Falling Away from Me

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"Falling Away from Me"
Single by Korn
from the album Issues
Released December 6, 1999
Format 7", CD5"
Recorded 1999
Genre Nu metal
Length 4:31
Label Immortal/Epic
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Korn singles chronology
"Freak on a Leash"
(1999)
"Falling Away from Me"
(1999)
"Jingle Balls"
(1999)

"Falling Away from Me" is a song by American band Korn. It was released as the first single from their fourth album Issues, debuting in an episode of Comedy Central's animated series, South Park, entitled "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery". The song went on to become one of Korn's most popular singles, with an anti-domestic abuse themed video topping MTV's Total Request Live for ten days.

Concept[edit]

Jonathan Davis explained;

"The song is about domestic abuse and that there are ways to get help whether it's telling someone or calling a help line, there are ways to get out of those situations. No one has to be treated like that."[1]

Music video[edit]

The video, which received its world premiere on MTV in November 1999 during Spankin' New Music Week,[2] was directed by Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst. It begins as a continuation of the famous video for "Freak on a Leash", starting with its closing animation. The video shows a young woman clearly distraught by her abusive father. Inside her room, she opens a box and appears to see the band inside, performing below hanging lightbulbs. The band is then surrounded by flashes of green electricity, and then appear inside her bedroom with flashes of red electricity. A crowd of young people have gathered outside the window, raising their arms in time to the beat. As her father angrily approaches her room with a belt in his hand, one of the youths appears outside her window and helps her get outside. She leaves the house as the song ends and the crowd scatters. The band dissolves into red electricity and goes straight back into the box in her hands. She then runs off into the night just as her father finally opens the door to see her empty bedroom. The video ends with a shot of the neighborhood with red lights showing in one bedroom in every house.

In the original version of the video, shortly before the band disappears into the box (once the teenage girl escapes through the window), Fred Durst made a "cameo" appearance in the video - his face appearing for a brief moment during one of the close-up shots of Jonathan Davis. Due to reasons which are somewhat unclear (it is rumoured that Davis spotted the cameo and objected), subsequent versions of the video have had the Fred Durst cameo removed.

The video enjoyed similar success to its predecessor, "Freak on a Leash", debuting on MTV's Total Request Live at number three,[3] and reaching number one on its seventh day.[2] It would eventually become Korn's third "retired" video on the program,[4] with ten non-consecutive days at number one.[5]

MTV Unplugged rendition[edit]

Korn performed a memorable version of "Falling Away from Me" for the filming of MTV Unplugged in December 2006, featuring hand bells and a glass harmonica.[6] It was also performed at the 2006 Download Festival with M Shadows, lead singer of Avenged Sevenfold, when a band member had fallen ill.

Appearances in media[edit]

Track listing[edit]

German release[edit]

  1. "Falling Away from Me" (radio edit) – 4:31
  2. "Jingle Balls" – 3:27
  3. "Falling Away from Me" (a cappella) – 3:45

Australian release[edit]

  1. "Falling Away from Me" – 4:31
  2. "Falling Away from Me" (Krust remix) – 8:29
  3. "Jingle Balls" – 3:27
  4. "Falling Away from Me" (Mantronik remix) – 6:05
  5. "Got the Life" (Josh Abraham remix) – 4:01
  6. "Falling Away from Me" (Enhanced CD video)

Australian Radio Promo[edit]

  1. "Falling Away from Me" (radio edit) – 4:31
  2. "Falling Away from Me" (Krust remix) – 8:29
  3. "Jingle Balls" – 3:27
  4. "Falling Away from Me" (Mantronik Extended remix) – 6:05
  5. "Got the Life" (Josh Abraham remix) – 4:01

Australian Die Cut CD Radio Promo[edit]

  1. "Falling Away from Me" (Album Version) – 4:31
  2. "Falling Away from Me" (Clean Version) – 4:31

Swedish release[edit]

  1. "Falling Away from Me" (radio edit) – 4:31
  2. "Falling Away from Me" (a cappella) – 3:45

UK release[edit]

  1. "Falling Away From Me" (radio edit) – 4:31
  2. "Falling Away from Me" (Krust remix) – 8:29
  3. "Jingle Balls" – 3:27

UK Promo[edit]

  1. "Falling Away from Me" (Mantronik Beatdown Formula) – 6:06
  2. "Falling Away from Me" (Krust remix) – 8:29
  3. "Falling Away from Me" (Album Version) – 4:31

Chart performance[edit]

The song garnered massive radio attention during its initial release, becoming the first Korn single to chart on Billboard's Hot 100, at number ninety-nine.[8] It also peaked at number seven on both the Mainstream Rock Songs chart and Alternative Songs chart.[9][8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 62
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 17
Germany (Media Control AG) 86
Netherlands (MegaCharts) 77
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[10] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 99
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 7
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 7

See also[edit]


Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davis, Jonathan. "Songfacts.com". Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Recap - November 1999". The TRL Archive. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Debuts". The TRL Archive. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". The TRL Archive. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Number Ones". The TRL Archive. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  6. ^ "Korn Quiet Down With The Cure, Amy Lee For 'MTV Unplugged'". MTV News. 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Korn To Premiere New Track During "South Park" Special". MTV News. 1999-10-11. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Falling Away from Me - Korn". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  9. ^ a b "Korn > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  10. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Alex K - Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 

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