Gone Away

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For the EP by Die Kreuzen, see Gone Away (EP).
"Gone Away"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Ixnay on the Hombre
B-side D.U.I
Released March 1997
Format Vinyl and CD[1]
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 4:28
Label Columbia, Epitaph (Europe)[2]
Writer(s) Dexter Holland,Aidan Dove
Producer(s) Dave Jerden[3]
Certification Gold (ARIA)[4]
The Offspring singles chronology
"All I Want"
"Gone Away"
"The Meaning of Life"

"Gone Away" is a song by American punk rock band The Offspring. It is the seventh track on the band's fourth studio album Ixnay on the Hombre (1997) and was released as the second single from the album. It also appears as the sixth track on Greatest Hits (2005). It was written by lead singer Dexter Holland.

The song became The Offspring's first No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, while reaching No. 4 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Through 2009, the band played "Gone Away" with Holland performing on piano throughout Europe and the United States. Two of the tracks from this single ("D.U.I." and "Hey Joe") appear on the band's 2010 compilation album Happy Hour!.

Track listing[5][edit]

CD single[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gone Away" (Single version) 4:27
2. "Cool to Hate"   2:46
3. "D.U.I." (Dexter Holland, Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman) 2:27
4. "Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts Cover) 2:37

7" black vinyl[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gone Away" (Single version) 4:27
2. "D.U.I." (Previously unreleased) 2:27

Promo CD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gone Away" (Single version) 4:27


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 Complete Music Video Collection DVD, released in 2005. The DVD also contains a 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 Rock Band series on October 7, 2008. It appeared in the first Offspring pack along with "Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" and "Self Esteem".



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^

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

Preceded by
"Precious Declaration" by Collective Soul
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
May 10, 1997 - May 17, 1997
Succeeded by
"Little White Lie" by Sammy Hagar

Cover versions[edit]

  • The 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.
  • The Industrial act W.A.S.T.E covered the song on their 2014 album "Warlord Mentality".


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