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This song bears strong melodic similarities to "Mad World", by Tears for Fears, and both deal with parallel subject matter. In my opinion, "Gone Away" feels like a response, or addendum to "Mad World". I have tried, unsuccessfully and not exhaustively, to confirm the writing credits for "Gone Away" to see if Tears for Fears or any of its members are credited. Some of this might explain the reservations Mr. Holland has had in discussing this song in any real detail.
Additionally, "Mad World", performed by Gary Jules was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Donnie Darko", and more recently in a trailer for the "Gears of War" video game. YouTube features versions of this trailer with both "Mad World" and "Gone Away".
---I'm not a frequent editor of the Wikipedia, but I am going ot be bold and take ut the statement that the song is similar to the song "mad World." Because though they have a similar chord progression, the melodies are not the same in my opinion. But never mind our opinions, as the Wikipedia is based on substantiated relevant facts, and do not have original research. therefore, i am going to edit that section. Scott Oglesby (talk) 02:05, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Like virtually every well-known pop song, it shares melodic elements in common with other well-known songs consistent with the nature of "hit songs." For example the melody for the verses of the Tears for Fears' song, "Mad World" share many similar elements to the basic melody for "Gone Away"(though the identifying melody of the chorus of Mad World is distinctly different).
I appreciate what this revision is trying to do considering the original "It sounds like Mad World" (or whatever it was) comment that someone had put in. However, neither should be there. The original comment should just be removed. I'm not familiar with the wiki songs project but I'm imagining it doesn't include people listing songs it sounds like. Yes, there are strong similarities but I very much doubt Mad World has any particular claim to that tonal progression in that chord progression. Anyone who knows anything about music knows that for every chord progression there are literally hundreds of commercial songs based on them, which means tonal progressions that fit them are not going to be anywhere near exclusive. Unless you're going to select every musical passage in every commercial song and cross reference the lot of them I strongly suggest that people control their urges to tell the world that part of the music in a song is also part of the music in some other song they know.Indraneelan (talk) 13:05, 4 March 2010 (UTC)
Comments, corrections and addendums, please.
PolyTek 20:00, 14 December 2006 (UTC)PolyTek