Ocean Avenue (song)

"Ocean Avenue" is a song by American rock band Yellowcard. "Ocean Avenue" was released to radio on December 15, 2003, as the second single from the band's fourth studio album of the same name (2003). The song is notable for having launched the band into the mainstream, receiving numerous spins on MTV and heavy crossover airplay on alternative and mainstream radio. It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

"Ocean Avenue"
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Single by Yellowcard
from the album Ocean Avenue
ReleasedDecember 15, 2003 (2003-12-15)[1]
StudioSunset Sound (Hollywood, California)
GenrePop punk[2]
Producer(s)Neal Avron
Yellowcard singles chronology
"Way Away"
"Ocean Avenue"
"Only One"


According to former guitarist Ben Harper, "Ocean Avenue" is written about Jacksonville, FL. "It’s this place where we used to hang out in Jacksonville. Instead of talking about a girl, it’s talking about a scene and a feeling that we want to get back to: hanging out and writing, before we moved back to California."[3] The lyrics also reference Cherry Street, where Key's childhood home is located in Neptune Beach. [4]

Music videoEdit

The music video depicts frontman Ryan Key facing his fate in different ways before starting over again using a time loop device (similar to that of the film Run Lola Run), each scenario beginning with Key waking face down on the sidewalk surrounded by broken glass, and ending with his fateful encounter with a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. The video became a TRL favorite, reaching number 1 on the countdown, and later received the MTV2 Award at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.[5]

The briefcase featured in the video features adorned with a lamb symbol, the same symbol featured in the video for Brand New's "Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades". Both videos were directed by Marc Webb, who used the lamb as his trademark. The briefcase appeared again in video for Yellowcard's "Rough Landing, Holly", also directed by Webb.

This was the last music video to feature Alex Lewis as the band's bassist.

Track listingsEdit

European and Australian CD single[6]

  1. "Ocean Avenue" – 3:18
  2. "Way Away" (acoustic version) – 3:52
  3. "Firewater" – 3:20

UK 7-inch single[7]

A. "Ocean Avenue" – 3:18
B. "Firewater" – 3:20

Charts and salesEdit


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  7. ^ Ocean Avenue (UK 7-inch single sleeve). Yellowcard. Parlophone. 2004. CL 860, 7243 5 48765 7 8.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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