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Fade Into You
Mazzy Star Lyrics


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I wanna hold the hand inside you
I wanna take the breath that's true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth

You live your life, you go in shadows
You'll come apart and you'll go black
Some kind of night into your darkness
Colors your eyes with what's not there

Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew

A stranger's light comes on slowly
A stranger's heart is out of home
You put your hands into your head
A million smiles cover your heart

Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew

Fade into you
Strange you never knew
Fade into you
I think it's strange you never knew
I think it's strange you never knew

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star depict a desire to merge with someone on a deeper level, to connect intimately with another person. The singer longs to "hold the hand inside you," suggesting that they want to share an emotional bond that goes beyond physical touch. The lyric "I wanna take the breath that's true" seems to imply that the singer wants to know their partner's most authentic self, without any masks or pretense.


The next lines reveal a sense of frustration or disappointment. The singer looks to their partner and sees "nothing" and wants to "see the truth." This could suggest that their partner is closed off or unfocused, perhaps struggling with personal issues that make it difficult to connect with others.


The chorus of the song, "Fade into you, Strange you never knew," repeats throughout the track. It may be interpreted in multiple ways, but it seems to refer to the idea of blending into someone else's life completely - to be so close to another person that you become a part of them. The repetition of the line "Strange you never knew" could indicate that the singer is surprised by their own feelings or their partner's lack of understanding.


The next verse provides a new perspective on the situation. The singer describes a "stranger's light" coming on slowly, suggesting that they are interested in someone new. This person might have a "stranger's heart" or a unique perspective that sets them apart from others. The following lines describe the singer's internal conflict - they are caught between holding onto their current partner and exploring a new connection. The "million smiles" that cover their heart might refer to the confusion or uncertainty they feel about their own desires.


Overall, "Fade Into You" is a melancholy but intimate track that explores the desire for connection and the complexities of human relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

I wanna hold the hand inside you
I want to feel close to you and share a deeper connection with you


I wanna take the breath that's true
I want to experience your authenticity and genuineness


I look to you and I see nothing
I seek your guidance and support but I don't see any signs of it


I look to you to see the truth
You are the one who can provide me with honest answers and I look to you for that


You live your life, you go in shadows
You seem to hide away, avoiding the limelight, and live in the background


You'll come apart and you'll go black
You tend to retreat and become distant, losing touch with others and your emotions


Some kind of night into your darkness
You are going through a difficult time and the darkness around you seems endless


Colors your eyes with what's not there
Your perceptions and thoughts are clouded and you see things that are not real or true


Fade into you
I want to disappear into your warmth and presence, losing myself in your essence


Strange you never knew
It's surprising that you are unaware of the impact you have on me


A stranger's light comes on slowly
Someone who is not familiar to us is slowly entering our life


A stranger's heart is out of home
This stranger has an independent and unattached heart, not belonging to anyone or anything


You put your hands into your head
You seem lost in thought and deeply troubled


A million smiles cover your heart
You may put on a happy front but there is a lot of pain and hurt behind that exterior


I think it's strange you never knew
I find it surprising that you are not aware of how much you mean to me




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: David Roback, Hope Sandoval

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@nichole9699

Someone wrote this about the meaning of this song and I thought it was great insight:
She thought she finally found someone true, and fell in love. The person had many walls built up, she tried to reach through them and show how much she cared. She thinks he is damaged and has a dark perception of the world. He doesn't really show himself.

She realizes she will never really get through to him, he won't let her. He can't really love her back. What she thought was inside of him really isn't there (but she loves him anyway).

She looks to him and sees "nothing" because what she originally saw in him doesn't really exist and that "nothing" has become truth to her.

The "truth" she looks to him to see, is also the depressing realization that she can't look to someone else to make her happy, he taught her this sad truth.

She doesn't normally open up to people easily either, but she offered her heart to him, to be her home. Deep in his mind, he knows, he realizes how much she loved him, but it's too late. His heart is too protected, but he smiles knowing what she has given him.

...and she fades into him, she loved him so much he became everything to her. She looked to him to make her happy, but ended up trying to be everything to make him happy and lost herself.
She begins to see the darkness in him, in herself. She is hurt and depressed and has lost hope, it's like looking in a mirror.

After everything she thinks it is strange he never knew how much she really cared and how sincere she was. She wanted to be the one to make him happy and for him to be the one to make her happy and what could have been. She loved him for what he was but he was too broken to appreciate it or just didn't feel the same way.

I think it's about disappointment, a broken heart and a damaged soul.

Maybe the darkness also becomes part of what makes him so real to her. Accepting truth in disappointment and hurt. He has damaged her, she can't trust her own perception of reality and now she has to build her own walls. She continues to love him from a distance.

Part of her believes she understood him and that he would have loved her if only he really knew and the other part of her knows the sad truth.



All comments from YouTube:

@willtinarey3674

This was the first CD my boyfriend bought me in 94. He became my husband for 23 yrs. He passed away in 2018. I will always love you Wilson Reyes Jr. You will never fade from my heart or memory my love.

@johnboy1828

I hope you find peace.......You are not alone. I lost my wife of 31 years last June. It's been a struggle.

@SirLeDoux

So sorry-prayers for you and your heart

@cantgetright4241

😢

@weluvtomk.__

Bless you. So sad for you as I read this

@Moogiesara

I am so sorry for your loss,,That is an amazing cd he bought you!! RIP Mr Reyes!!

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@mazzyellisriddick419

My dad named me after this band and he passed away when I was 5 .he said I would sing like her. & he absolutely adored her songs .now I listen to this song almost daily to feel a embrace of him to me .❤️‍🩹

@mazzyellisriddick419

No my real name is mazzy .my dad named me after the band

@mwbrada

So sorry you lost your father so early. He had very good taste. One of the best songs ever.

@darealthiqqdaddy

I love you.

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