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Story of Song

Inspired by true events. In an interview with, Theron Thomas told the story behind the song, saying: “Our dad was locked up for five years. And during the time he was gone, our mom held it down. She’d take us to see him.  They’re still together to this day. They’ve been together for 36 years. So we thought that that was a great story to write a song about.”

Theron also talked about his mom setting a high standard example for any prospective girlfriend: “We each hope we can find a woman who will love us like that. Who will be there for us, whether we’re down and out or whether we’re doing great and who will love us for who we are. That’s our standard. Our whole outlook on relationships is based on that.”

Release date

Released on June 29, 2015.


Ridge Morton – Theron Thomas – Timothy Thomas – Lukasz Gottwald – Henry Walter


Kemosabe – RCA

Chart Rankings


In the US, the song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, and topped the US Mainstream Top 40. In the UK, it peaked at number two, and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). “Locked Away” topped the charts in Croatia, Lebanon, Poland, and Slovakia. The song was in the top charts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.  “Locked Away” was certified triple platinum in Australia, pltinum in Canada and New Zealand, and gold in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Poland.

Artist’s age on release date

36 (Levine). Rock City had been together for 12 years.

Cover Versions

Sam Tsui & Kirsten Collins – Tiffany Alvord – Chris Brenner & Kim Leitinger – Lil Wayne – other amateur artists covered this song on YouTube

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    Eleonora Faedo

    November 26, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    In my opinion the song is sad because a men is looking for a girl who will be there for him even though he is down, who will ride for him and who is fair, but he doesn’t find her.
    At the same time the song is sweet because if he found a girl like that he would give her all the love also in the bad moments ad his mum did when his father was loked up for five years. I agree with his mum because all the people are looking for a person who stay with us when our luce is perfect but also when we are dow. I think that a relationship is based in that.


    April 19, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    The song backwards is about me personally. I used to have hydrocephalus since birth but in 2015 a CT scan showed I no longer had water on the brain

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