Lead singer Rob Thomas wrote this as a "love letter" to his future wife, Marisol. She was having second thoughts about starting a relationship with a musician. "When I first met her, it was just a lot, me being on the road, me having a son, her going to college and not knowing if she wanted to date a guy that lived this kind of life," he explained in an interview with Forbes
. "So I went and wrote 'If You're Gone,' which was kind of a song to get her back. And I'm not sure if the song worked, but I don't think it hurt."
Emily - Louisville, KY