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Eminem: When I'm Gone Meaning

Song Released: 2005

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It's my life...
My own words I guess...

[Verse 1]
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...


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    Jan 8th, 2011 1:07am report

    I don't know exactly the interpretation obviously only Em would know that. I'm not a huge fan but my brother was and he took this song seriously. This song is the reason my brother turned his life around. He learned from Em's mistakes. When my brother found out he had a son he joined the army he wanted his son to be first and know he was loved. Just as Em wanted for Hailey. My brother went to Afghanistan and didn't make it out, and every time I hear this song I hear my brother singing the chorus. This song is the reason I kept breathing after they told me he wasn't coming home. I now have the chorus tattooed on my shoulder blade. So thank you Em for giving me this memory.


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    Oct 16th, 2013 10:39pm report

    Eminem’s album “Curtain Call” is mainly his reflection on the previous four years of his life and what he’s become. He changed from being broke and struggling to provide for his family, to wealthy, but he still feels as if he has failed his family. For example, in his song “When I’m Gone” he sings of his daughter Hailie saying; "Daddy please, daddy don't leave, daddy, no stop it!" (Eminem). He sings from Hailie’s perspective because he knows that he has told her countless times he won’t leave anymore. Despite his promises, he always chose his fame and fortune over Hailie and his wife, Kim. Later in the song, Eminem kills his alter ego; “‘I turn around, find a gun on the ground and cock it. Put it to my brain, scream, "Die Shady" and pop it’” (Eminem). Eminem raps about killing himself because he has once again abandoned his daughter to tour and do drugs. One reason this is important is because he doesn’t kill “Eminem”; he kills “Shady.” He links the savage and evil side of himself to this alter ego which he refers to as Slim Shady. Finally, he wakes up and, instead of going back to his old ways of treating his family, he “walk[s] right up to Kim and kiss[es] her, tell[s] her he miss[es] her, Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister” (Eminem). Eminem doesn’t actually wake up, he comes to the realization that he has hurt his family and tries to change his attitude at home to comfort them. Hailie sees that he is trying to change to become a better father and winks at her little sister as if to tell her that things will be much better in the future. This song, and a good amount of the other songs in “Curtain Call,” hint at Eminem’s new attitude towards life and clue in at the brightness of his future.


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    Apr 11th, 2006 4:04pm report

    All the other interpretations are and they don't know what there talking about. This song is not to any of us or any us his fans, it's to his daughter about how she is everything to him and he didn't relize that working so much hurt her and he fells so bad now and how she d how he left her all the time to preform for his fans as if the work is more important to him. This was all a dream and he realizes that his family is more important to him.


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    May 16th, 5:14pm report

    When I was younger my father was never there because he did drugs and he would drink all the time. My father use to beat my mom when she was pregnant with me.This song and Mockingbird are very important to me. They match my life story. I haven't been through the things his daughters when through, and they went through a lot more than me. My dad left because he didn't want me, he wanted my mom to get an abortion but she wouldn't. He would cook meth when I was in the house and I was only 2 weeks old.


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    Nov 21st, 2017 11:22pm report

    its about how eminem keeps leaving his wife Kim, and daughter Hailey to go on tour and perform for his fans and how he would do anything to change that.he would do anything for her like give an arm for her. and while he's on tour in the video she appears and tries to give him a coin that says number 1 dad and she says i wanted to give you this coin it looks like you love them mare than us.


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    Sep 16th, 2017 9:59am report

    It's a message, to other Niggaz out there. Simple

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    Oct 17th, 2015 10:44am report

    I think this song is about people who went crazy from Eminem's music just like me. When he says the walls are talking. When he says mommy's wrist are bleeding.

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    Mar 12th, 2014 3:03pm report

    when my best friends Grandpa died he wouldnt talk to anyone. hes a HUGE Eminem fan so i sent him the chorus to this. i think it means that when you lose someone you love you can mourn for a little bit but dont let it tkae over your world. get on with life like they want you to.


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    Nov 1st, 2012 11:53pm report

    i think that eminem wrote this song cause he want ed to tell haillie sorry for not being there for her.


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    Aug 25th, 2012 8:50pm report

    I think it's about na. And pills. Just like Iam not afraid song.

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    May 11th, 2012 5:42pm report

    When am gone is not a song for his fans or his daugher, because he(Eminem)loves his daugher and won't want to live her, well I think this song is for the Illuminati becuase in stanza3 the girl told him 'that he should go and show the crowd that he loves them more, he tired to explain but she didn't want to hear his explaination and she said you have made your choice then she left. I think a just used a girl but ironically he has his meaning. LDR

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    Mar 15th, 2012 3:23pm report

    Marshall Mathers wrote this song to explain to his daughter why he has to leave. He doesn't necessarily want to go but he knows that he has to. He says that he beat his wife and he did. He says that he isn't leaving his daughter anymore but she knows that he is lying. She knows that her daddy is going again. He wakes up and realizes that he was only dreaming. The fact that he did leave is bothering him because he knows that his daughter needs him. He says that he needs to show love to the people around him before they think that he doesn't love them anymore. In the end, he wakes up from the nightmare, goes outside and kisses Kim. He looks at Laney and Hailey and smiles.


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    Nov 9th, 2011 11:27pm report

    i bet you guys feel fucking stupid now dont you saying his career was over. now he brings out 3-4 more albums.


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    Aug 4th, 2011 8:12pm report

    The song is about how he keeps neglecting his family so he can be famous. He tries to make it better but shady keeps taking over which is in between the time jumps.


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    May 3rd, 2011 5:47pm report

    I think he's saying with all the violence going on between the rappers he wont be here forever and he wants to be with his daughter hailie and that he really cares about her cause when he says he gave a arm for her he actually had a tattoo on his upper right arm of hailie.

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    Jan 25th, 2011 1:13am report

    This song can have a different meaning to all of us. To me it refers to a few family members dying and my grandmother telling me they are always smiling at me from heaven. Also a lot of my friends have, or are, moving away, and when they do, I always have this funny little superstition, that whenever I look up into the night sky, I think that my friends are too, so in a funny way, I still feel close to them. Maybe this is what he meant it to be like. happen. What I mean is, that he probably meant for there to be no real meaning that its meant to be a different meaning for us all.


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    Aug 9th, 2010 8:58am report

    This song is about his obsession with his music and not paying as much attention to his family at home. This is prevalent when he sees Halie at his concert. She is crying for his attention and wants her daddy but the music is pulling them apart.


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    Aug 3rd, 2010 8:23am report

    This song is about when he's dreaming he dreams that he's at all the concerts he's supposed to go to and how his daughter doesn't want him to leave so bad because it makes her sad that he's gone all the time and then she shows up at one of his concerts saying mom's hurt and it's because you leave so much and are never home. When he wakes up he goes straight to his family to spend time with them because he feels bad. (:

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