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Silhouette

Introduction

This is a beautiful, sentimental, introspective, and bittersweet song, written and produced by Adam young and appears on the Owl City album The Midsummer Station (2012).
It’s about someone who feels anxious, heartbroken, alone, and struggles with regret, but is encouraged that life will not always be that way.

Produced and written by Adam Young
Release Date: August 17, 2012

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’m tired of waking up in tears
’cause I can’t put to bed these phobias and fears
I’m new to this grief I can’t explain
But I’m no stranger to the heartache and the pain

[Pre-Chorus]
The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I know better than to leave and let it die

[Chorus]
I’m a Silhouette asking every now and then
Is it over yet? Will I ever feel again?
I’m a Silhouette chasing rainbows on my own
But the more I try to move on the more I feel alone
So I watch the summer stars to lead me home

[Verse 2]
I’m sick of the past I can’t erase
A jumble of footprints and hasty steps I can’t retrace
The mountain of things that I still regret
Is a vile reminder that I would rather just forget
(No matter where I go)

[Pre-Chorus]
The fire I began, is burning me alive
But I know better than to leave and let it die

[Chorus]
I’m a Silhouette asking every now and then
Is it over yet? Will I ever smile again?
I’m a Silhouette chasing rainbows on my own
But the more I try to move on the more I feel alone
So I watch the summer stars to lead me home

[Bridge]
’cause I walk alone
No matter where I go
’cause I walk alone
No matter where I go
’cause I walk alone
No matter where I go

[Chorus]
I’m a Silhouette asking every now and then (Now and then)
Is it over yet? Will I ever love again? (Love again)
I’m a Silhouette chasing rainbows on my own
But the more I try to move on the more I feel alone
So I watch the summer stars to lead me home
I watch the summer stars to lead me home

More rumblings

While piano is the most prominent instrument, electronic elements, drums, and possibly strings are additional elements to this song.

When asked about the making of the Midsummer Station during an interview on August 9 2012 , Adam Young told Alternative Press reporters:

“… this past year, there’s something that’s been really compelling to me as a writer in figuring out how to make this three-minute song stirring and moving—even if it’s about having a good time or a softer topic. How can I make people feel something and connect with the idea? There’s something about limiting yourself in that way that makes you think outside the box even when you’re inside the box. There’s something really fun about that; you’re not so limitless with what you’re trying to sing about that you sing about a billion different things in the same song. I’ve been guilty of that. My older approach was, whatever pours out of my fingertips as I’m typing makes it in the song. It was a cool challenge.” (1)

Young also talks about the inspiration behind ‘Silhouette’ during an interview with PureVolume:

“I guess I’ve never been the guy to write from his own personal experiences — I’ve always preferred to write from the imagination, and somehow there was always a lot of inspiration behind that. But, for instance, the new song ‘Silhouette’ – I wrote and re-wrote that song a lot to make sure that everything in there had the right amount of darkness. Darkness that I do deal with.” (2)

“It’s funny how when you begin writing music or making art, that first endeavor is generally what classifies you as being who you are so that the moment you branch out or try something new, it’s considered different from what you do normally. That’s interesting to me because I believe that’s a pretty big misrepresentation of the way it really works. Myself as an artist has certain threads or flavors that I return to or revisit, but I believe there are an endless amount of things worth considering and worth experimenting with. These “new” ideas are just more fuel on the fire.” (3)

Young calls the piano-based track the most personal song he’s ever written. “I’ve never really experienced a lot of stuff worth singing about,” he says. “So I kind of had to dig back over the course of my life. It’s mainly about one relationship that kind of hit rock bottom. It kind of tore me up. I tend to write songs purely from imagination. This is definitely kind of a departure. We play it live and it’s tough to get through the song without choking up because it’s so personal. I’m singing about real things, which is kind of new to me.” (4)

References:

  • (1) Interview with AlternativePress. https://www.altpress.com/features/interview_owl_city_on_collaborations_edm_and_his_new_record/
  • (2) Interview with PureVolume. http://www.purevolume.com/news/Owl-City-PureVolume-Exclusive-Interview
  • (3) Interview with Pop Matters. https://www.popmatters.com/167057-the-technicolor-phase-an-interview-with-owl-city-2495786790.html
  • (4) Interview with City Pages. http://www.citypages.com/music/owl-citys-reclusive-adam-young-opens-up-6761494

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