"Once I'm Gone" is a song from the Every Ape and His Brother album Elefante Elegante Interesante Importante. It is a style parody of Nickelback and Daughtry, and the first true style parody ever from Every Ape and His Brother.
The song was written from the point of view of someone who is dying and is contemplating the uncertainty of fate in the afterlife. The individual, implicitly male but kept generic enough to be female if need be; tries to offer the best possible advice for surviving friends whilst dispelling of common poetic clichés that the living use to describe how they feel about the departed, particularly those clichés which the dying individual does not agree with.
The song was created around 3:00 PM EDT on April 5th 2008 from the FLT1000BCAS_13 Dell Optilex GX280 station of the FLITE library of Ferris State University, in commemoration of an inspirational (but cliché-ridden) poem that was recited at the funeral of a young woman named Rebecca Vogelsang. The poem was copied by a Forest Hills Eastern High School student to the Facebook group "RIP Rebecca Vogelsang, you are sorely missed." The poem, also the heading of a discussion thread in that Facebook group, reads: "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep."
| "Once I'm Gone"
Once I'm gone; / I don't know; /
When I'm looking down for you; / from high above! /
All I know / is when I go; /
Is memory / of whether or not; / you could love! /
Oh...! / And I don't know /
Not really sure of what I'll be! /
Will I be floating on the stars? /
Or will the distance be too far? /
It'd be nice / to know you care; /
Will I recall you / and will I /
And how soon / before we meet; /
What kind of new life will we / hope to savor? /
Lead-in to Second ChorusEdit
So don't look / for me at all! /
I'm in the arms / of One who can! /
Whether you're rich / or on the street!!! /
Oh...! / Can't say I'd whisper / in your ear! /
So when my ship is / safe at bay! /
That once you find me / you can stay!!!! /
[Repeat Lead-in to Second Chorus]
You don't need / to call me things; /
I'd be content / to know I was / your guiding light! /
When the evil / of this world; /
When it gets too great / for you to stand and fight! /
Trust yourself / to the One who can! /
Since He will see you looking down! /
If you are / the next one they slay! /
Then feel / free swing my way! /
Oh!... / So if you miss me / once I'm gone! /
If there is faith / and you still care! /
At least / the end has come to strife! /
[End of Song]
Lyrics © 2007 Dozerfleet Records.
- "That One"
|⛊ Elefante Elegante Interesante Importante (2007)|
|2||The Bison's Apocalypse|
|4||Serial Bomber, Part 2|
|5||Salem (Story of a Trial)|
|7||Once I'm Gone|
|8||Livin' It Like al-Queada|
|9||Miss A. Defendant|
|10||Die Die Die!!!|