Shallow Lyrics Meaning – The Real Meaning of “Shallow” from ‘A Star Is Born,’ Explained 2019

Shallow Lyrics Meaning

One of the biggest songs of 2018 featured that guy from The Hangover movies and the entertainer better known as Mother Monster. By now, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve belted out Lady Gaga’s iconic lead-up to the chorus of “Shallow,” the infectious duet from Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born.

shallow lyrics meaning.If you've ever wondered about the real meaning of the Oscar-nominated Shallow from A Star Is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Shallow Lyrics Meaning

The song has enjoyed one hell of a ride during awards season, picking up a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, two Grammys (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media), and an Oscar for Best Original Song. (Honestly, it’s fared better than the movie and even Bradley himself, who was surprisingly left out of the Best Directors nominees list by the Academy. Sorry, Bradley.)

“Shallow” also effortlessly made it big in the meme world, spawning everything from a Muppets parody to, well, this:

Basically, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, and I’ll be weeping for months now that Gaga and Bradley’s performance of the song at the Oscars is a thing of the past. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of the lyrics because it will be a while before we’re blessed with such beautiful music again.

Shallow Lyrics Meaning

And Jackson is the first person to show her that she’s got a real shot at a music career. “Tell me somethin’, girl / Are you happy in this modern world?” could be a dig at her dead-end job as a waitress (and by extension, her meaningless routine of picking up after her father and his driver friends). He continues, “Or do you need more? / Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?” referencing a life she could have, one that could get as big as his.

THERE’S SOME FORESHADOWING IN HIS WORDS.

When he sings, “I’m fallin’ / In all the good times / I find myself longing for change / And in the bad times, I fear myself,” one can’t help but think of the first time the film shows the singer with a bottle of alcohol in the backseat of his car after a show. He’s falling into darkness, one that will eventually consume him. And as the folks at Genius point out, he’s fallen in love with the girl who’s about to join him onstage.

Shallow Lyrics Meaning

ALLY CAN EASILY SEE THROUGH JACKSON AND HIS ROCK-STAR LIFE.

The verse “Tell me something, boy / Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void? / Or do you need more? / Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hard-core?” was written in the parking lot, not long after Ally’s bar brawl. It doesn’t take long for Ally to see the real Jackson: someone who’s desperately trying to numb whatever inner demons he’s fighting all while maintaining his music career, one alcohol-induced show at a time.

Shallow Lyrics Meaning

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