Far Away (Nickelback song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Far Away"
Far Away.jpg
Single by Nickelback
from the album All the Right Reasons
ReleasedFebruary 13, 2006 (2006-02-13)
RecordedJanuary–May 2005
Mountainview Studios
Abbotsford, British Columbia
GenreSoft rock, post-grunge
Length3:59 (album version)
3:42 (edit version)
Nickelback singles chronology
"Savin' Me"
"Far Away"
Nickelback British singles chronology
"Far Away"
"Savin' Me"
Nickelback British singles chronology
"Far Away"
"Gotta Be Somebody"
Music video
"Far Away" on YouTube

"Far Away" is a single by Canadian band Nickelback. Released in late 2005/early 2006 in the United States and February 13, 2006 in the United Kingdom. It was released as the fourth U.S. single of All the Right Reasons, but the second in Europe. "Far Away" peaked at #8 in the United States, making All the Right Reasons the only Nickelback album to date to have more than one top ten hit. The band's lead singer and guitarist Chad Kroeger described this song on the Tour when in Australia as the "only real love song" that Nickelback has. He described many others as "being about love" but not solely about "being in love".[1]

The song was re-released in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2008 following the success of "Rockstar" and the re-release of "Photograph". This release also reached number 40 in the UK singles chart, equalling its original chart peak, although this re-release was download-only.[2]


"Far Away" was a huge success in the U.S. and became the band's fourth Top Ten single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8. The song was the second Top Ten single from their latest album All the Right Reasons after the leading single of the album, "Photograph", which peaked at number two on the chart.

The song is included in the 2010 compilation album Now That's What I Call Love, along with other popular ballads released between 1999 through 2009.


The song is written in the key of B major and follows a slow tempo of 67 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of Bmaj7 – Fsus – Gm7 – E6
, and the vocals span from E3 to A4. In the final chorus of the song, the key changes to D major.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Far Away" was first shown on VH1's V-Spot. Filmed at Green Timbers Park in Surrey, British Columbia just outside Vancouver, the video starts with a couple in bed, when a cellphone rings and the husband is forced to leave. It is revealed that he is a firefighter, and has been called to help fight a forest fire.

As the song moves on, we see the firefighters dropped right into the middle of the fire by a helicopter, which quickly overwhelms them and forces them to retreat. The husband goes back to help a fallen firefighter, and watches the helicopter leave without him. After the husband sees the helicopter leave, a large, fiery tree is seen falling, presumably onto him. This footage is inter-cut with his wife watching the news about the fire.

Later, she receives a phone call, and breaks down, as it appears that she has been informed that her husband has died. She rushes outside to see several firefighters emerge from a truck...including her husband, covered in soot. She rushes to him and hugs him, and the video ends.

The entire song also features inter-cuts to the band playing in a large, strobe light-filled red and orange room.

VH1 later named this video as the third best song on the Top 40 Videos Of 2006, behind "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira and ahead of "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake.

Track listings and formats[edit]

CD single (UK) (February 7, 2006)

  1. "Far Away" [Album Version] – 4:01
  2. "Far Away" [Edit Version] – 3:42
  3. "Mistake" [Live in Edmonton] – 5:11
  4. "Photograph" [Acoustic] Rolling Stone Original – 6:55
  5. "Far Away" [Video]

CD single (February 14, 2006)

  1. "Far Away" [Edit Version] – 3:42
  2. "Mistake" [Live in Edmonton] – 5:11
  3. "Photograph" [Acoustic] Rolling Stone Original – 6:55

Deluxe edition (January 26, 2006)

  1. "Far Away" [Album Version] – 4:01
  2. "Far Away" [Edit Version] – 3:42

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Version
United Kingdom February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13) Original
United States July 2006 (2006-07)
United Kingdom September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22)[4] Re-release



  1. ^ "Top 5 Nickelback hits". Birmingham: Genting Arena. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Roadrunner Records UK". RoadrunnerRecords.co.uk.
  3. ^ Nickelback. "Far Away". www.musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  4. ^ "Roadrunner Records UK". RoadrunnerRecords.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Nickelback – Far Away". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 17 Sep 10.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Nickelback – Far Away" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 17 Sep 10.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nickelback – Far Away" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  8. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Nickelback" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nickelback – Far Away" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  11. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  12. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Canada AC)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 Mar 2018.
  13. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 Mar 2018.
  14. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 Mar 2018.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200618 into search.
  16. ^ "Nickelback – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Nickelback. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  17. ^ "Chart Track: Week 7, 2006". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Nickelback – Far Away". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  19. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200639 into search.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nickelback – Far Away". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nickelback – Far Away". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  23. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  24. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  25. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  26. ^ "Nickelback Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 Sep 2010.
  27. ^ "Hot 100 Songs - Year-End 2006".
  28. ^ "Hot 100 Songs - Year-End 2007".

External links[edit]