Song Background

Released in 1995, “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” is a country song recorded by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It was the fourth single from their third album Waitin’ on Sundown. Don Cook co-wrote the song with the duo.

"You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone": Brooks & Dunn's No.1 Hit 1

Brooks & Dunn (Photo Credits:

To note, “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” placed no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. In addition, this is the third single of the duo to feature Kix Brooks as the lead vocals instead of Ronnie Dunn. Moreover, it is the only single of such that was one of Brooks & Dunn’s twenty Billboard Number One hits. (Wikipedia)

The song narrates a man who talks about his lover that she has constantly mistreating and ignoring him. Despite still showing great affection to her, he comes to the point when he realizes that their relationship might come to a near end because of how he treats him. Needless to say, if her behavior continues to persist, their relationship would end for good.

I’m still hurtin’ from the last time
You walked on this heart of mine
I can’t find much to believe in
You let me down so many times
Heaven knows how I love you
But I’m tired of holding on

You better kiss me
‘Cause you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone

From the title alone, the man reminds his lover that by the time their relationship ended, she will soon miss him and their relationship.

Song Reception and Critics

It is not uncommon to see a Brooks & Dunn hit on the charts. This song is one of their chart-toppers. “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” debuted at no. 72 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks on June 10, 1995. As weeks passed by, it soon stormed the charts and hit on the top. Consequently, it placed no. 1 on both the Canada RPM Country Tracks and US Hot Country Songs.

Meanwhile, reception of the song from fans and music critics was all praise. Eric Boehler of Billboard noted the craftsmanship and production of the song. He further stated:

  “another welcome Brooks & Dunn outing.”

On the other hand, another Billboard music critic, Deborah Evans Price, made positive reviews. She called it

“a welcome change of pace from their typically terrific barn-burning honky-tonkers and affecting tear-in-the-beer ballads.”

Further, she deemed the song an “excellent song craftsmanship with great production.”

Watch Brooks & Dunn sing “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” below:

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