"Fader" as written by and Lorenzo Sillito Abby Mandagi....
I'm in transit
Floating stranded on this boat
And I pledge myself allegiance
To a better night sleep at home
And the sweet, sweet sun's comin' down hard
The sun's comin' down hard, it burns the bones
So hold a hand for cover, hold a hand for cover
Hold a hand for cover from harm

Woo, ooh, ooh
Talk don't change a thing (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader (woo, ooh, ooh)
Words don't sink it swims (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader

This mess, so we tried our best
That's all that we can do
While the angels walk with the lonely ones
In the cold rain to rescue you
And this fable world's comin' down hard
The wall's comin' down hard on all our homes
So hold a hand for cover, hold a hand for cover
Hold a hand for cover from harm

Woo, ooh, ooh
Talk don't change a thing (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader (woo, ooh, ooh)
Words don't sink it swims (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader

Woo, ooh, ooh
Talk don't change a thing (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader (woo, ooh, ooh)
Words don't sink it swims (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader (woo, ooh, ooh)
Oh, it's fading fader (woo, ooh, ooh)


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"Fader" as written by Tobias James Dundas Abby Mandagi

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  • +11
    My InterpretationThis might be a really cheesy interpretation of this song, but I think this is a pretty simple one concerning relationships ending:

    [I'm in transit
    But I'm stranded on this boat
    And I pledge myself allegiance
    To a better night's sleep at home]

    In between relationships, feeling stranded and lonely, but trying hard as possible to remain optimistic and happy (thus sleeping better at night).

    [And the sweet, sweet sun's comin' down
    Hard, the sun's comin' down
    Hard, it burns the bones
    So hold a hand for cover
    Hold a hand for cover
    Hold a hand for cover from harm]

    Now referring to how the relationship in question ended. The "sweet sun" that was the relationship came crashing down to nobody's surprise, so both both individuals are finding cover in other things (e.g. friends and other important people in their lives).

    [Talk don't change a thing
    Oh, it's fadin' for ya
    Words don't sink, they swims
    Oh, it's fadin' for ya]

    Talking about the state of their relationship never changed anything. The words they say to each other in attempt to "fix" things never really sink into how they behave, so the relationship begins to decline in health and how they feel about each other "fades"

    [Bless
    This mess we tried our best
    For something we can do
    While the angels walk with the lonely ones
    In the cold rain and rescue you]

    The relationship is in shambles, but they tried their hardest to make it work. I think the author is trying to say that staying optimistic is the best thing now because "angels" will rescue the lonely eventually.

    [And this fatal world's comin' down
    Hard, walls comin' down
    Hard, in all our homes
    So hold a hand for cover
    Hold a hand for cover
    Hold a hand for cover from harm]

    Same as first pre-chorus: Relationship is falling apart so people are "taking cover".



    I really like the lyrics of this song in this sense because they are very pragmatic. There are millions of songs that can be interpreted as being about relationships, and even more about relationships ending, but a large majority of them tend to be unrealistic and talk about how much one character loved another one and can't live anymore without them. Passionate, sure, but not especially true to life.
    People get into relationships, they eventually fall apart, and people move on, that's what really happens most of the time, and this song seems to acknowledge that. Even more realistic is the fact that the chorus makes strong mention that a lot of the time talking about things doesn't solve the really pure problems that often lead to relationships ending. Most break ups involve plenty of talking about the state of the relationship beforehand, but despite everybody's best attempts to take talking to heart, they eventually don't change anything, and that's just how it goes sometimes.

    Even better is that I don't really see this as a "sad" song, I see it as extremely optimistic. The song isn't trying to BS you into thinking people can always just have done things differently; sometimes relationships just end because people are too different or whatever, despite how much they may have been into each other.
    A lot of "break up" songs (if you choose to see Fader as that) tend it inspire either remorse for the past or hope for a reconnection. This song seems to do neither, opting instead to inspire a respect for the past and optimism for an entirely different future.
    SpiralOfOurDivon August 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionYeah I love this song too but can someone tell me what they think it's about!
    rossoneri91on December 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningfader: a device for varying the volume of sound, the intensity of light, or the gain on a video or audio signal

    A "fading" fader would be a fading control of stimuli, the things around you, or, more so, this world, the environment, and the conditions thereof. Hence, "this fable world's comin' down." Hold onto a hand because these cruel conditions are ahead, inevitable. This idea that we have (i.e. to say we are in control) is fading fast. As much as we talk about it, this talks floats along with us. They don't sink down into the depths and sod of Nature.

    Also. jimcavs22 has good insight into a biographical understanding of this song that is think is important to note.
    LondonPoeton November 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove ittttt
    Bezahhon November 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have no clue what it's about but it's dope as fuuuck
    pawlowskion April 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is brilliant.
    60_miles_an_houron August 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song has to do with how people talk about changing the world but actually do very little to alter the world they see. The "pledge alliegence" referance is political, taking a blow at nations. The "hold a hand" and "angel" lines seem to suggest that we can all be angels, helping ones soul at a time. The world is not pretty, but we have the power to change that. Fade the talk, start the action.
    flamaze13on December 31, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionIsn't it

    FLOATING stranded on a boat

    and

    BLESS this mess

    ?
    chippereyon March 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI think the opening lyric is

    'I'm, in transit
    for the stranded'

    Not

    'I'm in transit
    but im stranded'

    I picked it up watching the film clip, he clearly says for.

    Cracker of a song.
    ClemAdamon March 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts 'I'm in transit, floating stranded on this boat' and ' bless this mess,
    we tried our best' it says it on there website.
    Best temper trap song by far.
    diddleon April 29, 2010   Link

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