Shadow of the Sun
Paul Weller Lyrics


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Do you still feel the same way about it
Like you always said you would
Or has time re-written everything
Like you never dreamt it could
Remember when we wanted to fly forever
On a magic carpet ride
Well forever seems a long time
Cutting us down in size
No matter how hard we try

And I could see all I had done
Just chasing dreams across the fields
In the shadow of the sun

I plan to have it all while I'm still young
And chase the fields across my dreams
In the shadow of the sun
In the shadow of the sun

Once upon a time I might have told you
But now nothing seems that plain
However much we're changing
There are some things the same
And those same things still say

And I could see all I had done
Just chasing dreams across the fields
In the shadow of the sun

I plan to have it all while I'm still young
And chase the fields across my dreams




In the shadow of the sun
In the shadow of the sun

Overall Meaning

The song "Shadow of the Sun" by Paul Weller is a reflection on the fleeting nature of time and the struggle to achieve our dreams while we still have the chance. It seems to be directed at someone who had spoken optimistically about their future plans, but perhaps has since lost sight of them or given up hope. Weller asks, "Do you still feel the same way about it/ Like you always said you would?/ Or has time re-written everything/ Like you never dreamt it could?" He acknowledges that, despite our best efforts, time has a way of diminishing our hopes and ambitions, making them seem smaller and harder to attain. He alludes to the childhood fantasy of flying on a magic carpet ride forever, but notes that "forever seems a long time" and reality tends to cut us down to size.


The chorus of the song repeats the line "And I could see all I had done/ Just chasing dreams across the fields/ In the shadow of the sun." This suggests that the singer may have spent a lot of time and energy pursuing his goals, but ultimately feels as though he has been chasing something intangible or elusive -- like a shadow cast by the sun -- and has little to show for it. He mentions that he once spoke frankly about his plans, but now "nothing seems that plain" and the future is more uncertain. However, he still hopes to "have it all while [he's] still young" and make the most of his dreams before they slip away entirely.


Line by Line Meaning

Do you still feel the same way about it
Have your feelings and opinions about it remained unchanged over time?


Like you always said you would
Just like you promised to feel the same way about it.


Or has time re-written everything
Did the influence of time transform everything?


Like you never dreamt it could
Just like you could've never imagined.


Remember when we wanted to fly forever
Do you recall when we aimed to soar indefinitely?


On a magic carpet ride
As if we were traveling on a magical carpet.


Well forever seems a long time
An infinite duration appears like a vast period.


Cutting us down in size
Shrinking us with limitations and struggle.


No matter how hard we try
Despite all the effort we exert.


And I could see all I had done
I could perceive all that I have accomplished.


Just chasing dreams across the fields
That was only me pursuing aspirations over the meadows.


In the shadow of the sun
While the blazing sunlight cast a shade on everything.


I plan to have it all while I'm still young
I aspire to possess everything while I am youthful.


And chase the fields across my dreams
To follow aspirations that may never come true.


In the shadow of the sun
Just like before where everything appears obscured by the beaming light.


In the shadow of the sun
Just like before where everything appears obscured by the beaming light.


Once upon a time I might have told you
I may have shared this with you previously.


But now nothing seems that plain
But now, it all appears confusing and perplexing.


However much we're changing
Regardless of how much we're evolving and developing.


There are some things the same
A few things remain unaltered.


And those same things still say
And those things still speak volumes.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: PAUL JOHN WELLER

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