Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)

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"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
Single by Roxette
from the album Joyride
B-side "I Remember You"
Released 17 April 1991
Recorded 1990 at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:51
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette singles chronology
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
"The Big L"
Music video
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" on YouTube

"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette. It was released as the second single from their third studio album, Joyride (1991). In July 1991, the song spent a week at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It was the last Top 10 single for Roxette in the United States, who had a remarkable run over a three-year period, with four Number One singles as well as this number two hit.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot mostly in Gamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden and features images of Stockholm City Hall. It was written[clarification needed] in 1989 ("in Canada" according to Gessle), but eventually released in 1991.

Track listing[edit]

"I Remember You" was the B-side for this single in the U.S. The single was available as a 7" and 12" format as well as a cassette single.

  1. "Fading Like a Flower [Every Time You Leave]"
  2. "I Remember You" (Bonus track)
  3. "Physical Fascination" (Guitar solo version)
  4. "Fading Like a Flower" (Gatica Remix)


The song was most successful in North America, peaking at #2 in the USA and Canada. It was also a top 5 or top 10 hit across most of Europe.

End of year chart (1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 44


The song was remixed by the Dancing DJs in 2005 and charted at #18 in the UK.

Produced in 2005, credited as Dancing DJ's vs Roxette - "Fading Like A Flower".

  1. "Radio Edit"
  2. "Hardino Mix"
  3. "Extended Mix"
  4. "Alex K Mix"
  5. "Discode Mix"
  6. "Alex K Bounce Mix"

Musical analysis[edit]

Piano based rock ballad, in the key of F. It modulates a whole step up to G halfway through the song.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Norwegian death metal band Cadaver recorded a cover of the song.
  • A eurodance cover of the song was recorded by Mysterio.
  • There are two Chinese versions of the song, both recorded by female artistes: A Mandarin version "I don't want to wait any more" (我不要再等待) by Taiwanese singer Lin Meng (林蒙), and a Cantonese version "Thinking only of your love" (只想你的爱) by Hong Kong diva Cass Phang (彭羚).


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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