When I'm Gone (3 Doors Down song)

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"When I'm Gone"
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Single by 3 Doors Down
from the album Away from the Sun
ReleasedOctober 21, 2002
  • Brad Arnold
  • Todd Harrell
  • Chris Henderson
  • Matt Roberts
3 Doors Down singles chronology
"Be Like That"
"When I'm Gone"
"The Road I'm On"

"When I'm Gone" is a song 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.

Music video[edit]

There are two 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 was directed by Marc Klasfeld and only aired on MuchMusic USA in the US.[3]

Live performances[edit]

"When I'm Gone" was first performed live on February 28, 2001 at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As of 1 April 2019, it has been performed 445 times, making it the fourth most performed song by 3 Doors Down.[4]

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


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 64
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 5


  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. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn9LZNNeDJk
  4. ^ "When I'm Gone by 3 Doors Down song statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993-2005. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – 3 Doors Down – When I'm Gone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 2003 - Billboard Year End Charts". Bobborst. Bobborst. Retrieved June 2, 2017.

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