In the shallows lyrics

If you’ve bawled your eyes out listening to the songs from the 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, rest assured, you’re definitely not alone.

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Particularly, “Shallow,” the duet between Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, seems to be resonating with so many. On Youtube, the Oscar-nominated song, which Gaga co-wrote, has over 300 million views so far. Apart from that, it became the “Born This Way” singer’s longest-leading number one on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart ever.

But what is it about this song that makes people get such a big lump in their throats whenever they hear it? While the lyrics of the tune probably mean something different to each person who listens to it, Lady Gaga told Variety that the song doesn’t just connect Ally (Gaga) and Jackson’s (Cooper) romance. That’s the “shallow,” if you will. What’s actually happening in “the deep end” is something much more profound, she says.

The Best Actress nominee sees the lyrics having special meaning, especially in light of the #MeToo movement:

“We are living in a time where there’s so much conversation about women’s voices being heard … Men listening to those voices. And also, men not listening to those voices. Women being silenced in very public ways, like Dr. Ford with Justice Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh being appointed is basically like telling every single woman in the country that’s been assaulted, ‘We don’t care. Or we don’t believe you.'”

And so, with “Shallow,” she says the words signify a time when men and women are having an open dialogue with each other.

“That conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it,” Gaga said. “It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.”

It’s a message that Gaga is hoping to get across when she performs the song next with Bradley at the 2019 Oscars. Apart from the awards show, you can also catch them belting out the moving hymn in the below video from one of Gaga’s recent Vegas residency shows. It goes without saying, but make sure the tissues aren’t too far out of reach when you do.

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Jackson and Ally, together again!

OK, that’s a headline “A Star is Born” fans know is never going to happen, but on Saturday night we got as close as possible when the film’s Oscar-nominated co-stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga came together again onstage to duet on the movie’s signature tune “Shallow,” which is also nominated for an Oscar.

Gaga is in the middle of her “Enigma” concert residency in Las Vegas, and invited Cooper (who also directed the film) on stage for the all-important duet their characters sing in the film.

The pair hugged one another, and Gaga handed him a pair of in-ear monitors so he could hear properly while singing. (It’s loud up there on stage!)

“Jackson never used these,” Cooper quipped to the crowd.

The pair were clearly in sync; Gaga gave him a peck on the cheek as they took turns at the piano, looking at each other fondly as the song progressed. At the end, Cooper sat next to Gaga and put his arm around her waist.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper reunited to sing “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” in Las Vegas Saturday.Gaga Daily

With that kind of a performance, we’re swooning all over again!

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One of the biggest songs of 2018 featured that guy from The Hangover movies and the entertainer better known as Mother Monster. By now, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve belted out Lady Gaga’s iconic lead-up to the chorus of “Shallow,” the infectious duet from Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born.

The song has enjoyed one hell of a ride during awards season, picking up a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, two Grammys (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media), and an Oscar for Best Original Song. (Honestly, it’s fared better than the movie and even Bradley himself, who was surprisingly left out of the Best Directors nominees list by the Academy. Sorry, Bradley.)

“Shallow” also effortlessly made it big in the meme world, spawning everything from a Muppets parody to, well, this:

Basically, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, and I’ll be weeping for months now that Gaga and Bradley’s performance of the song at the Oscars is a thing of the past. In the meantime, here’s a breakdown of the lyrics because it will be a while before we’re blessed with such beautiful music again.

Right away, the song points out the obvious: Ally needs to share her gift with the world.

And Jackson is the first person to show her that she’s got a real shot at a music career. “Tell me somethin’, girl / Are you happy in this modern world?” could be a dig at her dead-end job as a waitress (and by extension, her meaningless routine of picking up after her father and his driver friends). He continues, “Or do you need more? / Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?” referencing a life she could have, one that could get as big as his.

Ally and Jackson, pre-“Shallow.” Warner Bros.

There’s some foreshadowing in his words.

When he sings, “I’m fallin’ / In all the good times / I find myself longing for change / And in the bad times, I fear myself,” one can’t help but think of the first time the film shows the singer with a bottle of alcohol in the backseat of his car after a show. He’s falling into darkness, one that will eventually consume him. And as the folks at Genius point out, he’s fallen in love with the girl who’s about to join him onstage.

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Ally can easily see through Jackson and his rock-star life.

The verse “Tell me something, boy / Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void? / Or do you need more? / Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hard-core?” was written in the parking lot, not long after Ally’s bar brawl. It doesn’t take long for Ally to see the real Jackson: someone who’s desperately trying to numb whatever inner demons he’s fighting all while maintaining his music career, one alcohol-induced show at a time.

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The chorus, written by Ally “the other day,” right before she meets Jackson, reveals she’s only just getting comfortable with the idea of going for it.

As she belts in the parking lot, frozen peas and all, “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.” Their shared space, whether that’s a stage, a recording studio, or an empty parking lot in the middle of the night, is where they are the safest, far away from those critical of Ally’s looks and far away from Jackson’s addiction to alcohol.

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“Shallow” wasn’t supposed to be a duet.

As both Bradley and “Shallow” cowriter Mark Ronson have said, the emotional ballad was originally submitted as a solo by Gaga and company. It didn’t take long for Bradley the director to realize a duet was “the best way to utilize it in the movie” and have the stage performance be the first time Jackson hears Ally sing a song she’s written on the spot.

Another solo Ally performance would’ve been great and all (shout out to “Hair Body Face”), but it’s hard to imagine A Star Is Born without what Bradley calls the “anchor for the whole movie.”

It’s a love song at heart, but it’s also about communication.

In an interview with Variety in November 2018, Gaga said, “To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it. It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.”

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And it’s this listening that gives “Shallow” a deeper meaning in wake of the #MeToo movement.

“We are living in a time where there’s so much conversation about women’s voices being heard,” Gaga told Variety in the same interview. “Men listening to those voices. And also, men not listening to those voices. Women being silenced in very public ways, like Dr. Ford with Justice Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh being appointed is basically like telling every single woman in the country that’s been assaulted, ‘We don’t care. Or we don’t believe you.’”

She echoed these sentiments in an Actors on Actors segment with Lin-Manuel Miranda one month later:

On a related note, “Shallow” is also about our relationship with cellphones.

This, according to Gaga after her big Oscars night, where she won Best Original Song and delivered the steamiest performance of “Shallow” to date. Backstage, she told reporters, “I really believe in my heart that the unfortunate truth is that our cell phones are becoming reality. It’s become reality for the world. And in this song we provide not just a conversation, but also a very poignant statement: I wish not to be in the shallow, but I am. I wish to dive off the deep end, but watch me do it.”

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She continued, “I think this is something that speaks to many people, and during, I think, a very shallow time, it’s a chance for us to grab hands and dive into the water together and swim into the deepest depths of the water that we can.”

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On the afternoon of Thursday, September 27, 2018, you may have felt a great disturbance, when millions of voices suddenly cried out in jubilation that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” had finally been released. We’ve spent months imitating Gaga’s powerful bellow from the trailer, but now there are verses and choruses to learn, too! In the interest of serving readers the information they are interested in, here are the full lyrics to “Shallow,” so that you can put actual words to the melody you’ve been humming all day. Use them wisely.

Tell me something, girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there something else you’re searching for?

I’m falling
In all the good times, I find myself longing
For change
And in the bad times, I fear myself

Tell me something, boy
Aren’t you tired trying 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 sha-ha-sha-hallow
In sha-la-sha-la-shallow
In the sha-ha-sha-hallow
We’re far from the shallow now

Oh, ha-ah-ah-ah
Haaa-ah-ah-ah, haaawaah, ha-ah-ah-aaah

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 sha-ha-sha-hallow
In sha-la-sha-la-shallow
In the sha-ha-sha-hallow
We’re far from the shallow now

Shallow Lyrics

(feat. Bradley Cooper)
(A Star Is Born Soundtrack)

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

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

In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We’re far from the shallow now

  • Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” performance at the Oscars had an unconventional set-up: It started with the camera shooting from behind the piano and the singers getting up from their seats.
  • Mark Ronson, one of the songwriters for “Shallow,” revealed that the staging was Cooper’s idea.
  • Cooper directed A Star Is Born, but did not receive a Best Director nomination for this year’s Oscars.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s Oscars performance was unlike any other at the ceremony, not only because of the actors’ unmistakable chemistry, but also because of how the scene was filmed.

The set for “Shallow” began with the camera behind the piano, facing the audience, and proceeded to move downstage as the band started playing the song’s intro notes. Then, Cooper and Gaga rose from their seats in the front row of the theater and approached the stage holding hands before taking their positions by the piano and beginning to sing.

Gaga and Cooper make their entrance to perform “Shallow.” Kevin WinterGetty Images

The unconventional camera angle took viewers by surprise, including Ellen DeGeneres. The talk show host asked Mark Ronson—producer, songwriter, DJ, and one of Gaga’s few collaborators for “Shallow”—who came up with the idea. The answer? None other than A Star Is Born director Bradley Cooper.

“I think it was Bradley’s idea,” Ronson told DeGeneres the day after the Oscars. “I think he had a specific vision. I heard Lady Gaga talking about it, so I think it was his thing. And I think that’s probably the only time they’ll perform the song together, so it made it feel really special.”

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Cooper made it known that he was terrified about performing ASIB’s signature duet live at the awards show, but Ronson said the actor-turned-singer didn’t seem nervous.

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Ronson added, “He’s not a singer, so it was so brave of him to go and do that.”

The Academy snubbed Cooper in the directing category this year, but that didn’t stop him from showing off his artistic vision at the ceremony. He did, however, receive a Best Actor nomination, but lost to Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

For the Oscars on Sunday, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were together again for a much-touted rendition of eventual Original Song winner “Shallow” from Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born.

Along with Green Book‘s Best Picture win, the intimate duet was the most social moment of the night on Facebook and Twitter.

Except for a bling-y pendant necklace, Gaga was understated in a black princess gown and attacked the piano. Cooper was brave enough to start the song solo; he wasn’t pitch-perfect, but the emotion was right in tune. He pantomimed wiping his brow to the crowd when it was all over.

The song later won the Oscar, capping a night of performances that kicked off with Adam Lambert and Queen.

The A Star is Born soundtrack, which features collaborations with the likes of Lukas Nelson (Willie’s son), Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson, hit shelves the same day the movie bowed in theaters via Interscope Records. It was quite a debut: The soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has since gone platinum.

Lady Gaga, also a Best Actress nominee Sunday, wrote the music and lyrics to “Shallow,” a country-folk pop ballad, with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The song is performed during a pivotal moment in the movie, and speaks to the conversations between Gaga and Cooper’s characters, Ally and Jack.

Check out the performance above.