FADE AWAY

Album version

Ohh
Well now you say you've found another man who does things to you that I can't
And that no matter what I do it's all over now between me and you girl
But I can't believe what you say
No I can't believe what you say
'Cause baby

I don't wanna fade away
Oh, I don't wanna fade away
Tell me what can I do what can I say
'Cause darlin' I don't wanna fade away

Well now you say that you've made up your mind
It's been such a long, long time since it's been good with us
And that somewhere back along the line you lost your love and I lost your trust
Now rooms that once were so bright are filled with the coming night
Oh darlin'

I don't wanna fade away
Oh, I don't wanna fade away
Tell me what can I do what can I say
'Cause darlin' I don't wanna fade away

You say it's not easy for you, and that you've been so lonely
While other girls go out doing what they want to do
You say that you miss the nights when we'd go out dancing
The days when you and I walked as two
Well girl I miss them too, oh I swear that I do
Oh girl

Now baby I don't wanna be just another useless memory holding you tight
Or just some other ghost out on the street to whom you stop
And politely speak when you pass on by, vanishing into the night
Left to vanish into the night
No baby

I don't wanna fade away
Oh girl, I don't wanna fade away
Tell me what can I do what can I say
'Cause darlin' I don't wanna fade away

No darlin', I don't wanna fade away
No, I don't wanna fade away
Tell me what can I do what can I say
Oh darlin' I don't wanna fade away

Don't make me darling
I don't wanna fade away
Don't make me darling
I don't wanna fade away
I don't wanna fade away
I don't wanna fade away
I don't wanna fade away


Page last updated: 16 Dec 2012

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Intro

Music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, FADE AWAY is the fourth track on side 3 of his 1980 double album The River. The above lyrics are for Springsteen's studio version of FADE AWAY as released on The River.

Composition and Recording

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Circulating Takes

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The River

Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).

By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:

Reel #1 track listing

  1. THE TIES THAT BIND
  2. CINDY
  3. HUNGRY HEART
  4. STOLEN CAR
  5. BE TRUE

Reel #1 track listing

  1. THE RIVER
  2. YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
  3. THE PRICE YOU PAY
  4. I WANNA MARRY YOU
  5. LOOSE ENDS

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Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.

A second phase of recording sessions was scheduled. Again, for the next few months, Springsteen altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from October 1979 to June 1980).

The combined sessions from March 1979 to June 1980 produced the double album The River that was eventually released in October 1980. The studio sessions to some extent extended into August 1980 due to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's involvement in the recording of Gary U.S. Bonds' album Dedication, which was released April 1981).

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The album features 20 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 83:47. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt, engineered by Neil Dorfsman, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Chuck Plotkin, and Toby Scott. Track list:

The River side 1 track listing (vinyl LP format)

  1. THE TIES THAT BIND
  2. SHERRY DARLING
  3. JACKSON CAGE
  4. TWO HEARTS
  5. INDEPENDENCE DAY

The River side 2 track listing (vinyl LP format)

  1. HUNGRY HEART
  2. OUT IN THE STREET
  3. CRUSH ON YOU
  4. YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
  5. I WANNA MARRY YOU
  6. THE RIVER

The River side 3 track listing (vinyl LP format)

  1. POINT BLANK
  2. CADILLAC RANCH
  3. I'M A ROCKER
  4. FADE AWAY
  5. STOLEN CAR

The River side 4 track listing (vinyl LP format)

  1. RAMROD
  2. THE PRICE YOU PAY
  3. DRIVE ALL NIGHT
  4. WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY

According to recording engineer Neil Dorfsman, about 50 songs were recorded to a completed state during The River sessions. 20 were released on The River and 14 were released as B-sides and on official compilations. 14 songs are circulating via the unofficial route, but the majority of them are poor recordings of band rehearsals at the Telegraph Hill Road property, though it is likely that most of them exist as completed takes from The Power Station.

Other Official Releases

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Live History

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Covers

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Available Versions

List of available versions of FADE AWAY on this website:

References

Some of the above info about the studio recording and the live performances is taken from Brucebase.