Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)

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"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
FadingLikeAFlower.jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Joyride
B-side "I Remember You"
Released 17 April 1991
Format
Recorded July 1990
Studio EMI Studios, Stockholm
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:51
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette singles chronology
"Joyride"
(1991)
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
(1991)
"The Big L."
(1991)
"Joyride"
(1991)
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
(1991)
"The Big L."
(1991)
Music video
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" on YouTube

"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette, released as the second single from their third studio album, Joyride (1991).

Composition and style[edit]

According to Ultimate Guitar, the song is written in common time with a moderately fast tempo of 105 beats per minute, it is a piano-based rock ballad in the key of F which modulates a step up to G halfway through the song. The track follows a basic chord sequence of Am–Em–Am–C–G–Am–Em–D in each verse, the first two lines of each chorus have a progression of C–F–Am–G–C–F–G–C, with the second half of the chorus amending the sequence to a shortened C–F–Am–G–F–G. The bridge consists of three repetitions of Am–G–C–D followed by a progression of E–E7–Am–C–G–Am.[1] Roxette later recorded a Spanish version of the song for their 1996 compilation album Baladas en español.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot mostly in the Stockholm suburb of Gamla stan, and features images of Stockholm City Hall.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Although not as successful as previous single "Joyride", the song was a top ten hit in numerous countries,[3] it remains the duo's highest-peaking single ever on the Irish Singles Chart, peaking at number four. "Listen to Your Heart", "It Must Have Been Love" and "Almost Unreal" all peaked at number five.[4] On the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number 12,[5] it charted highest in North America, peaking at number two in Canada and on the US Billboard Hot 100—where it was held off the top spot in both countries by Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".[6][7]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle.

  • Cassette and 7" single (Sweden 1364047 · UK TCEM190 · US 4KM-50355)
  1. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" – 3:51
  2. "I Remember You" – 3:55
  • 12" single (Europe 1364046)
  1. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" – 3:51
  2. "I Remember You" – 3:55
  3. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" (Gatica Mix) – 3:57
  • CD single (Europe 1364042)
  1. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" – 3:51
  2. "I Remember You" – 3:55
  3. "Physical Fascination" (Extended/Guitar Solo Version) – 4:00
  4. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" (Gatica Mix) – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Ballad Hits.[8]

  • Recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden in July 1990.
  • Mixed by Alar Suurna, Per Gessle and Clarence Öfwerman at EMI Studios in Stockholm.

Musicians

Charts[edit]

Dancing DJs vs. Roxette (2005)[edit]

"Fading Like a Flower"
Dancing DJs - Fading Like a Flower.jpg
Single by Dancing DJs vs. Roxette
Released 25 July 2005
Format
Genre Dance
Length 3:05
Label All Around the World
Songwriter(s) Per Gessle

In 2005, the song was remixed by British dance act Dancing DJs. Credited as Dancing DJs vs Roxette, the remix charted in numerous territories, including Finland, Ireland, Sweden and the UK.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  • Digital download
  1. "Fading Like a Flower" (Dancing DJs Remix - Radio Edit) – 3:05
  2. "Fading Like a Flower" (Hardino Mix) – 6:05
  3. "Fading Like a Flower" (Dancing DJs Remix - Extended Mix) – 6:10
  4. "Fading Like a Flower" (Alex K Remix) – 6:08
  5. "Fading Like a Flower" (Discode Remix) – 6:30
  6. "Fading Like a Flower" (Alex K Bounce Remix) – 5:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[33] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[34] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 41
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 12

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Norwegian death metal band Cadaver recorded a cover of the song.
  • A eurodance cover of the song was recorded by Mysterio.
  • There are two Chinese versions of the song, both recorded by female artistes: A Mandarin version "I don't want to wait any more" (我不要再等待) by Taiwanese singer Lin Meng (林蒙), and a Cantonese version "Thinking only of your love" (只想你的爱) by Hong Kong diva Cass Phang (彭羚).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fading Like A Flower Version 4 by Roxette". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection (DVD liner notes). Roxette. EMI. 2003. 7243 4 90946 9 7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Songs from the Year 1991". tsort.info. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Roxette". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Roxette: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart | The week of August 31, 1991". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 31 August 1991. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1600." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ Lindström, Sven (2002). The Ballad Hits (CD liner notes). Roxette. Capitol Records. 72435 42798-2 9. 
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Finnish Singles Charts 1961-1995: Toukokuu 1991 May". Suomen virallinen singlelista. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1991" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Roxette search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
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  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)". VG-lista. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr492 - 26 lipca 1991". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 26 July 1991. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Roxette Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Roxette Chart History (Adult Contemporary)" Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Roxette Chart History (Radio Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Alle Rechte Jahreshitparade 1991" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1991" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "RPM100 - Hit Tracks of 1991 Top Singles: Volume 55, No. 3 - Dec 21, 1991". RPM. RPM Library Archives. 21 December 1991. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  29. ^ "De Single Top 100 1991 Over" (PDF) (in Dutch). Radio 538. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "Jaahroverzichten 1991" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  31. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  32. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1991". Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  33. ^ "Dancing DJs vs. Roxette: Fading Like a Flower" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  34. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Roxette". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  35. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dancing DJs vs. Roxette – Fading Like a Flower". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  36. ^ "Dancing DJs v Roxette: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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