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 (second only to Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You") in the United States. It was the last Top 10 single for Roxette in this country, who had a remarkable run over a three-year period, with four Number One singles as well as two No.2 singles; It Must Have Been Love, and Dangerous.

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.

Critical Reception[edit]

The song received a positive review from Bryan Buss of AllMusic. He commented "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)," an insistent rock ballad, takes things down a notch.[1]

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.

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
End of year chart (1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 44

Adaptation to Spanish[edit]

  • The same Roxette recorded a Spanish adaptation of the subject named "Soy una Mujer" published in 1996 for his successful album in Spanish Baladas En Español It was placed as one of the classics of the '90s ballad' in Spain and Latin America.


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).


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