When I'm Gone

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  • This Sandy Lawrence penned ballad finds Joey Feek singing of a dying wife reassuring her husband that he'll be okay when she's gone. "I was devastated, absolutely devastated when I heard it and what it meant and coming from the person who is leaving their loved one," Joey told The Boot regarding the song. "That concept was just something that I had never heard or thought of before, and it really struck me."
  • Sandy Lawrence is a friend of Joey and Rory's. The songwriter, who has never had a cut recorded before, wrote the track when she was losing her mother. "She was watching her mother pass, and she was so badly needing her mother to tell her those words," Joey explained. "She needed affirmation that everything was going to be okay after her mom died and she wasn't able to get it from her, but she wanted to write this to leave to her son and to her husband and to let them know that if anything were to ever happen, everything is going to be okay when I'm gone."

    "When we recorded it, it was just magical," he added. "She came in while we were recording it in the studio and then I had her sing the harmony vocals on it with Rory and then when we shot the music video, it just seemed so fitting that she played the piano."
  • In November 2015, Rory announced that Joey had terminal cancer and they were stopping all treatment. Following the disclosure of the diagnosis, fans of the duo started campaigning to get this song to the top of the iTunes charts.
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