It was released on December 6, , the same day as the album was released, as the lead single. It was thought at the time that this album would mark the beginning of an extended musical hiatus for Eminem, who had said "I'm at a point in my life right now where I feel like I don't know where my career is going This is the reason that we called it Curtain Call , because this could be the final thing. We don't know. The song's lyrics pertain to Eminem's life as a celebrity musician interfering with his family. Eminem uses imagery to evoke a feeling of sadness about his family falling apart. The music video for the song was directed by Anthony Mandler. AllMusic wrote a mixed to positive overview: "There's the closing "When I'm Gone," a sentimental chapter in the Eminem domestic psychodrama that bears the unmistakable suggestion that Em is going away for a while. While it's not up to the standard of " Mockingbird ," it is more fully realized than the two other new cuts here
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It's my life In my own words I guess Have you ever loved someone so much, you'd give an arm for? Not the expression, no, literally give an arm for? When they know they're your heart And you know you were their armour And you will destroy anyone who would try to harm her But what happens when karma turns right around and bites you? And everything you stand for turns on you to spite you? What happens when you become the main source of her pain? I can't find Mommy where is she? And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling And I didn't feel a thing, So, baby, don't feel no pain Just smile back And when I'm gone, just carry on, don't mourn Rejoice every time you hear the sound of my voice Just know that I'm looking down on you smiling And I didn't feel a thing, So, baby, don't feel no pain Just smile back I keep having this dream, I'm pushin' Hailie on the swing She keeps screaming, she don't want me to sing "You're making Mommy cry, why?
Carter and Luisa Gerstein of Lulu and the Lampshades. The song became popular after it was performed by Anna Kendrick in the film Pitch Perfect. The original song "When I'm Gone" was written by A. It can also be heard in the film Dan in Real Life. Lulu and the Lampshades were the first to perform the song using the cup game for percussion.