Can't Be Really Gone

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"Can't Be Really Gone"
Tim McGraw - Can't Be Really Gone.jpg
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album All I Want
B-side ""That's Just Me"[1]"
Released October 23, 1995[2]
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Curb
Songwriter(s) Gary Burr
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"I Like It, I Love It"
"Can't Be Really Gone"
"All I Want Is a Life"

"Can't Be Really Gone" is a song written by Gary Burr, and performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw. It was released in October 1995 as the second single from his album All I Want. It peaked at number two on the United States Billboard country chart, and number four on the Canadian RPM country chart.

Track Listing[edit]


  1. Can't Be Really Gone 3:20
  2. That's Just Me 3:13


Written by Gary Burr, "Can't Be Really Gone" is a ballad where the narrator observes the various items that his lover has left behind. He tells himself that she "can't be really gone" if she has left behind an unfinished book and her favorite shoes.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine and Thom Jurek, in their review of the album, said that McGraw delivered the song with sincerity, and that it and other similar songs showed his artistic growth over Not a Moment Too Soon, his last album.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

"Can't Be Really Gone" re-entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks as an official single at number 67 for the week of October 21, 1995

Chart (1995–96) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 87
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 81
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 74


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 272–273. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ AOL Music profile for "Can't Be Really Gone"
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas; Thom Jurek. "All I Want review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2855." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 15, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Tim McGraw.
  6. ^ "Tim McGraw – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 

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