Shadow
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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Shadow, a place to find
Shadow, a place to find

And she breathes with me
And she's here with me
And she's real to me
But that will never be
Shadow, a place to find
She's real to me
And she breathes with me
And she's here with me




But that will never be
It's a Shadow

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Trey Anastasio's song Shadow represent the theme of longing for something or someone that can never truly be attained. The repeated refrain of "Shadow, a place to find" emphasizes the idea of constantly searching for something that can never fully materialize. The imagery of a "shadow" adds a sense of mystery and elusiveness to the object of the singer's desire.


The lines "And she breathes with me, And she's here with me, And she's real to me, But that will never be" further reinforce this theme of longing for a connection that can never fully exist. The singer's perception of the object of their desire is real and tangible to them, but they understand that it can never truly be fulfilled. The repetition of these lines adds to the melancholic tone of the song, as the singer is left with a sense of unfulfilled yearning.


Overall, the lyrics to Shadow showcase Trey Anastasio's ability to convey complex emotions and ideas through his music. The theme of longing for an unattainable connection is one that is relatable to many, and the imagery and repetition used in the lyrics make them all the more powerful.


Line by Line Meaning

Shadow, a place to find
Finding comfort and solace in the shadows or the unknown.


Shadow, a place to find
Finding comfort and solace in the shadows or the unknown.


And she breathes with me
A presence or memory that is still alive and present even though they are not physically present.


And she's here with me
A feeling that the person is still with you in spirit, even though they may have passed on.


And she's real to me
A strong belief in the existence and presence of the person, even though they may not physically be there.


But that will never be
Knowing that the person is gone and can never truly be with you again.


Shadow, a place to find
Finding comfort and solace in the shadows or the unknown.


She's real to me
A strong belief in the existence and presence of the person, even though they may not physically be there.


And she breathes with me
A presence or memory that is still alive and present even though they are not physically present.


And she's here with me
A feeling that the person is still with you in spirit, even though they may have passed on.


But that will never be
Knowing that the person is gone and can never truly be with you again.


It's a Shadow
Accepting that the comfort found in the shadows is just an illusion and not a tangible reality.




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@Fletch2022

Fantastic song 🎉

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