"Can't Be Really Gone" as written by and Gary Scott Burr....
Her hat is hanging by the door
The one she bought in Mexico
It blocked the wind, it stopped the rain
She'd never leave that one
So she can't be really gone

The shoes she bought on Christmas Eve
She laughed and said they called her name
It's like they're waiting in the hall
For her to slip them on
So she can't be really gone

I don't know when she'll come back back
She must intend to come back
And I've seen the error of my ways
Don't waste the tears on me
What more proof do you need
Just look around the room
So much of her remains

Her book is lying on the bed
The two of hearts to mark her page
Now who could ever walk away at chapter twenty one
So she can't be really gone

Just look around this room
So much of her remains

Her book is lying on the bed
The two of hearts to mark her page
Now who could ever walk away with so much left undone
So she can't be really gone
No she can't be really gone


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"Can't Be Really Gone" as written by Gary Scott Burr

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    General CommentIt's about a man who is grieving his wife's death. She was taken away from him, and he's in denial that she's truly gone for good.

    It can also be relating to a divorce, I suppose.
    NavyKittenon December 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree, I don't know what's happened to her, perhaps she died suddenly, perhaps she's left him? But he's saying "look, all her stuff is there, she can't be gone, she must be coming back" and he's also saying "don't cry for me", which suggests death.
    nutty dolphinon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe man in the song is in denial about his wife leaving him... he is using the presence of her items around the house to console himself.

    i dont think she died because of these lines:

    I don't know when she'll come back
    She must intend to come back
    I've seen the error of my ways

    this song is very sad... but i have always loved it
    goldengramm15on October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe man in the song is in denial about his wife leaving him... he is using the presence of her items around the house to console himself.

    i dont think she died because of these lines:

    I don't know when she'll come back
    She must intend to come back
    I've seen the error of my ways

    this song is very sad... but i have always loved it
    goldengramm15on October 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe man in the song is in denial about his wife leaving him... he is using the presence of her items around the house to console himself.

    i dont think she died because of these lines:

    I don't know when she'll come back
    She must intend to come back
    I've seen the error of my ways

    this song is very sad... but i have always loved it
    goldengramm15on October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation has always been that the woman dumped him because of something that he did. The key line that convinces me of this is "I've seen the error of my ways". Of course he sees this too late. Sure, all those things are there, but the odds of her coming back sound pretty slim to me.

    The problem, in my opinion, is the video for this song, which treats the lyrics as if she died. I suspect that is why so many people think the died instead of left.
    HooeyBrownon May 29, 2010   Link

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