Gone Away (song)

"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). A piano version of the song will feature as the eleventh track on the group's upcoming tenth studio album Let The Bad Times Roll (2021).

"Gone Away"
Single by the Offspring
from the album Ixnay on the Hombre
ReleasedMarch 24, 1997
GenreAlternative rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland
Producer(s)Dave Jerden[2]
The Offspring singles chronology
"All I Want"
"Gone Away"
"The Meaning of Life"

It was written by lead singer Dexter Holland in an emotional response to his girlfriend’s death in a car accident.[citation needed]

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 listingEdit

CD singleEdit

All tracks are written by Dexter Holland, except where noted[3].

1."Gone Away" (single version) 4:27
2."Cool to Hate" 2:46
3."D.U.I."Dexter Holland, Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman2:27
4."Hey Joe" (Billy Roberts cover)Billy Roberts2:37

7" black vinylEdit

1."Gone Away" (single version)4:27

Promo CDEdit

1."Gone Away" (single version)4:27


The single reached Gold in Australia, selling 35,000 copies.

Music videoEdit

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 hanging light bulb, which is presumably a representative of a soul of a deceased 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 directed by Nigel Dick.[4]

DVD appearancesEdit

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 BandEdit

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^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Cover versionsEdit

"Gone Away"
Single by Five Finger Death Punch
from the album A Decade of Destruction and And Justice for None
GenreAlternative metal, hard rock
Songwriter(s)Dexter Holland
Producer(s)Kevin Churko
Five Finger Death Punch singles chronology
"Gone Away"


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  2. ^ "The Offspring – Gone Away". Swiss Hitparade. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Offspring – Gone Away". Allmusic. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "the Offspring - Gone away @ mvdbase.com". mvdbase.com - the music video database. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Offspring – Gone Away". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Offspring – Gone Away" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Offspring – Gone Away" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – The Offspring – Gone Away". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Offspring: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "The Offspring Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "1997 ARIA Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2020-09-03.

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