From Afar (song)

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"From Afar"
From Afar by Vance Joy.jpg
Single by Vance Joy
from the album God Loves You When You're Dancing and Dream Your Life Away
Released21 January 2013
LabelLiberation Music
Vance Joy singles chronology
"From Afar"

"From Afar" is the debut single by Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. It was first released on 21 January 2013 as a track on his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing (2013), serving as its lead single, and is also featured on his debut studio album Dream Your Life Away (2014).

Joy said "I wrote [it] in 2010 and wrote the outro in 2012, and it’s a been a song I've played regularly the last couple of years because I just think it's a really universal theme of loving someone from a distance. It's a sad kind of song though the outro is a bit more upbeat and slightly more epic. That was something that happened when we produced the song. It's an old favourite of mine anyway."[1]

The song was certified platinum in Australia in 2018.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "From Afar" was directed by Charlie Ford and Josh Mckie and released on 14 February 2013.[3]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[4] Platinum 70,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "The Stories Behind Vance Joy's Debut Album". The Music. 2 September 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts Accreditations 2018 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Vance Joy - 'From Afar' Official Video". YouTube. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020.