"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 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
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


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"Shallow" as written by Anthony Rossomando Andrew Wyatt

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    My InterpretationBradley Cooper is Marx singing to the proletariat, and Lady Gaga is capitalism singing to Marx
    3omaryoussefon October 09, 2018   Link
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    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
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    General CommentWow. This song is absolutely fantastic. I must humbly say that I was not expecting to be moved so much by such a simple and short song. But despite it being simple and short, “Shallow” is a beautiful, sweet and eloquent song filled with powerful emotion and a clear point to prove. The song is set up in such a way it would be difficult to nail down a single genre to put this song into. And in a similar fashion, I think it would be difficult to nail down a singular idea of the song.

    Lyrically speaking, there’s so many situations you could apply this song too and having that element in a piece of music is a part of what makes it great. I was able to draw from the song that it’s really a song about faith and trust. It takes that kind of bravery and courage you get from being faithful and trusting to be able to hold someone’s hand and then plunge yourselves into the deep end and fully commit, whether you commit to each or if you commit to something you’re doing together.

    All in all, it’s a beautiful song with a beautiful meaning of trust, faith, and mutual companionship. If you’re going to do anything at all, plunge into it wholeheartedly. If you’re not going to do a job all the way, don’t do it at all.
    ibedaveon October 16, 2018   Link

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