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Oasis - Half The World Away - Live At iTunes Festival 2009

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I would like to leave this city
This old town don't smell too pretty and
I can feel the warning signs running around my mind
And when I leave this island I'll book myself into a soul asylum
And I can feel the warning signs running around my mind

So here I go still scratching around the same old hole
My body feels young but my mind is very old
So what do you say?
You can't give me the dreams that are mine anyway
You're half the world away
Half the world away
Half the world away
I've been lost I've been found but I don't feel down.

So here I go still scratching around in the same old hole
My body feels young but my mind if very old
So what do you say?
You can't give me the dreams that are mine anyway
You're half the world away
Half the world away
Half the world away
I've been lost I've been found but I don't feel down

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Half the World Away on Wikipedia
"Half the World Away"
Song by Oasis from the album The Masterplan
Released18 December 1994
RecordedOctober 1994
StudioCongress House Studio, Austin, Texas
Writer(s)Noel Gallagher
Producer(s)Owen Morris & Noel Gallagher

"Half the World Away" is a song by English rock band Oasis. It is well known as the theme tune to the popular BBC sitcom The Royle Family.

The song was written by Oasis' lead guitarist Noel Gallagher, who also provides lead vocals. The song is a slow acoustic tune with plodding keyboards, and the lyric – much like "Rock 'n' Roll Star" – expresses a desire to leave a stagnant life in a boring city. The song is primarily in C Major.[1]

Recorded at The Congress House Studio, Austin, Texas in October 1994, "Half the World Away" was first released as a B-side to "Whatever" on 18 December 1994, reaching #3 in the UK charts.[2]

In 1998 the song was included in The Masterplan, a collection of Oasis' best B-sides. The collection was a success, peaking at #2 in the UK charts. The track is also included on Oasis' compilation album Stop the Clocks, which also reached #2. The song reached #56 in the UK charts in 2015 following the release of Aurora's cover version, marking their first top 100 song since the release of "Falling Down" in 2009.


  • 1 Background
    • 1.1 The Royle Family
    • 1.2 Charts
  • 2 Aurora version
    • 2.1 Track listing
    • 2.2 Charts
    • 2.3 Release history
  • 3 Trivia
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 External links


Oasis' sound engineer Mark Coyle introduced the band to Burt Bacharach's song "This Guy's in Love with You". Coyle was in charge of musical intake while on tour, and this song was often played during his eclectic sets. Drummer Tony McCarroll pointed out that the song's drum shuffle could be adapted for one of Oasis' acoustic numbers. After a while "instead of adapting the drum shuffle, Noel seemed to have adapted the whole song and renamed it Half The World Away". Despite the input and being able to play the pattern well, McCarroll (along with the rest of the band) were invited to leave the studio for a break, but it turned out to be just an excuse so Gallagher could record the drum track himself.[3]

In interviews, Gallagher – who is famous for "borrowing" from other musicians – has admitted the tune to "Half the World Away" was adapted from "This Guy's in Love with You" by Bacharach and Hal David. He commented "It sounds exactly the same. I'm surprised he hasn't sued me yet!"[4] Gallagher sang "This Guy's in Love with You" live in 1996 at a Burt Bacharach concert at the London Festival Hall while Bacharach accompanied him on piano and conducted the orchestra.

The Royle Family

The song gained mass public exposure when it was selected by Caroline Aherne and Craig Cash to be the theme tune to their sitcom The Royle Family. The series revolved around the sitting room of a lazy working-class family and was set in Manchester, the hometown of Oasis. Although it had modest beginnings, the series soon became a cultural phenomenon in England and its theme became well known. The opening credits of the series edited together the first stanza of the first verse and the second stanza of the first chorus. The end credits, which would cut in immediately after the final joke of the episode – so as to add weight to it – began with the second stanza of the final chorus and would see the song through to the coda. When Gallagher was originally approached about using an Oasis song for a series about a working-class family in Manchester, he suggested "Married with Children" and was confused when "Half the World Away" was chosen. On tour in America when The Royle Family was first screened, he claims the penny did not drop until he returned to the United Kingdom to find the series a huge success and viewed it, feeling the song was perfect for the series. He now claims not to think of "Half the World Away" as an Oasis song, but rather as the theme tune to The Royle Family.[5] When Caroline Aherne died, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds played tribute to her by performing it on a few occasions.

Aurora version

"Half the World Away"
Aurora Half the World Away.jpeg
Single by AURORA
from the album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
Released6 November 2015
FormatDigital download
LabelDecca Records
Writer(s)Noel Gallagher
AURORA singles chronology

In 2015, Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA released a cover version of the song. It was released on 6 November 2015 as a digital download. The song was selected as the soundtrack to the 2015 John Lewis Christmas advert. It was later accumulated for the deluxe version of her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, which was released on 11 March 2016.


  • Former The Jam front man and close friend of Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller claims "Half the World Away" is his favourite Oasis song.[11]
  • The song was also used as an intro in the Season 2 finale of Spaced during a parody of the opening credits to The Royle Family.


  • Noel Gallagher: Vocals, guitar, drums
  • Paul Arthurs: Acoustic guitar and keyboards.
  • Owen Morris: Bass guitar[12]


  1. ^ Sheet music showing the key of the song
  2. ^ Song profile on Oasisinet
  3. ^ McCarrol, Tony (2010). Oasis: The Truth, Blake Publishing, ISBN 1843582465
  4. ^ Report at
  5. ^ Interview with Noel Gallagher, We Love The Royle Family, BBC 1, 29 October 2006
  6. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2015-11-19" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 46, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-11-19". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-11-19" UK Singles Downloads Chart. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-11-19". UK Singles Sales Chart. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Taken from the booklet to The Masterplan CD
  12. ^ "Half the world away I mixed back at Loco while the Verve were having a weekend off onetime….I overdubbed a bass on it….to give it credibility I told Noel that Si from The Verve played it…"

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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