Fadein/Fadeout

Album: The Stories We Tell Ourselves (2017)
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  • Here, Jonny Hawkins sings about the bond between a father and son. The father brought his son into this world (Fade In") and his son will watch him die ("Fade Out").

    He said:
    "Son, I have watched you fade in
    You will watch me fade out
    I have watched you fade in
    You will watch me fade out
    When the grip leaves my hand
    I know you won't let me down"


    The father will rest easy when he passes away, knowing that his son will continue his legacy.
  • Guitarist Mark Vollelunga came up with the original idea for the song when he and his wife agreed on the name of their son: Fenix. He said: "I can only hope that my fire continues to burn in him long after I fade out - the same fire my father passed on to me. May we all remember our parents and never leave words or feelings left unsaid. Don't let it be too late."
  • When Jonny Hawkins sings the song, he thinks back on his childhood before lost his mom to cancer. "I think about how my dad taught me to throw a ball," the Nothing More vocalist said. "I think about how my mom taught me to tie my shoes. I think about how my dad would always say 'hard work pays off,' trying to teach me a lesson while I was focused on a video game, too young to care."

    Hawkins added: "I think about the first moment I realized that they wouldn't be here forever. I think about how thankful I am."
  • Blue October violinist Ryan Delahoussaye contributes strings to the track.

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