" is the debut single and opening track of Yellowcard
's album Ocean Avenue
. "Way Away" was released to radio on July 22, 2003. The song and music video
both reflect the band's choice about leaving their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida
to California in hopes of making a name for themselves in the Southern California music scene.
In an interview, former Yellowcard lead guitarist Ben Harper
said that "Way Away" is "about our band and facing the people who didn't believe in what we were doing. That's kind of like an ode to disbelievers." In another interview, vocalist Ryan Key
, in discussion of the song, said: "It's the story we have sort of been through as a band in the last couple of years, moving from our hometown in [Jacksonville,] Florida, out to [Southern] California and starting to tour really hard and just sort of following our dreams. Hopefully other people will take that song and apply it to their own lives and be able to kind of get out of whatever they are stuck in and don't want to be in." Key also revealed that the song was "harder than some of our other songs, [whereas] 'Ocean Avenue' is kind of in the middle of the spectrum of where the record goes."
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#"Way Away" (Video)
#Behind the Scenes Footage (Video)
Directed by Patrick Hoelck
, The video starts out with the band members pulling up in a Vista Cruiser
car in a vacant parking lot and begin setting up their gear and start playing in front of a supermarket. The band's frontman, Ryan Key
is shown in from several scenes of the video showing him loading his car and moving away from his job, family, and his girlfriend and writing the lyrics of "Way Away". The video ends after Ryan and band are singing to a self-image of himself and drives away in the distance.
The video was shot in front of the "Super A Foods" Market store in Los Angeles
on July 1, 2003.
Allmusic gave the song a positive review, by saying "[Way Away] thrives on the basics of rock & roll — foliated guitars weaved in between high-speed percussion." Chris Conlon of the Telegraph Herald
said he was "dumbfounded" when he listened to the song. Conlon goes on to say, "The song basically says that you are the master of your destiny, that no one can stand in your way."