tries to go back when it's too late.
English is not my main language but I tried :)
anonymous Aug 14th, 8:58pm report
I think the song is just supposed to mean lots of things. It says it's a true story so it has to be realistic. That eleiminates, the "Creatures" are something else
anonymous Jun 28th, 6:11am report
Lily is a princess who will become queen soon so her parents are very over protective and she wants freedom so one day she runs away into the woods and meets a creature that wants to overthrow the royal family and Lily let's her into the castle and the creature hypnotizes lily then a little while later she she wakes up and starts screaming for help and when no one comes she runs away.
anonymous Jun 16th, 6:33pm report
I feel like it is a story of a little girl, who went out in the world to explore it. But she fell in hands of some dangerous people. She was first lured with money, which she might have been in need to live. But later those people, when found control over her, started using her (as making her do labour/ robbing her innocence). She realised it soon and tried to run away too, gave out cries for help. But whether she was rescued or not is unknown.
For me this song is making us realise about what happens when some bad people make little kids do child labour...
anonymous May 27th, 5:15pm report
I think she's unable to go back home/ Castle and can't go she left in the first place issue felt imprisoned I'm trying to make this as nice as possible
anonymous May 22nd, 5:42pm report
I think lily is the evil and the dark is the peace he wanted lily to get out of this evilness and follow him to see the beautiful world of mountains and he will protect her but she ran faster back to her castle hoping that she was dreaming and it was
anonymous Apr 27th, 2020 4:14pm report
Actually I think Itz a song about the teenager or the girl who never well known about outer world and her desire to go their and make friendship with person like her or her age, making fascination to make a relationship and when she made it they hypnotized her at that time she understood her mistake but it was too late to come. Then she start remembering her parents who forbids him about outside of the world. And continuously she was hypnotized.
Itz a sad song about the reality of life.
anonymous Apr 27th, 2020 4:42am report
In my humble opinion i feel like this song is about a little girl(im considering both genders btw) is tryinna take control of her/his own mind (aka the childs' mind/ teenage mind thats easy to manipulate) thats being time to time controlled by creepy pedophiles or narcissistic people.
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