Don't Go Away
|"Don't Go Away"|
|Single by Oasis|
|from the album Be Here Now|
|Released||19 February 1998|
|Recorded||November 1996–April 1997|
|Label||Creation / Sony Music Japan - ESCA-6948|
|Producer(s)||Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher|
|Oasis singles chronology|
"Don't Go Away" is a song by the English rock band Oasis from their third album, Be Here Now, written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. The song was released as a single only in Japan, peaking at number 48 on the Oricon chart. It was also a success in the United States, where it hit #5 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 1997. It was the band's last major hit in the United States until 2008's "The Shock of the Lightning".
Background and composition
Although "Don't Go Away" appears for the first time in 1997, its origins date back to 1993, when Oasis spent time with The Real People at their studio in Liverpool. "Don't Go Away" was included in a batch of songs written under the wing of the Griffiths brothers (the others being "Columbia", "Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Rockin' Chair" and others).
The song, according to Noel, is about losing someone close and it was written when his mother, Peggy, was hospitalised and suspected of having cancer. His mother did not have cancer, but the experience gave Noel the idea to write something "quite bleak." It has also been claimed that rhythm guitarist Bonehead requested Noel write a song along those lines after the death of his own mother.
Liam Gallagher claims to have cried whilst recording the song, as a result of dwelling on "a certain thing". He said, in a 1997 interview, "I just thought 'fuck that, I can't be singing this song' and I had to go away and sort myself out". Listening back to the song he admits to being very proud of his vocal performance.
In a 1997 interview promoting Be Here Now, Noel Gallagher had the following to say about the song: "It's a very sad song about not wanting to lose someone you're close to. The middle eight I made up on the spot -- I never had that lyric until the day we recorded it: 'Me and you, what's going on?/ All we seem to know is how to show/ The feelings that are wrong.' It's after a row. Quite bleak."
"We put Burt Bacharach horns on because he was the master of break-up songs. I did all the string arrangements. I tried to keep them as simple as possible. I like the way Marc Bolan used them on Children of the Revolution. People do remember string parts as separate hooklines, you know. You just don't want to use them slushily."
As many songs written during the time spent with The Real People, "Don't Go Away" shares similarities with one of brothers Griffiths' compositions, "Feel the Pain", both in music and lyrics. Lyrics in the chorus of "Don't Go Away" are lifted verbatim from "Feel the Pain". In an interview with Mojo magazine, Chris Griffiths states: "...there’s one called “Don’t Go Away” which is very similar to a song we had called “Feel the Pain” but I dunno how much I can say about that, la, you know what I mean?"
The cover of the single features the old Liverpool Speke Airport building. The airport is famous as the scene at which thousands of hysterical fans greeted The Beatles on their return to Liverpool at the height of Beatlemania. Derelict at the time, it has now been turned into an hotel. The airplane is an Avro Lancastrian.
The song is analysed by philosopher Roger Scruton in his book Modern Culture, in particular with reference to the line: "Damn my education, I can't find the words to say / About the things caught in my mind". Scruton writes, "Here, encrypted within the routine protest, is a more strangulated cry—a protest against the impossibility of protest. Trapped as he is in a culture that treats articulate utterance as a capitulation to the adult world, the singer can find no words to express what most deeply concerns him. Something is lacking in his world—but he cannot say what. He excites his fans to every kind of artificial ecstasy, knowing that nothing will be changed for them or him, that the void will always remain unfilled".
"Sad Song" originally appeared as a bonus track on the vinyl release of the first Oasis album, Definitely Maybe. It also appeared on the Japanese CD edition of Definitely Maybe.
The 'Warchild' version of "Fade Away" is from The Help Album recorded in September 1995. It features Noel on vocals, and guests Johnny Depp on guitar, Kate Moss on tambourine and Liam and Lisa Moorish on backing vocals. All proceeds from that track went to Warchild Charities.
- CD – Epic/Sony Music / ESCA-6948 Japan
- "Don't Go Away" – 4:43
- "Cigarettes & Alcohol" (Live from GMEX, Manchester, 14 December 1997) – 4:58
- "Sad Song" – 4:16
- "Fade Away" (Warchild version) – 4:08
- CD (Promo) – Epic / ESK 2591 United States
- "Don't Go Away" (Album Version) – 4:48
- CD (Promo) – Sony Music / SAMPCS 5140 France
- "Don't Go Away" (Single Edit) – 4:44 (lacks the initial drumstick hits found on the album version)
- McCarrol, Tony (2010). Oasis: The Truth, Blake Publishing, ISBN 1843582465
- MTV Uncut interview, New Year's Eve, 1997
- "The Realies discuss their current plans, as well as giving an insight into their influence on Oasis, in an interview with Mojo Magazine".
- Scruton, Roger (22 September 1998). "Youth Culture’s Lament". City Journal. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
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