Gone Away" is a song by American punk rock band The Offspring. It is the seventh track on their fourth studio album (1997) and was released as the second single from the album. The song also appears as the sixth track on their Ixnay on the Hombre (2005). The song was written by lead singer Greatest Hits Dexter Holland after he lost his girlfriend in a tragic car accident.
The song became The Offspring's first and only No. 1 on the
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, while reaching No. 4 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Through 2009, The Offspring have played "Gone Away" with Dexter Holland performing on piano while live throughout Europe and in the United States.
Two of the tracks from this single ("D.U.I." and "
Hey Joe") appear on the band's 2010 Japan-only compilation album . Happy Hour!
Track listing [5 ] [ edit ]
(Single version) 4:27
"Cool to Hate"
Hey Joe" ( Billy Roberts Cover) 2:37
The single reached Gold in Australia, selling 35,000 copies. It was the first single released by the Offspring to reach Gold status in any country.
Music video [ edit ]
The footage for the music video, shot in grainy quality, shows the band playing in a dark, and apparently abandoned
slaughterhouse. Dexter Holland, for most of the video, sings to a shining lightbulb, presumably representative of the soul of the lost person. He is the only band member to interact with this bulb, though other lightbulbs are shown in each band member's respective rooms. Dexter also sings into a suspended microphone which is also used in the video; it swings back and forth as the video fades to black. It was produced by Dave Jerden.
DVD appearances [ edit ]
The music video appears on the
DVD, released in 2005. The DVD also contains a Complete Music Video Collection storyboard version of the video (with the storyboard playing over top the music video).
Rock Band [ edit ]
The song was made available as downloadable content in the
series on October 7, 2008. It appeared in the first Offspring pack along with " Rock Band Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" and " Self Esteem."
Cover Versions [ edit ]
This song was covered by the band
Noctura. Christian metal band Blood of the Martyrs recorded a cover of the song and released it as a single in September 2013.
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
The Kill" "Colonel Gentleman"
"The Action Man"
Gone Away" "Swifty"
"Lady Nightshade" (reissue)