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Slipping Away is the b-side to Mariah's hit single, Always Be My Baby.

Background[]

Mariah originally planned on including "Slipping Away" on her 1995 album “Daydream”, however, it did not make the final cut. Speculation as to why the track was not included on the album has been a popular topic amongst fans, with some claiming that Columbia Records CEO, Tommy Mottola, axed the song as it was too “urban” for the overall album and would possibly change Carey’s girl-next-door image, whereas others speculate that Mottola removed the song due to its obvious allusions to his disintegrating marriage to Carey.[1] Mariah has recently confirmed that the label didn't let her include it on the album because "it was too R&B."[source?]

Live performances[]

Mariah has never performed "Slipping Away" in its entirety. However, she has performed snippets of the song periodically. In 2000, she performed a snippet of the song during the Chicago date of the Rainbow World Tour.[2] During Caution Era, Mariah performed the song backstage with her background singers. She also performed a snippet of the song during the Paris and London dates of the Caution World Tour.[3] In February 2020, Mariah performed a snippet of the song at her The Butterfly Returns concert.[4]

Video[]

Lyrics[]

[Chorus 1]

So far, so far
You're slipping away, away
You're slipping away from the life and the love we made
Baby, I'm so afraid
So far, so far, so far
You're slipping away, away
You're slipping right out of my grasp
When you're fading fast it seems
You know you're slipping away from me

[Verse 1]
I keep on reaching and I
I keep on trying
But you never even hold me
And it seems like you don't know me, baby
I keep on yearning and I
I guess I'm learning
That it's just a losing fight
'Cause there's no passion in your eyes

[Chorus 1]
So far, so far
You're slipping away, away
Slipping away from the life and the love we made
Baby, I'm so afraid
So far, so far, so far
You're slipping away, away
Slipping right out of my grasp
When you're fading fast it seems
You know you're slipping away from me

[Verse 2]
I keep denying that our
Our love is dying
But it's all a big charade
And it's a fruitless game to play
I can't remember when you
You last were tender
And it's always touch and go
The silence chills me to the bone

[Chorus 1]
So far, so far
You're slipping away, away
You're slipping away from the life and the love we made
Baby, I'm so afraid
So far, so far, so far
You're slipping away, away
Slipping right out of my grasp
When you're fading fast it seems
You know you're slipping away from me

Further, further
You're so far

[Bridge]
Time after time I reach for you
Try and I try but you're so aloof
Where is the boy that you used to be?
Baby, you're slipping away from me

[Bridge]
Time after time I reach for you
Try and I try but you're so aloof
Where is the boy that you used to be?
Baby, you're slipping away from me

[Chorus 2]
So far, so far
You're slipping away, away
Slipping away from what we had
Truly, I just don't understand
So far, so far, so far
You're slipping away, away
You're slipping right out of my grasp
When you're fading fast it seems
You know you're slipping away

[Bridge]
Time after time I reach for you
Try and I try but you're so aloof
Where is the boy that you used to be?
Baby, you're slipping away from me

[Bridge]
Time after time I reach for you
Try and I try but you're so aloof
Where is the boy that you used to be?

Baby, you're slipping away from me

Reference[]

  1. Genuis: Slipping Away Page - retrieved 8/17/20
  2. Slipping Away Chicago Snippet YouTube Rainbow World Tour Chicago - retrieved 8/17/20
  3. Slipping Away & Melt Away Snippet skip to 0:32 - retrieved 8/17/20
  4. Slipping Away (The Butterfly Returns) - retrieved 8/17/20
Daydream
October 3, 1995 • 46:29 • Columbia Records
Songs
Released Always Be My BabyDaydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix)FantasyForeverI Am FreeLong AgoLooking InMelt AwayOne Sweet DayOpen ArmsUnderneath the StarsWhen I Saw You
Bonus El Amor Que SoñéFantasy (Def Club Mix)Slipping Away
Artists
Mariah CareyBoyz II Men
Tour
Daydream World Tour
The Rarities
October 2, 2020 • 2:16:25 • Columbia & Legacy Records
Songs
Released All I Live ForCan You Hear MeClose My EyesCool on YouDo You Think Of MeEverything Fades AwayHere We Go Around AgainI PrayLoverboy (Firecracker Original Version)Lullaby of BirdlandMesmerizedOne NightOut Here on My OwnSave The DaySlipping Away
Artists
Mariah CareyLauryn Hill
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