You're Gonna Go Far, Kid

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"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.jpg
Single by The Offspring
from the album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2008
FormatDigital download, CD single,[1] CD maxi[2]
RecordedNovember 2006–April 2008 in Maui, Hawaii and Orange County, California
GenrePunk rock
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland
Producer(s)Bob Rock[3]
The Offspring singles chronology
"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid"
"Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?"
Music video
"You're Gonna Go Far Kid" (Explicit) on YouTube

"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" is a song by American punk rock band the Offspring. It is the third track on the band's eighth studio album Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace (2008) and was released as the second single from the album on September 4, 2008. The song had previously impacted radio on August 12.[4] This is the band's 3rd No.1 single on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart after "Come Out and Play" and "Hit That". The song stayed at No. 1 for 11 weeks, making it the longest consecutive run for any Offspring single at No. 1. "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" is certified Gold by the RIAA; despite this, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace has never been certified by the RIAA. It also reached No. 1 on KROQ's Top 106.7 songs of 2008 countdown list.[5]

"You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" along with "Hammerhead" was performed live before the release of Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace at X-Fest in San Diego in promotion for the album.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Radio edit)2:58
CD maxi[2]
1."You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Explicit album version)3:00
2."You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Live)2:59
3."Hammerhead" (Live)4:36
4."You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (Video)4:36

Music video[edit]

The music video for this single was directed by Chris Hopewell,[6] who has also directed videos for several other bands. It was the first time that Hopewell and the Offspring had collaborated on a music video. On October 16, 2008, it was announced on the Offspring's official website that the video would debut Friday, October 17 at 3:00 pm Eastern/12 noon Pacific on[7]

As in the videos for "Hammerhead" and "Hit That", the video contains large amounts of CGI and does not include any footage of the band performing the song. However, unlike "Hammerhead" and "Hit That", the video also contains live actors recorded by camera mixed in with the CGI effects.

The plot follows a peasant working in a garden in a dystopian future. Suddenly, a nymph appears and gives the peasant a magical, golden acoustic guitar and he begins strumming to the song. He enters town and plays for the locals. The magical abilities of the guitar make the peasant a sensation, earning him much needed money and causes various townsfolk to start dancing uncontrollably. The peasant then plays for plague infested townspeople and they are cured by the magic of the guitar. In return, he demands from one of them her expensive necklace while the nymph looks upon him disapprovingly. The peasant moves onto a very expensive hotel, but is denied entry based on his appearance. He plays more to earn money for a nice suit. He buys the suit, enters the restaurant and begins to play his guitar for the wealthy socialites, for more money. The nymph appears and punishes the peasant for his selfishness by first forcing him to dance alone to the music, then dragging him into the ground through a whirlpool. The guitar lands onto the floor and dissolves into leaves at the end of the song.


Chart (2008) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 54
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 25
Canada Rock (Billboard)[10] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 28
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 63
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 10
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[16] Gold 10,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Allmusic. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Offspring, The – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Discogs. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  4. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. August 5, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "KROQ Top 106.7 Songs of 2008 Countdown List". Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Offspring - You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". MTV. October 16, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid Video Premiere!". October 16, 2008. Archived from the original on October 19, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
  8. ^ ARIA Report - issue 968 - September 15 2008 Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard.
  11. ^ " – The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ " – The Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" Canciones Top 50.
  13. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Italian single certifications – Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved August 27, 2018. Select "2018" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Offspring – You're Gonna Go Far, Kid". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 8, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ "Tap Tap Revenge". Giant Bomb. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  19. ^ "Songs from Van Wilder: Freshman Year". Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  20. ^ Quillen, Dustin (September 3, 2010). "Full Power Gig: Rise of the SixString Tracklist Announced". Retrieved July 26, 2013.

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