Shallow - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper




The Experience: I find myself longing for change... When you desperately need a life that isn't so shallow...

Music video: The video pulls heavily from A Star is Born, adding a personal angle to the lyrics' deep desires and fears. We can't quench our thirst for meaning by ourselves. We need help. But sometimes that personal relationship is the problem and not just the answer.

The Meaning of Shallow: Are you happy in this modern world? Bradley Cooper's opening question cuts straight to angst so many of us suffer. In a shallow void of a world, do we have the guts to need more? Acknowledging that need means owning our emptiness. Not easy. But definitely a first step towards actually finding a life far from shallow.

Ask yourself: Why not dive in? What keeps you from living a deeper life?

Soundtrack: A Star is Born (2018)

LYRICS:

[Bradley Cooper]
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

[Lady Gaga]
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

[Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper]
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now

[Lady Gaga]
Wooaaaah
Woaaaaaaaaaaah

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

[Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper]
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We're far from the shallow now


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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