Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Springsteen Lyrics of the Week - Fade Away

"Tell me what can I do, waht can I say
'Cause darlin' I don't wanna fade away"
- "Fade Away", The River

A lesser known song from disc two of The River, "Fade Away" is performed in the style of the laconic '60s doo wop perfected by bands like The Shirelles and The Platters.  While the instrumetns ease out a toe-tapping rhythm, the lyrics express the desperate please of a man on the verge of being dumped.  While the verses appeal for giving the relationship another chance, the chorus repeatedly reveals an even harsher fear, being forgotten all together.