When I'm Gone (Simple Plan song)

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"When I'm Gone"
Single by Simple Plan
from the album Simple Plan
Released October 29, 2007
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Alternative rock, [1] pop punk[2]
Length 3:49 (Album version)
3:42 (Radio edit)
Label Lava, Atlantic
Producer(s) Danja, Dave Fortman[3]
Simple Plan singles chronology
"When I'm Gone"
"Your Love Is a Lie"
"When I'm Gone"
"Your Love Is a Lie"
Audio sample

"When I'm Gone" is the first single from Simple Plan's self-titled third studio album, Simple Plan. It was released via iTunes and lala.com on October 29, 2007, in conjunction with a live webchat from the band.


A 25-second preview of the song was premiered on October 24, 2007 on simpleplan.com.[4] The full song was premiered on simpleplan.com on October 29, 2007. It was done so in conjunction with a webchat with the band members, who answered fan questions during the chat.

The song was made available on iTunes the same day and the album was available for preorder on lala.com the following day (with a download of the single immediately available).[5][6][7]

Music video[edit]

The band flew to Los Angeles on November 8, 2007 and filmed the video. It was filmed on Sunset Blvd and then in a soundstage outside North Hollywood. Perez Hilton filmed a cameo.[8]

A 40-second pre-production preview of the video was aired on TRL and added to Simple Plan's website on November 6, 2007.[9]

The video was premiered on MTV.com on December 10, 2007, and MuchMusic on December 11. Frank Borin and the band directed the video.

The music video has been available through the band's official channel on YouTube since December 13, 2007 and has since gotten over 17 million views as of December 2013 [10]

The music video is about a young woman, played by Zoe Myers, who drives around town to cope with her recent breakup with a former lover, played by Bouvier. She has not got over him, which makes her see him everywhere she goes. In the end, she freaks out and calls Bouvier. Bouvier sees who is calling and ignores the call and continues to enjoy his bottle of beer. Scenes with the band playing against a black backdrop are shown throughout the video.


The song received a lot of airplay in 2007, making it the most successful single from the album. The song also received positive reviews from critics. Rolling Stone called it "a seize-the-day anthem with a cathartic refrain". Entertainment Weekly in their review of the album recommended downloading "When I'm Gone".


Chart (2007-2008)[11] Peak
Australia (ARIA) 14
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 11
Japan Hot 100[13] 10
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[14] 25
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 23
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 26
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[15] 5

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Simple Plan, Nate Hills and Arnold Lanni, except where noted.

Digital single[16] and European CD single
No. Title Length
1. "When I'm Gone" 3:42
iTunes single[17]
No. Title Length
1. "When I'm Gone" 3:49
2. "When I'm Gone" (Live in NYC) 3:33
U.S. 7" single
No. Title Length
1. "When I'm Gone" 3:51
2. "When I'm Gone" (Acoustic version) 3:30
Australian and European CD single / iTunes EP[18]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "When I'm Gone"   3:49
2. "Running Out of Time" (non-album track)
  • Simple Plan
  • Lanni
3. "When I'm Gone" (Acoustic version)   3:29
Total length: 10:33


  1. ^ "Simple Plan When i'm Gone". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Simple Plan. "When Im Gone Bass Tab version 1". Ultimate Guitar.com. 
  3. ^ "Simple Plan Back In Action With Third Album". Billboard. 2007-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Simple Plan Snippet". Simple Plan. Retrieved 2007-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Simple Plan Visual Browser". Simple Plan. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  6. ^ "Simple Plan Stream Chat". Simple Plan. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  7. ^ "Simple Plan Blog". Simple Plan. Retrieved 2007-10-30. 
  8. ^ Simpleplan.com Simple Plan information on music video.
  9. ^ Simpleplan.com 30 Second Preview of 'When Im Gone and details of TRL Broadcast.
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msumWLbq1Dk
  11. ^ Official Charts Worldwide
  12. ^ "Canadian Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=hot100&year=2008&month=02&day=18
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200801 into search.
  15. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. 
  16. ^ "When I'm Gone – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved October 30, 2007. 
  17. ^ "When I'm Gone – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  18. ^ "When I'm Gone – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 

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