Don't Go Away (4:48)

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From Be Here Now and 19 other releases

Don’t Go Away is a song by English band Oasis from their third album, written by the band’s lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. The song was released as a single only in Japan, peaking at number 48 on the Oricon chart.
It was also a success in the United States, where it hit #5 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 1997. It was the band’s last major hit in the United States until 2008’s The Shock of the Lightning.

The song, according to Noel, is about losing someone close and it was written when his mother, Peggy, was hospitalised and suspected of having cancer. His mother did not have cancer, but the experience gave Noel the idea to write something “quite bleak.” It has also been claimed that rhythm guitarist Bonehead requested Noel write a song along those lines after the death of his own mother. The line “Cold and Frosty Morning” appears to have been lifted from the Kinks’ “Dead End Street”.

Liam Gallagher claims to have cried whilst recording the song, as a result of dwelling on “a certain thing”. He said, in a 1997 interview, “I just thought ‘fuck that, I can’t be singing this song’ and I had to go away and sort myself out”. Listening back to the song he admits to being very proud of his vocal performance.


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Cold and frosty morning there's not a lot to say
About the things caught in my mind
And as the day was dawning my plane flew away
With all the things caught in my mind

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