FADED PICTURES by Case featuring Joe

January 16, 2023

Case album cover

“Faded Pictures” was released in 1998 under the record label Def Jam 2000. The funk/ soul single features Joseph Thomas, also known as Joe.

Fun Facts:

  • “Faded Pictures” was released as part of Cases’ second album Personal Conversation, which was released on April 20, 1999.
  • Personal Conversation performed exceptionally and was highly acclaimed by music critics.
  • Joe, also known as Joseph Lewis Thomas, also produced the album. 
  • Case was born on October 4, 1975, in New York City as Case. His musical career began with the R&B group Future and a duo called Black. He also spent time co-writing songs and providing background vocals for Usher.
  • Case’s solo career took off after the 1996 release of “Touch Me Tease Me,” featuring Foxxy Brown and Mary J. Blige. The song was part of the soundtrack for The Nutty Professor. The song went gold after reaching fourth place on the R&B songs chart and fourteenth place on the US Billboard Hot 100.
  • “Faded Pictures” won a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. 
  • This hit single was the most successful song on the album, reaching the #3 spot on both the Hot R&B Singles and US Billboard Hot 100. 
  • The song “Happily Ever After,” which was also part of the Personal Conversation album, featured a then 17 year old Beyoncé who was just starting to make a name for herself in the music industry.
  • Some music critics argue that Case’s success in the industry can be largely attributed to his appearance on movie soundtracks. Some movies he has appeared in include The Nutty Professor, Rush Hour, and The Klumps.

Lyrics 

That’s right

Life is funny ain’t it (yeah)

Sometimes you can end up with

Somebody you really don’t wanna be with

And others left to figure it out

Check it

She was more than a women, a goddess for all it seems

All I ever needed was her right here loving me

For a while we were cool and the groovin’ love was on

But I still remember how it felt when our love was gone

In a tattered picture book

Was a photograph she took years ago

(Secret memories in her mind)

Secret memories in her mind

How could love be so unkind?

Heartbreak time (my heart is breaking)

Just faded pictures in a broken glass (broken glass)

Like a mirror revealing (I see, I see you)

What the woman is feeling

Was it someone from a distant past? (Way back long ago)

‘Cause it’s breaking my heart

To watch her stare into the glass (Joe help me out!)

As she turned through the pages the tears rolled down her face

I could see her reminiscing, why her life had to be this way

Then she stopped and she came to a page where her diary ends

To smell the scent of an old rose, from her lover I suppose

In a tattered picture book (tattered picture book)

Was a photograph she took (she took, yeah) years ago

(Secret memories in her mind)

Secret memories in her mind (oh oh)

How could love be so unkind? (Unkind)

Heartbreak time

Faded pictures in a broken glass (oh baby)

Like a mirror revealing (like a mirror revealing)

What the woman is feeling

(Was it someone from a distant past?)

Was it someone from a distant past? (Oh oh)

‘Cause it’s breaking my heart (it’s breaking my heart)

To watch her stare into the glass (stare into the glass)

Just keep spinning

As she stares into the glass, I’ll be waiting

‘Cause she’s lost inside the past

Let’s just keep spinning

Spin, spin, spin, spin

As she stares into the glass, I’ll be waiting

‘Cause she’s lost inside the past (lost inside the past)

Faded pictures in a broken glass (in a broken glass)

Like a mirror revealing (I feel it)

What the woman is feeling (yeah and I know it too)

Was it someone from a distant past? (Way back long ago)

‘Cause it’s breaking my heart

You’re breaking my, you’re breaking my

You’re breaking my heart girl

Faded pictures in a broken glass

Oh, hmm

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