So Far Away (Staind song)

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"So Far Away"
So Far Away (Staind song).jpg
Single by Staind
from the album 14 Shades of Grey
ReleasedJune 17, 2003 (2003-06-17)
FormatCD single
Recorded2003
GenrePost-grunge
Length4:03
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Josh Abraham
Staind singles chronology
"Price to Play"
(2003)
"So Far Away"
(2003)
"How About You"
(2003)

"So Far Away" is a song by American band Staind. It was released in June 2003 as the second single from their fourth album 14 Shades of Grey. The song enjoyed much success on both rock and mainstream radio, reaching number-one on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks for fourteen consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs in the chart's history, and number-one on the Modern Rock Tracks for seven non-consecutive weeks. The song also became the band's second top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 24.

Reception[edit]

Bram Teitelman of Billboard reviewed the song favorably, predicting a rock radio smash due to "the lyrics' sunny disposition and a return to the sonic qualities that radio previously embraced." Teitelman called it a "midtempo song anchored by frontman Aaron Lewis' expressive vocals."[1] Katherine Turman described the song as "an honest and grateful musing on success";[2] fans however feel that the song represents Aaron Lewis moving on in life and speaking of hope and uncertainty,[3] along with the running theme of 14 Shades of Grey.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Nigel Dick, and is a collage of clips of the band's live performances, some shots of Aaron Lewis' oldest daughter Zoe Jane (who was 5 at the time of filming), and other tour footage. It was filmed during a live performance at freedom hall in Louisville, KY.

Track listing[edit]

American release[edit]

  1. "So Far Away"
  2. "So Far Away" (Radio Edit)
  3. "Novocaine" (Non Album Track)
  4. "Zoe Jane" (Live at KROQ)

UK release[edit]

  1. "So Far Away" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Mudshovel" (Live)
  3. "Home-Grown Promo Footage" (Multimedia)

Chart and sales[edit]

Chart (2003–2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[4] 16
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[4] 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Teitelman, Bram (July 5, 2003). "Billboard". Google Books. Billboard Magazine. p. 31. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "14 Shades of Grey: Staind". Amazon. Retrieved 22 June 2006.
  3. ^ "So Far Away by Staind". Songfacts. Retrieved 22 June 2006.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Staind > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-08-23.

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