Somewhere Out There (Our Lady Peace song)

"Somewhere Out There" is a song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace. It was released on April 1, 2002, as the lead single from their fifth studio album, Gravity. It was the most successful single from the album, reaching number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaking inside the top 40 on five other Billboard charts. "Somewhere Out There" was the ninth-most played song on radio in Canada in 2002.[1]

"Somewhere Out There"
Single by Our Lady Peace
from the album Gravity
ReleasedApril 1, 2002 (2002-04-01)
RecordedJanuary 2002
StudioPlantation (Maui, Hawaii)
Songwriter(s)Raine Maida
Producer(s)Bob Rock
Our Lady Peace singles chronology
"Right Behind You (Mafia)"
"Somewhere Out There"

Song informationEdit

The correct title of the song is indeed "Somewhere Out There", however the specific chorus lyrics "defying gravity" and the fact that the album is titled Gravity, led some to believe that the title of the song was "Gravity". The song is mislabeled as such in some search engines, lyric websites, and P2P file-sharing programs.

The song is one of Our Lady Peace's most successful singles to date, having been very popular both in Canada and the United States. Many critics praised the single, but some also criticized it for being "too mainstream", saying that the artistic uniqueness that Our Lady Peace possessed in former albums was absent here.

In one of Our Lady Peace's most recent albums, A Decade, which includes many of Our Lady Peace's greatest hits, "Somewhere Out There" is featured. The song also plays during the end credits of White Noise[2] and an episode of Smallville.

Background and writingEdit

"Somewhere Out There" was culled from two sets of lyrics written by Raine Maida during Christmas 2001. "Bob called me in Toronto the night before Christmas and asked if I had any other song ideas that we should consider before we headed back to Hawaii to finish the album in January," he explained. "The phone call propelled me to write seven new songs during the ten days we had off at Christmas. When we got back to Maui, he combined a verse from one song and a chorus from another and 'Somewhere Out There" was born.[3]


Four versions of the single were released. In the United States and Canada, a one-track promotional CD was sent to radio stations only. In Australia, where the single was commercially released on September 16, 2002,[4] three live bonus tracks—"Starseed", "Whatever", and "4 AM"—were included. They were recorded in June 2001 in Syracuse, New York during the Spiritual Machines tour.[5] "4 AM" is sung entirely by the audience. The single was released in Europe on September 16, 2002 with "Whatever" omitted. The fourth version, released in 2003 as part of the promotion for Live, contains the live version of "Bring Back the Sun" from that album.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Eric Heimbold.[6][7] It was filmed in Montreal around April.[8][9] It shows the band performing for fans on a rounded stage lit up in a very dark studio. Most of the video focuses on a woman, played by actress Sarah Sanguin Carter, who climbs to the top of a speaker tower and then throws herself off, being caught by the crowd. The video was officially released on May 22, 2002. This is also Steve Mazur's first appearance in the band since former lead guitarist Mike Turner left to form Fair Ground.


Release historyEdit

Release dates and formats for "Somewhere Out There"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States April 1, 2002 Columbia [17]
June 3, 2002 Contemporary hit radio [18]
Australia September 16, 2002 CD [4]


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  4. ^ a b "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 16th September 2002" (PDF). ARIA. September 16, 2002. p. 27. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  5. ^ Somewhere Out There (Import) (CD single). Our Lady Peace. Columbia Records. 2002. 672965.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Columbia Records (June 26, 2002). "New Our Lady Peace Album, Gravity, Debuts on U.S. Top 10" (Press release). PR Newswire. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Our Lady Peace Hit the Road in Support of New Album". NY Rock. May 20, 2002. Archived from the original on July 7, 2003. Retrieved July 27, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "New Our Lady Peace Album, Gravity, Debuts on U.S. Top 10".
  9. ^ "Timeline" – "" retrieved from the Internet Archive – 2002. Retrieved November 29, 2009
  10. ^ "Our Lady Peace Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Our Lady Peace Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "Our Lady Peace Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Our Lady Peace Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  14. ^ "Our Lady Peace Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  15. ^ "Our Lady Peace Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Top 100 top played radio tracks in Canada in 2002". Jam!. Archived from the original on August 12, 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  17. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1446. March 29, 2002. p. 32. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  18. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1455. May 31, 2002. p. 26. Retrieved May 3, 2021.

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