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I Didn’t Know I Was Lost – Avicii’s Message In “Wake Me Up”

I used to be a big fan of the late Avicii. I still am. His songs like Hey Brother, The Nights, Waiting for Love, Levels and Wake Me Up resonate greatly with me. I love them. To me, they sound like some real cool advice from a brother packed in a soul-soothing, heart warming body shaking beat. I wish he was still alive so he could continue to produce great music to heal the world. I’ve never understood why he took his life, but I respect his decision. (Myself I’ve come close to that point severally, so I can relate).

May his soul rest in peace.

For now, I would like to focus on Wake Me Up, arguably Avicii’s most successful track.

When it comes to music, almost everyone has their own interpretation, including the songwriter. I am no exception.

I was researching what the writers of this song were trying to put across. Blacc, who wrote part of it, was inspired by his good life, which seemed so good he thought it might be a dream, so he said ‘wake me up when it’s all over..’ When he was wiser and older, he would awaken to a ‘reality’. But according to what I see, I doubt that many people will agree with Blacc on life being so good. They might however, altogether agree that life seems like a dream, only, for most of us, it’s a nightmare. Life’s so hard, complicated, unfathomable it looks like we are living in a dream, and we would like to be woken up and be told that the dream is over.

For this song, it occurs to me that almost every verse can have different interpretations from various people. My main interest for this article is the chorus actually.

“So wake me up when it’s all over,

When I’m wiser and I’m older,

All this time I was finding myself and I

Didn’t know I was lost,

I didn’t know I was lost,

I didn’t know I was lost,

I didn’t know I was lost,

I didn’t know I was lost… ‘

That’s how it is in the second chorus. I especially liked how the phrase ‘I didn’t know I was lost’ has been repeated severally. Probably it’s the rhythm that necessitated the repetition or the writers just decided to emphasize on it. I draw my lesson from here.

When we are lost,(as individuals), usually we don’t know or notice that we are lost. So we don’t live up to trying to find ourselves. We get lost in so many ways, I’ll leave that for you to figure out.

What is the probability that we are lost?

“I think we are quite lost in many ways. We live in a society that invests huge amounts of money and vast quantities of energy in ensuring that we all stay lost. A society that invests in creating unconsciousness, which invests in keeping people asleep, so that we are just passive consumers. ” Graham Hancock.

So, as probability would have it, most of us are lost. Myself I was lost. But to the best of my knowledge, I’ve been able to find myself.

Finding yourself is very essential. You can’t influence others and the world if you don’t know yourself. As the ancient Egyptian Proverb goes, “Know Thyself!”

How do you find yourself?

I suggest you ask those who think you are lost to prove to you that you are really lost, or, on a personal level, start questioning beliefs and popular opinions. What do you think of yourself, what do you think of your immediate society, of the world? Can it be proven? The more truth you know, the less lost you are.

As it should be, everyone ought to be living as themselves, their real selves. Not to be influenced or misled by whoever.

A life after finding yourself is like life after death. It’s a fresh perspective you get after finding yourself after realizing that you were lost and you didn’t know it.

You just wake up wiser, and inevitably, older – it takes time.


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