Going On

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"Going On"
Single by Gnarls Barkley
from the album The Odd Couple
Released June 24, 2008
Format CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative hip hop, soul, rhythm and blues
Length 2:54
Label Warner Music
Writer(s) Danger Mouse
Cee-Lo Green
Producer(s) Danger Mouse
Gnarls Barkley singles chronology
"Going On"
"Who's Gonna Save My Soul"

"Going On" is the second single taken from Gnarls Barkley's second studio album The Odd Couple. It is played in an upbeat hip hop and blues style. The track is also featured on the video game NBA 2K9. It was nominated at the 2009 Grammy Awards for 'Best Pop Performance'. "Going On" uses a sample from the track "Folder Man" by Please[disambiguation needed]. The sample is repeated throughout the song, and comes from 1:30-1:35 from the original song. The song is also featured in a 2010 FIFA World Cup commercial by Puma AG, entitled 'The Journey of Football', featuring the Ghanaian national football team.[1] The single was only released on a promotional format.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Going On" - 2:55

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on May 9, 2008. It was shot in Jamaica and revolves around a group of people celebrating the discovery of a door that leads to another dimension.[3] Gnarls Barkley do not appear in the video, but one of the main characters does the lip-synching of the song for the first verse. After that, the lead male and female in the video carry the door to a distant field. They then watch as the door opens, revealing the portal. The video ends with the male going through the door, followed by the female; as she goes through, the words "Don't Follow Me" are shown on the screen.

The video was directed by Wendy Morgan - a music video and commercial director. The video draws stylistic inspiration from photographer Clayton James Cubitt's fashion series "Lagos Calling."[4]

In July 2011, the music video was named one of "The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos" by TIME Magazine.[5]


Chart (2008) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 79
Canadian Hot 100[6] 52
UK Singles Chart 143
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 88
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 64
Chart (2010) Peak
French Digital Singles Chart[7] 8


  1. ^ PUMA - Journey of Football on YouTube
  2. ^ "Gnarls Barkley - Going On (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  3. ^ Posted 5/15/08. "Going On | Gnarls Barkley | Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  4. ^ Jardin, Xeni. "Did Gnarls Barkley's video producers "swipe" a photographer's style?". Boing Boing. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Gilbert Cruz (July 28, 2011). "The 30 All-Time Best Music Videos - Gnarls Barkley, 'Going On'". TIME. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Gnarls Barkley - Going On - Music Charts at aCharts.us". 
  7. ^ "Download Single Top 50 - 08/05/2010" (in French). Lescharts.com. Retrieved 2010-05-08.