"But you'll be okay on that first day when I'm gone..."
In 2011, before their lives were turned upside down, Joey + Rory released their third studio album, His and Hers, which was packed with a whole lot of emotion. A perfect example is the album's first single, the touching song about the passing of a loved one, called "When I'm Gone."
In 2012, just a year after the release of "When I'm Gone," the couple opened up to theboot.com about the touching song. Joey explained that the song was written by a friend of hers, Sandy Lawrence, who was dealing with the pain of losing a parent. She wrote the song for her children and husband, telling them if anything happened, they would be ok. Joey said,
It came from one of my dearest friends who never had a cut. She wrote that song by herself and she wrote it about her mother who was dying. She was watching her mother pass, and she was so badly needing her mother to tell her those words. She needed affirmation that everything was going to be okay after her mom died and she wasn’t able to get it from her, but she wanted to write this to leave to her son and to her husband and to let them know that if anything were to ever happen, everything is going to be okay when I’m gone.
It just knocked me out. When we recorded it, it was just magical. She came in while we were recording it in the studio and then I had her sing the harmony vocals on it with Rory and then when we shot the music video, it just seemed so fitting that she played the piano.
Although the song never charted, it gained the duo a lot of popularity... especially these days.
The song's video shows an emotional Joey telling her husband that everything will be ok when she is gone.
Joey said when she first heard the song's lyrics,
I was devastated, absolutely devastated when I heard it and what it meant and coming from the person who is leaving their loved one. That concept was just something that I had never heard or thought of before and it really struck me.
In June 2014, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer, shortly after the birth of the couple's daughter. A year later, the duo announced that the cancer had returned and spread.
By October 2105, Joey + Rory announced that they would be stopping all cancer treatments. Joey went home on November 9th and entered Hospice care.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the couple.
Watch the emotional video below.
A bright sunrise will contradict the heavy fog that weighs you down
In spite of all the funeral songs, the birds will make their joyful sounds
You'll wonder why the Earth still moves.
You'll wonder how you'll carry on.
But you'll be okay on that first day when I'm gone
Dusk will come with fireflies and Whippoorwill and crickets call.
And every star will take its place in silvery gown and purple shawl
You'll lie down in our big bed
Dread the dark and dread the dawn.
But you'll be alright on that first night when I'm gone.
You will reach for me in vain, you'll be whispering my name
As if sorrow were your friend and this world so alien
But life will call with daffodils and morning glorious blue skies.
You'll think of me - some memory, and softly smile to your surprise.
And even though you love me still, you will know where you belong.
Just give it time
We'll both be fine when I'm gone.
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