"Dead And Gone" as written by Clifford Harris, Justin Timberlake and Robin Tadross....
Ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone
And ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone

Ever had one of dem days, you wish woulda' stayed home
Run into a group of niggas, getting they hate on
You walk by, they get wrong you reply
Then shit get blown
Way outta proportion, way past discussion
Just you against them, pick one then rush 'em
Figure you'll get your head ?
That next, they don't wanna stop
There now they bussin', now you gushin', ambulance
Rushin' you to the hospital, with a bad concussion
Plus ya hit four times, plus it hit ya
Spine paralyzed waist down, now ya wheel chair bound
Never mind that now, you lucky to be alive
Just think it all started you, fussin' with three guys
Now ya pride in the way, but ya pride is the way you
Could fuck around, get shot die any day
Niggas die, every day all over
Bull shit dope money dice, game ordinary hood shit
Could this be, 'cause of hip hop music
Or did the ones, with the good sense
Not use it, usually niggas
Don't know what to do, when their back against the wall
So they just start shootin'
For red or for blue or for blo' I guess
From Bankhead or from your projects
No more stress, now I'm straight
Now I get it now I take time to think
Before I make mistakes, just for my family's sake
That part of me left yesterday, the heart of me is strong today
No regrets I'm blessed to say, the old me dead and gone away

Ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone
And ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone

I ain't never been scared, I live through tragedy
Situation coulda been dead, lookin' back at it
Most of that shit, didn't even have to happen
But you don't think about it, when you out there trappin'
In apartments hangin', smokin' and rappin'
Niggas start shit didn't, next thing ya know we cappin'
Get locked up, then didn't even get mad
Now think about damn, what a life I had
Most of that shit, look back just laugh
Some shit, still look back just sad
Maybe my homeboy, 'till be around
Had I not, hit the nigga
In the mouth that time, I won that fight, I lost that war
I can still see my nigga, walkin' out that door
Who'da thought I'd never see, Philant no more
Got enough dead homies, I don't want no more
Cost a nigga his job, cost me more
Ida took that ass-whoopin', now for sure
Now think before I risk my life
Take them chances to get my stripe
A nigga put his hands on me alright
Otherwise stand there, talk shit all night
'Cause I hit you, you sue me
I shoot you, get locked up, who me?
No more stress, now I'm straight
Now I get it now I take
Time to think, before I make mistakes
Just for my family's sake
That part of me left yesterday
The heart of me is strong today
No regrets I'm blessed to say
The old me dead and gone away

Ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone
And ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone

I turn my head to the east
I don't see nobody by my side
I turn my head to the west
Still nobody in sight
So I turn my head to the north
Swallow that pill
That they call pride
The old me is dead and gone
But the new me will be alright
I turn my head to the east
I don't see nobody by my side
I turn my head to the west
Still nobody in sight
So I turn my head to the north
Swallow that pill
That they call pride
The old me is dead and gone,
But the new me will be alright

Ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone
And ooh, I've been travelin' on this road too long
Just trying to find, my way back home
The old me, is dead and gone, dead and gone


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"Dead and Gone" as written by Robin Tadross Clifford Harris

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    General Commenti just love t.i. & justin timberlake together, i was real excited to see they did another song together ..

    this song is basically about t.i.`s life, and how he`s trying to turn it around .
    paigeraquelon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJT kills it in that third verse. Good to see T.I. growing up. He's always been one of my favorite rappers and his music has evolved very nicely over the years.
    SepSevenon October 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it a direct reflection on his life, particularly last year's gun charges. He's realizing how serious that was and that it nearly cost him a lot. Seems like he's maturing and reflecting on his life as of late.
    kmk_natashaon November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song a lot. I like Justin Timberlakes part a lot too. I think it makes the song.

    Cant stop listening! I like the meaning too. Its basically T.I. reflecting on his life and realizing that he needs to grow up and be a man to survive.
    liesparadiseon December 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti was trying to figure out who the guy singing was with my aunt for hours.
    doesn't sound like justin, at all.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on January 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that this song was about T.I. giving up his "gangster" life and then I heard the lyric "who'da thought I'd never see Philant no more" and I was sure that I was right. Philant was his personal assistant who died in the I-75 shootings in Cincinnati, OH (gotta tell you--I am from Cincy and couldn't believe that this happened). I am so glad that he is opening up about all of it and this is my two cents.
    panther2012on January 18, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song is the logical sequel to Live Your Life. In Live Your Life he eludes to maturing. "Been thugging all my life cant say i dont deserve to take a break" and basically the rest of the entire song tells how he is tired of the hip-hop 'life'. Now this song comes out and sort of gives a defining reason why.

    jameshillegason January 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJustin's part is awesome!
    dorky_twilighteron February 15, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI completely love this song, Even though his friend did die I don't think the song is really all about him. He is talking about his friend but this song is more about the changes he has made, he realizes the consequences of his actions, I think he is saying goodbye to the old him and accepting the new person he has become. Great song all around
    ksnook3583on March 09, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that the message is pretty clear, with some underlying meanings as well.

    Generally I think the song is about as someone said before me, T.I.'s growth, and evolution. I think he is starting to realize the kind of life he wants to live, and it isn't the one of a gangster, losing people to gun fights and having to deal with friends dying at any moment.

    He makes many references to trying to leave his old life behind him, and start a new. The album Paper Trail is a very good one in my opinion. With the release of Live Your Life came a new image for him.

    Whenever a rapper makes a song like Live Your Life, I tend to favor them in any account. Then he came out with this song? Awesome.

    I don't think it would have mattered who he had doing the chorus, the message was still the same. Although Justin didn't do a bad job with it.

    Again though, the general idea is that he used to be a gangster. Was involved in drugs, gambling, and a bunch of other illegal activities. Now that he looks back on it, sometimes he laughs. We all do it. Look back on a bad situation and just laugh, because we think "How could we have ever been scared of that?" Sometimes he looks back and gets sad. Example, Philant. He was killed and as referenced in the song, it was because T.I. got in a fight with someone.

    Personally I love the line "I'd a take that asswhooping now for sure". I think that shows a lot about his character these days. If he had to choose between a friends life, or an ass kicking, he would save his friends life.

    That's just my opinion though...
    xlxblackyxlxon March 17, 2009   Link

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