"Memories Are Designed To Fade" as written by Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes....
I'd never let you down when you're in a fix
I'd come running when you call
That's my weakness baby
So connected are we
You get your kicks from the ghost of a memory
So busy turning away from reality baby
That you just won't let it go
But memories fade
Yeah they're designed that way

But you're so wrapped up in her you don't see straight
Watch her mangle the truth while you take the bait
So tell her can't you see?
Your just turning yourself inside out for no need

This thing you're using is worse then a photograph
It picks you up and it turns you inside out now baby
And it just won't let you go

But memories fade
Yeah they're designed that way

She doesn't love you anymore
Maybe she did long ago
You're just a slave to the grind that she grew tired of baby
So tell her can't you see?
You're just turning yourself inside out for no need
But memories fade
Cause they're designed that way

She doesn't love you anymore
Maybe she did long ago
You're just a slave to the grind that she grew tired of baby
So tell her can't you see?
You're just turning yourself
You're just turning yourself inside out for no need
You're just turning yourself inside out for no need


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"Memories Are Designed to Fade" as written by Darren Hayes Daniel Jones

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    General CommentOk, so I've confirmed it now. Eirenightshade, Darren is not talking to himself. He is not talking to himself, but it's actually a woman who said that phrase. I also like that explanation too, and as a matter of fact I relate to it in that way: me telling to myself how tricked and manipulated I am being.

    But like I said before, this song was quite exactly being inspired by a movie called Strange Days of 1995. The character named Mace (Angela Basset) falls in love with the character of Ralph Fiennes, who is still attached to the memories of an old girlfriend of his (Juliette Lewis) and just keeps on "relieving" them by a futuristic kind of device, so he's never over her and literally lives in the past. So that woman Mace tells him: "Memories are meant to fade. They're designed that way for a reason." :)

    I was glad to finally see that it was that literal. I loved the story of the movie, and I also can relate to the fact of being in love with someone who is thinking about someone else, and you can't find the way to tell that person: "can't you see?"
    Gabigson April 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one's commented here yet, this is a great song. One of my favourite b-sides.

    The singer is infatuated with a guy/girl but they're caught in their memories of this other woman and won't commit to him perhaps.
    sleepfloweron November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"But memories fade
    Yeah they're designed that way"

    Those lyrics stand out on their own. Not that they aren't awesome here. But I could sing those two lines on their own and they wouldn't have to relate to the rest of the song...

    I love the first verse as well. But I'm not sure why. ^^;;

    I find it odd that the 'other' person is a woman and not a man. It raises questions in my head and they're not what you're thinking. XP
    hazirahMon June 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song means a lot to me, ever since I bought my first SG cd I felt touched by it...Probably because I was in love with a guy that was always thinking and talking about someone else and I couldn't find the way to say to him: "Can't you see that you two just don't get along...". But at the same time I listened to it and said to myself: "don't you see what a liar he is, how able he is to manipulate you and play with you -watch him mangle the truth and how you take the bait- , he doesn't love you anymore, maybe he did long ago...it's all in your head, you're just turning yourself inside it FOR NO NEED, because he will never change...but still you can't help it, he means too much to you.
    I'm probably one of the few people that are so touched by this song and that actually cries to it.

    But I will give you a hint about a one more general view of the song :p and I've read that these lyrics were inspired by a movie called "Strange Days", which I have yet to see, but apparently it's a story that takes place in the future, and has something to do with a guy that creates some device to get over some girl. I should watch it, but it makes perfect sense to me, and it explains why he says "she doesn't love you anymore..."
    Gabigson August 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty clear in the lyrics of this song that by the second verse Darren is talking to himself. I've never heard the theory that the song was based off a movie, but that's definately interesting and it would make sense. I think this song is about a man who is desperately trying to convince himself that the relationship he's still clutching on to is history because she has moved on. Obviously, he knows it was a toxic relationship where she hurt him pretty badly, but still he loves her and can't get over her. I imagine this song being the man's inner voice, screaming at him to look at reality and realize that she doesn't love him anymore and that he's only wasting time and effort keeping her memory with him. By saying that memories are designed to fade, he's telling himself that she's forgotten him and it's time that he laid his memories of her to rest.
    eirenightshadeon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAhh. How it all makes sense! Darren Hayes does indeed watch way too much television...lol...stop me if you've seen the Alan Rickman drama 'Truly Madly Deeply'!

    Gabigs, that does make perfect sense. It's neat how I can see different meanings through other peoples' eyes. Upon first hearing this song, I thought it might have been about a love that was completely one-sided. One person doing everything for the other while getting nothing in return. I suppose that still makes sense, but I can't argue with what you wrote. I'll definately have to see that movie now. :)
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm glad you came back and read it -I wanted to share my 'discovery' with someone lol-, I still haven't catched the movie on TV because it isn't that popular, you know. But I love the fact that Darren could be inspired by weird futuristic stories like that one! (I was so intrigued that I checked IMDB -Internet Movie Data Base- and in the 'quotes' section there is that one I copied above lol).

    Whatever this song means in reality -and for each of us-, I am still fascinated by it. I think that in quite a simple way it talks about how our own mind can be our enemy sometimes. The sounds (very 90s), Darren's voice (young and passionate) and the regretful sentiment makes it one of my favourites (still). :'(
    Gabigson August 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI watched the movie that inspired it and it's really good. Weird, but good. I was quite touched by it (maybe because of the song) and I understood completely the meaning of it and what drove Darren to write it.
    Gabigson November 04, 2006   Link

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