"Shallow" as written by Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The song is from the soundtrack of "A Star Is Born"...
Tell me somethin', girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?

I'm falling
In all the good times I find myself
Longin' for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

Tell me something, boy
Aren't you tired tryin' to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain't it hard keeping it so hardcore?

I'm falling
In all the good times I find myself
Longing for a change
And in the bad times I fear myself

I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I'll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Whoah

I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I'll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can't hurt us
We're far from the shallow now

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by RamonaChick

"Shallow" as written by Anthony Rossomando Andrew Wyatt

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +3
    General CommentI feel like the song is saying when we have real, meaningful, authentic, deep conversations, we're "out of the shallow." So much of life is lived in the shallow end when what matters most is in the deep (but perhaps scarier end). Talk about what really matters. Live your life in the deep and meaningful instead of the shallow and meaningless.
    jaimerichardson October 08, 2018   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is emotive both melodically and lyrically. The sparse acoustic guitar underscores the desire to escape a modern world that is increasingly shallow and, at times, isolating—with its reality TV shows, selfies, and instant social-media “friendships.” The song makes you think, and the instrumental pauses allow you to catch your breath, take in the words, and contemplate a deeper meaning.

    The words “I’m falling” are the emotional peak of the song and have a dual meaning for me, reminding me of going off the deep end but also of falling in love. In this duet with Bradley Cooper, the singers yearn for something more and are falling—almost freefalling—in order to break through the surface veneer of happiness, due in part to the trappings of fame—because they are longing to reach a deeper place of meaning, both in their relationship and within themselves.
    carrie34on October 10, 2018   Link
  • +2
    General Comment“Off the deep end” usually means something risky or uncertain. However, the “shallow” is usually not too deep or emotionally meaningful. However again... the shallow is usually a safe place to be in with no risk of drowning. Often, love songs or songs in general have a dichotomy of two contradictory concepts existing concurrently. Lady Gaga is saying she wants to break free from the mundane, day to day life. She is “Off the deep end,” exploring new ideas. But, she is also “far from the shallow... where they can’t hurt us.” There is no consequence of being injured because the water in the deep end is enough not to “meet the ground.” Nevertheless, the final outro repeats, “in the shallow, shallow,” because she is reiterating that she may be scared of change and she is precautious not to jump into anything too quickly. Thus, in the safety of the shallow and yearning to break free, yet also off the deep end to explore new ideas all the while, in a safe environment and with good intentions. Thank you.
    Abie74on March 16, 2019   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLady Gaga and Bradley Cooper really explore the idea of the "deep and troubled" artist in this song. They sing about how ill content they are with average, everyday life and can't settle for living "in the shallow" (as a young millennial who just entered the workforce and has fallen into a steady routine, I can relate). While everyone else is meandering around "on the surface" they lament about their own personal depth and how it makes them crave to have so much more from this life. They have to put on a brave face and "keep it so hardcore" in order to even deal with living a normal, humdrum life. They've dived deeply into this life, and now they cannot go back since they have experienced all of the richness that life has to offer.

    As someone who has been a fan of Mama Monster since day 1, I can't wait to see "A Star Is Born"...as an introvert who avoids crowds, I will be waiting to see it until it comes onto DVD. But you can bet that I'll be listening to this soundtrack on repeat in the meantime!
    ReonataOon October 08, 2018   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationBradley Cooper is Marx singing to the proletariat, and Lady Gaga is capitalism singing to Marx
    3omaryoussefon October 09, 2018   Link
  • 0
    MemoryAbout par for Lady GaGa. Guess I'm just from another time when music had more meaning (Woodstock was AWESOME!). Saddest thing was after what many thought to be his most memorable performance Jimmy Hendrix was dead almost a year to the day later.
    Today we get 'stars?' of this calabre. Very sad. Since I gave my age away is there anyone else of my vintage out there who understands what I'm saying about a time when you could tell what band did what song just by hearing the song, even if you'd never heard THAT particular song before (If you're from my generation, think of Boston......heard one of their songs, you heard 'em all but there was ever a question about what group recorded the song? ELO, The Stones, The Beatles, The Mama's & The Papa's, Rod Stewart, The Who, The Guess Who, etc., etc., etc.. Groups had an individual style back then. Today they all sound the same with lyrics which are just meaningless babble.
    MercurialIrishon October 04, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA Star Is Born marks Lady Gaga's first leading role in a major motion picture, as well as her return to music. Musically, we haven't heard from her since her 2016 album Joanne , but the wait was worth it. Everyone is raving about the film and the many original songs from Gaga that came with it. One of the standouts is the soundtrack's first single "Shallow". With the backing of audience cheers and an acoustic guitar, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's melody ripple chills down your spine as they sing about the urge to dive off the deep in and get away from shallow areas.

    "Shallow" can relate to many instances in life, such as trying a new hobby, starting a new job, or moving to a new state. For me, when I hear the song, I instantly think of my husband. He came into my life right after a heartbreak, but with just one conversation, I knew I wanted to be with him because he was different than others. Although, I was facing a fear of being hurt again, as Lady Gaga sings "I find myself longing for change" and I chose to dive off the deep end.

    The beautiful lyrics and runs from Lady Gaga rip through your core and inspire you to conquer any fears you have. Seven years later with my husband and I haven't taken even a glance back to my shallow areas of heartbreak.
    ybbobon October 17, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShallow by Lady Gaga really pulled on my heart strings for several reasons. For me, this is a song that everyone can relate to at some point in life. Change is scary, and the bad times can really make us question our own sanity.

    “Aren’t you tired trying to fill that Void.” ~ When we are down and out, it can be easy to chase rainbows that never exist. A void is most often felt when you’re not happy about something in your life. As a result, change needs to happen.
    Shallow takes me back to my first journey to the United Kingdom. As a writer this was a dream opportunity, but it was much more than that. The void within myself was calling for change.

    I knew I had to make that change or I would always “fear myself.” Just like Gaga mentions in this song, I dove in deep and found my everything in this far away land.

    Life can feel shallow… It can become very mundane. People do not dream, and change is way too scary. Because I took that chance and decided to make a change, I found my soulmate. Not only that, I also found strength within myself to go for my dreams and never give up.

    Shallow by Lady GaGa makes me reminisce about the journey I traveled not only for love, but also to find myself. Change is hard, but sometimes you have to dive in head first and get as far away from the shore as you can. This will allow you to fight your way back and hang on to the change that you find within yourself along the way.
    sphinxsnakeon October 17, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt’s a real passionate tune that starts off sounding like a simple love song, but blows up out of nowhere. The combination of harmonies with Bradley Cooper is outstanding as well as crucial. At the same time, it feels like they’re paired together just so Gaga can steal the stage with her astounding voice. When she lets loose towards the middle of the song, it feels like she’s moving mountains. “Shallow” sucks you into a whirlwind of emotions, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.

    On a personal level, I’ve gone through some things that seem to connect with the lyrics pretty well. Everyone can relate to a love song, but going from shallow to deep is something special. Even though the song is written for a movie, the emotion conveyed is strong enough to impress anyone. By the time the song’s over, you sit there not knowing what hit you. There’s no doubt that “Shallow” comes from a high level of songwriting that few artists are able to achieve.
    bonjon October 19, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs I listen to the words of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on the song “Shallow,” I’m reminded of several moments in my life when I took a leap of faith during a time of fear. There have been many times when I felt so drawn to something or someone, but for whatever reason, I was too afraid to open myself up to the new opportunity. However, when there’s a desire that runs so deeply within you, it’s hard to walk away from it. Much like the two lovers in this song, I remember how liberating it was to say “no” to fear and to simply dive in.

    We’ve all experienced times when we are longing for change, attempting to fill a void that can only be filled with the one thing that scares us the most. The singers remind us that no matter what you want out of life and no matter how scary it appears to be, go for it. It can be going after the love of our life or chasing a long-lost dream – dive in head first!

    The chorus begins with a special line that I believe many can resonate with when reflecting on life’s course. It says, “I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in. I’ll never meet the ground.” Imagine fearlessly diving deep into a love so pure with the confidence that nothing can “drown” you – no negativity, no doubt, no person. “Shallow” represents that kind of bravery that is needed to step into a new chapter of fulfillment. Life truly happens AWAY from the shallow.
    BoseBose2001on October 31, 2018   Link

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