Not Fade Away

Lyrics: Hardin/Petty
Music: Hardin/Petty

Played a few times by the Grateful Dead in their earliest years, and became a staple from the end of 1969 onwards.

I wanna tell you how it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I wanna love you night and day
You know our lovin' not fade away
You know our lovin' not fade away
Not fade away

My love is bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show you but you drive me back
Your love for me has gotta be real
You're gonna know just how I feel
A love that's real not fade away
Not fade away
The version sung in 1966 was a bit different:
I wanna tell you it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
Hey baby that's no lie
I'm going to get you by and by
You know our lovin' not fade away

Come on baby, hold my hand
You know I'm gonna be your candyman
Hey baby that's no lie
You know I'm going to get you by and by
A love like ours will not fade away

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Other Dead-related Recordings

Roots
The original version by Buddy Holly had a few differences from the Grateful Dead's version, including a third verse:
I'm gonna tell you it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
I'm gonna love you night and day
you know my lovin' not fade away
you know my lovin' not fade away

My love is bigger than a Cadillac
I try to show it but you drive me back
Your love for me has gotta be real
For you to know just how I feel
A love that's real not fade away

I'm gonna tell you it's gonna be
You're gonna give your love to me
A love to last more than one day
A love that's love'll not fade away
A love that's love'll not fade away