"Afraid" as written by Timothy Clayton, Nelly Kim Furtado and Timothy Z. Mosley....
Cease to know or to tell or to see
Or to be your own
Cease to know or to tell or to see
Or to be your own

Have someone else's will as your own
Have someone else's will as your own
You are beautiful and you are alone
You are beautiful and you are alone

Often the adolescent play
Reward your grace
Often the adolescent play
Reward your grace

Confuse your hunger
Capture the fake
Confuse your hunger
Capture the fake

Banish the faceless
Reward your grace
Banish the faceless
Reward your grace


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"Afraid" as written by Charles Spaulding Gladfelter

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    Song MeaningI always had the impression that this song is auto-biographical. The first verse kind of describes what Nico was doing in her early carreer. She wasn't her own person as she was being told how to act and what to do by others, ie, ceasing to be her own.

    The second verse continues this theme and also says, "you are beautiful and you are alone," which again strikes me as in line with Nico, for she was always quite aloof from what was going on around her.

    The third verse is possibly about Nico's acting career.

    Don't understand the line confuse your hunger but capture the fake could be about Nico's coming out as an individual and not posing as somebody else.

    Banishing the faceless and rewarding your own grace is quite clearly severing ties with those who want to manipulate you, as Nico did, distancing herself from the factory. And rewarding her own grace rather than having someone else do it for her.

    Overall, this is a beautiful song and proves that Nico is capable of real emotion and doesn't simply drone along with her harmonium.
    JJKelsallon October 23, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful
    elmedioon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song means my heart is broken.
    muldrakeon July 07, 2010   Link

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