"Fade To Grey" as written by Steve Mason, Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine, Matt Odmark and Matthew Ryan Bronleewe....
It's not hard to know what you're thinking
When you look down on me now
Your trance of love is seeking
To turn this world around
But in my state of blind confusion
No God can pull me out
I see your love is willing
To turn me inside out

And then I see you there
The lonely tears I cry
I wish they'd release me

It's in despair that I find faith
Summon the night to bow down to day
When ignorance is bliss
Save me from myself

[Chorus]
And then I see you there
With your arms open wide and you try to embrace me
These lonely tears I cry
They keep me in chains and I wish they'd release me
Cold is the night but
Colder still is the heart made of stone, turned from clay
And if you follow me
You'll see all the black, all the white fade to gray
Fade to gray
Fade to gray

[Chorus: x2]


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"Fade to Grey" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

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    General CommentThe best darn Jars song perioed!!
    barbaro316on June 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAboslutely my fav song by them!!
    Midorrianon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti wonder if by 'You'll see all the black, all the white fade to grey' dan is referring to the mingling of Christ's white spirit and our black spirit turning ours to grey?
    buzzinggfroggon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGood observation buzz, and this used to be my all-time favorite Jars track, but now it is Thou Lovely Source of True Delight.
    Celtic_FCon September 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is entirely about being lost.

    the fading to grey is an illustration of right and wrong joining in his eyes, and he can't find the path he ought to be following.

    he intermixes it with the picture of god's willingness to save him "and then i see you there with your arms open wide" etc.

    basically, this song covers what it's like to be dazed and confused living your life apart from god, and the plea of having god come correct your ills.
    Wackdeeon December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI personally struggled with the idea of black and white fading to gray for a long time though this is also one of my favorites songs from Jars.

    But at the end what left me satisfied about its meaning is when I lived through the process itself: At the beginning when you give your life to Christ, you start to contrast everything with God. if you become religious, you'll believe everything is black and white. If you truly love Jesus, you'll see that nothing is black or white because our incapacity to perceive things objectively. When you grow as a Christian, you start talking less, judging less, hating less and loving more, even whom doesn't "deserve" to be loved. It's the greatest instance of humbleness: to assert less and to ask more.

    So I must disagree with Wackdee in that this song (to me at least) does not cover what is like to be living our lifes apart from God, but just the opposite: "When ignorance is bliss" Wow, "SAVE ME FROM MYSELF!" It is not about a person who doesn't know God and gets to know him but about a person who already loves God and finds out that is not a exactly the God he though it was, but recognizes that the real God wants to turn him inside-out, breaking paradigms and humbling our assertions of what is good or bad to the gray of love that before condemning, loves unconditionally.
    oviazcanon September 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with oviazcan, it is clearly telling of an encounter with God. I think it's about being in despair and confusion and then discovering Jesus' passionate longing for us ('then I see you there with your arms open wide and you try to embrace me').

    The lyrics are very powerful, and express beautifully the intense experience when you are close to despair and then suddenly see God's loving presence very clearly. I find those moments hard to describe, but the chorus does it very well.

    One of my favorite songs, text and music fit together nicely.
    StennethFlushpoolon October 02, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a Christian's struggle with bitterness toward God. It is the "dark night of the soul" experience when a believer is going through a rough time and experiencing much grief "These lonely tears I cry/They keep me in chains and I wish they'd release me" The believer knows that God can reach out to him and give comfort "With Your arms open wide and You try to embrace me" and he also knows the consequences of turning from God "Cold is the night but/Colder still is the heart made of stone, turned from clay" There aren't many people more bitter than those who experience God and then turn from him and turn their hearts to stone.

    Much like what oviazcan said, it is the experience of a believer growing in God. It's much like C.S. Lewis' A Grief Observed where the believer knows the right thing to think and how God is but his emotions and feelings fight against his knowledge. There was a struggle between Lewis' knowledge of who God was and how he felt toward God in his time of grief.

    When you first become a Christian you do see things as very black and white but as you grow you come to realize that the only thing that is truly black and white is Christ's sacrifice and everything else is very gray. Our grief is characterized in this song as being black and white because when you go through a hard time you see things in extremes. In the end God promises that if we follow him that will fade to gray.
    refractor82on October 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think his "state of blind confusion" is the state of seeing everything as grey. He is having a tough time seeing the difference between the black and white of what is wrong and what is right, and he keeps falling into sin even though he believes in Christ.

    I don't think that the closer we grow to Jesus, the more we see things as grey. Rather, I think grey is where we start as a Christian and unfortunately it is also where we can fall. Sometimes we can be so surrounded by blacks and whites that confusion is all that remains.

    Grey also reminds me of the lukewarm church. We're told in the scriptures that being a lukewarm Christian is worse than being cold or hot. Revelation 3:15-16 talks about how the lukewarm will be cast out. Check out 1 John 2:15-16 as well: "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world."

    Gaining a closer relationship with Christ gives us eyes to see more clearly. Eyes to discern between right and wrong, and eyes that enable us to step out of this shade of grey that we all so often find ourselves. Through Christ we are able to see the fine line between black and white, and see just how much Jesus had to sacrifice of Himself to save us.
    gureisuon June 10, 2011   Link

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