you, with the moon, in the mirror
stiff at the sharpening stone
keeping the deepening dreamer
asleep in the shallow

her, with the war, in the corner
ripping the pillows up slow
sending the feathers away with
the shimmering snow

and i, in the wake of an angelfish,
float on my own
i, in the shape of an avalanche,
quake in the cold
i, in the shadow of everyone,
carry on slow
i, at the end of a line,
toe it alone

he, with the hands of an answer,
stands at the edge of awake

Lyrics submitted by bermonicatz

Shallow song meanings
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    My InterpretationThis is a beautiful song.
    I think it is about several different people.
    The first person has a problem with their self-image, and has to try their hardest not to hate themselves. The moon is a reference to what they want to look like. They could also have a self harm problem, which I inferred from the phrase 'sharpening stone', but it could just be another reference to the mirror.
    The second person is going through a lot of inner turmoil, and is very angry with themselves and the world.
    The other person always feels in the shadows of other people, feeling very alone, with no friends, ready to collapse at any moment, not knowing when they will no longer be able to continue with things.
    The last person seems to have the 'answer' to everything, and is awake in the metaphorical sense.
    I love this song, and I think the lyrics are just beautiful.
    LoudSilenceson December 24, 2014   Link

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