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[Introduction]
Yeah...
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 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, despite you?
What happens when you become the main source of her pain?
"Daddy look what I made", Dad's gotta go catch a plane
"Daddy where's Mommy? I can't find Mommy where is she?"
I don't know go play Hailie, baby, your Daddy's busy
Daddy's writing a song, this song ain't gonna write itself
I'll give you one underdog then you gotta swing by yourself
Then turn right around in that song and tell her you love her
And put hands on her mother, who's a spitting image of her
That's Slim Shady, yeah baby, Slim Shady's crazy
Shady made me, but tonight Shady's rocka-by-baby...

[Chorus]
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...

[Verse 2]
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? Why is Mommy crying?"
Baby, Daddy ain't leaving no more, "Daddy you're lying
"You always say that, you always say this is the last time
"But you ain't leaving no more, Daddy you're mine"
She's piling boxes in front of the door trying to block it
"Daddy please, Daddy don't leave, Daddy - no stop it!"
Goes in her pocket, pulls out a tiny necklace locket
It's got a picture, "this'll keep you safe Daddy, take it withcha'"
I look up, it's just me standing in the mirror
These fuckin' walls must be talking, cuz man I can hear 'em
They're saying "You've got one more chance to do right" - and it's tonight
Now go out there and show that you love 'em before it's too late
And just as I go to walk out of my bedroom door
It's turns to a stage, they're gone, and this spotlight is on
And I'm singing...

[Chorus]
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...

[Verse 3]
Sixty thousand people, all jumping out their seat
The curtain closes, they're throwing roses at my feet
I take a bow and thank you all for coming out
They're screaming so loud, I take one last look at the crowd
I glance down, I don't believe what I'm seeing
"Daddy it's me, help Mommy, her wrists are bleeding,"
But baby we're in Sweden, how did you get to Sweden?
"I followed you Daddy, you told me that you weren't leavin'
"You lied to me Dad, and now you make Mommy sad
"And I bought you this coin, it says 'Number One Dad'
"That's all I wanted, I just want to give you this coin
"I get the point - fine, me and Mommy are going"
But baby wait, "it's too late Dad, you made the choice
"Now go out there and show 'em that you love 'em more than us"
That's what they want, they want you Marshall, they keep.. screamin' your name
It's no wonder you can't go to sleep, just take another pill
Yeah, I bet you you will. You rap about it, yeah, word, k-keep it real
I hear applause, all this time I couldn't see
How could it be, that the curtain is closing on me
I turn around, find a gun on the ground, cock it
Put it to my brain and scream "god Shady" and pop it
The sky darkens, my life flashes, the plane that I was supposed to be on crashes and burns to ashes
That's when I wake up, alarm clock's ringin', there's birds singin'
It's Spring and Hailie's outside swinging, I walk right up to Kim and kiss her
Tell her I miss her, Hailie just smiles and winks at her little sister
Almost as if to say..

[Chorus/Outro]
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...

[Curtains closing and sounds of footsteps]



Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/e/eminem/when_im_gone_lyrics.html

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  • sixxluver91
    +9
    sixxluver91Aug 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm
    It's tellin hailie not to stress or cry or worry when daddy goes away... wether it's on a short trip for some concert or when he dies. it's telling her just to remember him and know that daddy loves her and that he's always watchin her... like all dads should do.
    ~Lil SD
  • a
    +3
    andrew10813Jan 20, 2010 at 6:23 am
    This song was the first song i ever memotized and my cuz got jelous so i kept singing anfd singing so now i love to sing
  • _
    +2
    _JacquelineJ_Jun 21, 2011 at 2:11 am
    Marshall or Eminem is spending less time with his family, and instead loves being Slim Shady better. Hailey, Marshall's daughter, is trying to get her dad to be himself again, not Slim Shady, coz Slim Shady has got fame all over him, and forgot about who he really is. Marshall promises Hailey this is the last time he's going away, leaving her, but he always said that, making Hailey doesn't believe him. When he was about to go away, Hailey tries to prevent him from going and gave him a tiny necklace locket. He still leaves to Sweden, though. When he ends his concert at Sweden, he saw Hailey in the audience. Hailey said that she only wanted to give him a coin that says "Number #1 Dad.", meaning that she loves him, but her dad loves his fans more than her. She becomes angry, and told him to let them know that he loves his fans more than his family. After since that, Slim Shady is gone, instead comes out Marshall or Eminem who spends time with family. All, thanks to Hailey, who helped him realize that he doesn't need fame, all he needs is his family.
  • LikeaBoss
    +2
    LikeaBossAug 14, 2010 at 2:16 am
    I just realized how deep the meaning is, it is about telling his daughter to never feel pain when she loses him. :(
  • x
    +2
    xX-m-e-XxJul 30, 2008 at 6:03 am
    i love theese lyrics so much.
    i love eminem so much.
    i love this song so much!!
    man i love the rap. it sound wicKAD!

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