Gibraltarian singer-songwriter Albert Hammond first recorded “When I’m Gone” in 1981. It is a single included on his 1981 album, Your World and My World. In addition, Hammond co-wrote this four-minute tune with H. Payne.
About the Singer-Songwriter Albert Hammond
Born in London, England, Albert Hammond traces back his roots to the small colony of the UK at the tip of southern Spain, Gibraltar. During the World War II, his family was forced to evacuate to London where he was born on May 18, 1944. When he was 24, he went back to Gibraltar and started his music career with the Gibraltarian band, The Diamond Boys. They usually performed at the nightclubs in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
Not just an amazing singer, Hammond is also a prolific songwriter. He collaborated with equally talented songwriters of his time like Mike Hazlewood, John Bettis, Diane Warren, Holly Knight and Carole Bayer Sager. With his songwriting abilities, he has produced top hits of Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, and Bonnie Tyler to name a few. Notable songs he has written are “One Moment in Time” sung by Houston, “To All the Girls I’ve Love Before” a Nelson-Iglesias duet, and “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer.
As a solo singer in his own right, the most famous songs he has had were “When I’m Gone“, “Down by the River“, and “It Never Rains in Southern California.”
The story of the Song
The song focuses on the questions, what would happen if your lover dies? Will you take good care of everything when the person that you love is already gone?
From the title alone, “When I’m Gone” centers on the possibility that when he’s already gone, what could possibly happen to his lover? Will she miss him as he misses her? Well, these are just of the questions that have been raised with the thought. In addition, he can’t stop thinking of her and is dying to be reunited with her. He hopes that love will soon reunite them.
Sometimes I’ll wanna run to you like lovers do
When love is new and just for a moment be close to you
Pretending I’m still holding you.
And even when I’m far away the dreams will stay.
And someday after we’ve both chased our fantasies
Love will bring you back to me
Watch Albert Hammond perform his 1981 hit “When I’m Gone” below:
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Albert Hammond, When I'm Gone