"Fading" as written by and Joshua Oliver Paul Ebersold....
It starts with one time to fit in
Addiction slowly setting in
I drifted off into dismay

Eyes looking back at me
I can't even see your face
The pressure is closing in
It's taken me again

Wait, it's all that I can take
And every single day
A part of my soul is fading
But now by letting go somehow
Unshackled and unbound
I'm calling out your name
I'm fading
So save me
From what I've become

It's like a force that's pulling you
It's empty promise hides the truth

Eyes looking back at me
I can't even see your face
The pressure is closing in
It's taken me again

Wait, it's all that I can take
And every single day
A part of my soul is fading
But now by letting go somehow
Unshackled and unbound
I'm calling out your name
I'm fading
So save me
From what I've become

Just about to break
Help me see the way
I shatter into pieces on the floor

Wait, it's all that I can take
And every single day
A part of my soul is fading
But now by letting go somehow
Unshackled and unbound
I'm calling out your name
I'm fading

Eyes looking back at me
I can't even see your face
The pressure is closing in
It's taken me again

Wait, it's all that I can take
And every single day
A part of my soul is fading
But now by letting go somehow
Unshackled and unbound
I'm calling out your name
I'm fading

Oh! Wait, it's all that I can take
And every single day
A part of my soul is fading
But now by letting go somehow
Unshackled and unbound
I'm calling out your name
I'm fading
So save me
From what I've become


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"Fading" as written by Chris Clonts Brandon Mills

Lyrics © KAREN SCHAUBEN PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION, Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +3
    General Comment"tackled and bound"?!? Are you kidding me?!? It's "unshackled and unbound" as in getting rid of the chains and breaking free. And that's only one misinterpritation. That part of the song was misinterpreted. It's "but now I'm letting go somehow, unshackled and unbound"
    FindingGodInMusicon June 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song general means that we fade away from God from all the addiction we face everyday. When we are sunk to deep in our addiction we cry out for God to save us from the monster we have become
    Other wise this is a good song
    roy007on April 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI always took this song to be about fighting an addiction to self image. (I noticed there's some debate about what the lyrics are so I've used my own interpretation. Sorry if it annoys you.)

    "It starts with one time to fit in" could, for example, be a person convinced one little part of their body, like their nose, is the wrong shape so they go to get a rhinoplasty and it makes them happy for a little while. But then they think some other parts of them are ugly, so they go back again and again: "Addiction slowly setting in". And each time they just get more miserable and convinced they're ugly, "I drifted off into dismay".

    Now to the pre-chorus. The "Eyes looking back at me" could belong to those who notice how unhappy the person is, friends, family and boyfriends (or girlfriends; men aren't immune to low self esteem). And "I can't even see your face" might be that all these people who care about the person can't see who they are any more because they hide themselves under make-up or baggy clothes and don't allow themselves to open up. "Aggression is closing in" could be the person's reaction when their problem gets really bad and others try to tell them they need help.

    I think the chorus is self-explanatory - the person hits rock bottom and is desperate to not feel the way they do any longer. They can't save themselves so they cry out to someone who cares to save them.

    "It's like a force that's pulling you" could be a line trying to encompass the massive power that low self esteem has over someone, and "Its empty promise hides the truth" could refer to the beauty industry and its shows and magazines telling people that they need to buy lotions and kits to look good.

    Again with the pre-chorus, the "Eyes" could be a person's own eyes as they look in a mirror, trying to find the beauty there that other people say they have but they just can't see for themselves. The "Aggression" could be directed at themselves as their self-hate grows to a level they can't control.

    Back to the chorus. I think the line is "Unshackled and unbound" and I think on its own it can generally mean a person breaking free from their torment. But I read a story one time about an anorexic girl who was so in denial about her weight that a hospital had to strap her down and force feed her. She eventually started to eat on her own, so they took her straps off. I think that line would definitely be fitting for her.

    I think the song captures all aspects of self image and can be interpreted to be talking about cosmetic surgery, make-up, tanning, slimming, fashion, etc. I love the album's cover, of the crash test dummy's head shattering. I think its an amazing metaphor for a person in this situation, as that might be how they feel or even what they want to happen so they don't have to think anymore. It fits well with the bridge, especially the lines "Wait, just about to break" and "I'm shattering to pieces on the floor".

    The first time I listened to this song I got tears in my eyes. It's just such a powerful song, and one of my all time favorites, though it took me a long time to figure out why. I gave it to my friends to listen to and they all said they thought it was really depressing. They may have a point but I think the core message is a hopeful one. I always like to imagine that the very last time "I'm fading" is sung, its a person's demons that are fading, leaving them to be free.
    simplybeckaon August 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBoth verses here are screwed up:

    [V1]
    It starts with one time to fit in
    Addiction's slowly setting in
    I drifted off into dismay
    Eyes looking back at me
    I can't even see your face
    The pressure is closing in
    Its taking me again

    [V2]
    Its like a force thats pulling you
    It's empty promises are true
    Eyes looking back at me
    I can't even see your face
    The pressure is closing in
    Its taking me again

    And it does sound like tackled and bound, but im pretty sure i could make him out saying unshackled and unbound...thats the only thing that makes sense anyway
    s2adamson July 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think
    "I'm calling out to name I'm fading" sounds more like
    "I'm calling out Your name I'm fading"..
    and "I'm tackling them down" should probably be "I’m tackled and I’m bound"
    Nacilon May 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comments2adams fixed all the mistakes in the lyrics. And it is definitely "unshackled and unbound"... that's common sense using the context, and besides, it sounds exactly like those words. I just listened to the chorus in loop like 40 times (biblical reference lol)
    FLAWL3sson August 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm, i hear "i'm shackled and i'm bound" which actually fits in with that part of the song because he's telling how he's basically losing himself and who he used to be and he's asking God to come and save him from who has has become, so shackled and bound makes sense to me, because only God can free you from that.

    at any rate, i love, love, love this song <3
    amazing band (:
    CantGoOnWithoutYourLoveon January 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm, i hear "i'm shackled and i'm bound" which actually fits in with that part of the song because he's telling how he's basically losing himself and who he used to be and he's asking God to come and save him from who has has become, so shackled and bound makes sense to me, because only God can free you from that.

    at any rate, i love, love, love this song <3
    amazing band (:
    CantGoOnWithoutYourLoveon January 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHALLELUJAH!! GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE!!
    kjb13on April 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery amazing song. It means so much. It's saying we want to fit in with the "Cool" crowd. We try to do whatever we can for people to like us. Soon enough we start getting angry, we can't even see God. We wonder why couldn't we fit in with the "Cool" people.

    Then he says it's enough hes ready to give up what hes been doing and run to God. That by letting go of living the way he was he was "Unshackled and unbound". Then he is calling for God to save him from the mess he made.

    Anyway it is a very amazing song. It means a lot to me, cause I have been finding that it's cooler to live for God, and to know where you are going. Rather then live for evil. Anyway I'm pretty sure he says "Unshackled and unbound" not "I'm tackling and I'm bound". God bless.
    Tenraion April 25, 2010   Link

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