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