Never There

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"Never There"
Never there CAKE.jpg
Single by Cake
from the album Prolonging the Magic
Released October 13, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:44
Label Capricorn
Songwriter(s) John McCrea
Producer(s) John McCrea
Cake singles chronology
"Friend is a Four Letter Word"
"Never There"
"Let Me Go"

"Friend is a Four Letter Word"
"Never There"
"Let Me Go"

"Never There" is the first single from Cake's third album Prolonging the Magic. The song spent 3 weeks at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, surpassing "The Distance" as the band's highest-charting single (#4). "Never There" was the band's first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 78.

The lyrics are from the viewpoint of a lover who is frustrated that, while his beloved claims to love him back, her actions indicate that she does not really care about him.

The song can be heard in the Friends episode "The One Where Rachel Smokes" and in the Daria episode "Depth Takes a Holiday".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Never There" features Cake performing in a western-style bar, while a story arc covers a trucker calling his girlfriend on a pay phone and she never answers as she is too busy partying with male body builders in speedos.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never There" - 2:44
  2. "Cool Blue Reason" - 3:27
  3. "Half As Much" - 2:55

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 75
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[2] 60
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 78
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 43
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 Tracks 29
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 40
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 42
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 10


  1. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 47. 
  2. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 

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