Beyond the Song: Fly Away – 5 Seconds of Summer

Wishful thinking turns into a total jam.

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So far, Sounds Good Feels Good has delivered with youth anthems such as “She’s Kinda Hot” to tracks that dig deep into your soul like “Jet Black Heart”. But with any pop-punk album comes a song about escape, one about getting out of this town. In this case, the song in question would be “Fly Away”.

There are people who prefer to stay at home, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If the same old gets you feeling restless, this is probably one of the most relatable songs on the album. Not to be confused with the political nature of “Permanent Vacation”, it’s simply a song about escaping the same old routine we seem to be stuck in. Sometimes, there’s just an overwhelming urge to go out and see the world – and not just through Google maps. Perhaps you want to buy a one-way ticket to a city across the ocean, start a new life, and never look back.

I won’t waste another day wishing this would fade away. Running, we’re not looking back.

When you don’t want to be somewhere, it’s nearly impossible to keep your eyes off the clock. These lyrics describe the restlessness that comes with the feeling of wanting to escape. With every place you don’t want to be at comes eyeing the time like a hawk and just bursting with energy when you’re finally free. There’s usually a fair bit of pretending that you don’t feel like hopping out of your seat and rushing out the door but at this point, you’re up and out faster thank anyone could every imagine.


I want a little bit of California, with a little bit of London sky.
I wanna take my heart to the end of the world, and fly away tonight.
I want a little bit of open ocean with a New York state of mind.
I wanna take my heart to the end of the world, and fly away, fly away tonight.

When you’re finally free, the world is your oyster. The world we live in is absolutely massive, and there’s always a part of us that wants a little bit of everything, no matter how impossible it may seem.Just the thought of the Californian sun is amazing. Then again, we’ve all heard of the fog London’s known for. On top of that, so many of our favourite shows and films are based in New York, and a little part of us wants to be in on it.  Finally having the freedom you’re longing for feels amazing, and there’s just so much to discover. Like the candy section at a bulk store.

Now I’m off to paradise, to a war I’ll never fight. Say goodbye to pain and misery.

The same old routine isn’t the only thing they’ve escaped from. Say goodbye to the days and nights that you’d spent wishing you were elsewhere. By leaving an old life behind and creating a new future for yourself, you’ve paved the way for a long road of happiness.

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Written by Katherine Jiang

Music lover and pizza enthusiast from Toronto.