When I'm Gone (3 Doors Down song)

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"When I'm Gone"
Single by 3 Doors Down
from the album Away from the Sun
Released October 21, 2002
Format CD, digital download
Genre Post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:20
Label Republic Records
Certification Gold (RIAA)
3 Doors Down singles chronology
"Be Like That"
"When I'm Gone"
"The Road I'm On"

"When I'm Gone" is a song recorded by American rock band 3 Doors Down. It was released in October 2002 as the lead single from their second album, Away from the Sun. It peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 2003. The song also spent seventeen weeks atop the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart from November 2002 through March 2003, becoming one of the longest-running number-one singles on that chart.[1] The song also peaked No. 2 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart almost reaching No. 1 by one spot from Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows" on the issue dated February 15, 2003. It spent one week atop the Top 40 Mainstream chart for one week on May 3, 2003 and also peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Top 40 chart. This song is featured on the rhythm video game Band Hero.

Music video[edit]

There are 2 videos for the song. The official music video was directed by The Emperor. It features the band performing live on the USS George Washington in the Mediterranean Sea on October 2, 2002.[2] The video is dedicated to all military personnel who are fighting overseas.

The original video features the band members in a swamp, being buried alive while playing. It only aired on MuchMusic USA in the US.[3]

Track listings[edit]

  • AUS version
  1. "When I'm Gone" (Album version) - 4:20
  2. "Changes" (Album version) - 3:56
  3. "Living a Lie" (Previously unreleased) - 3:35
  4. "Pop Song" 3:12
  • Tracks Off Various Versions
  1. "When I'm Gone" (Radio edit) - 3:02

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002-03) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 64
Canadian Singles Chart 10
Dutch Singles Chart 95
US Billboard Hot 100 4
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 3
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Preceded by
"You Know You're Right" by Nirvana
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 30, 2002 — March 22, 2003
Succeeded by
"Straight Out of Line" by Godsmack


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 633.
  2. ^ 3 Doors Down - When I'm Gone. YouTube. Retrieved on April 11, 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn9LZNNeDJk

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