“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star is about the disconnect between the feelings of the narrator and her beloved. While she is “all in”, she feels a distance from the other side. Why does this guy/girl not feel the same way when I feel so strongly and it feels so right on my side?

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Hope Sandoval

We get the sense that Hope Sandoval feels that the other person is very unknowable and mysterious. Is that because of their lack of interest in her or because they are an enigmatic individual? In my experience, most enigmatic individuals will make themselves known to another person they are very into.

The melody sung by Hope Sandoval is beautiful and haunting. She sings “Fade Into You” as if she is full of sorrow and that is why it resonates. I have said it before but I will say it again, good songs become great when the artist believes, feels and express the lyrics. The guitar work in this song is also excellent. Using a slide on the guitar often sounds very country music like, but it doesn’t sound anything like that here.


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This song feels moody and very representative of some of the great work being done by female artists in the early to mid-nineties.

Fade Into You Lyrics

I want to hold the hand inside youI want to take the breath that’s trueI look to you and I see nothingI look to you to see the truth

You live your life, you go in shadowsYou’ll come apart and you’ll go blackSome kind of night into your darknessColours your eyes with what’s not there

Fade into youStrange you never knewFade into youI think it’s strange you never knew

A stranger’s light comes on slowlyA stranger’s heart without a homeYou put your hands into your headAnd then smiles cover your heart

Fade into youStrange you never knewFade into youI think it’s strange you never knew

Fade into youStrange you never knewFade into youI think it’s strange you never knewI think it’s strange you never knew

Songwriters: Hope Sandoval / David Roback


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