When Joey and Rory Feek recorded “When I’m Gone” for their 2012 album His & Hers they had no idea that the song would later become so relevant to their life together. When you watch the video for the song you see Joey Feek telling her husband Rory Feek to be happy after she has passed away. The emotion in the video is so real and watching it so close after Joey’s death is heartbreaking and a little eerie.
During the filming of the music video, some four years before Joey would be diagnosed and pass away from cervical cancer, the couple try to portray the emotional message of the song authentically. They chose to film it at their farm in Tennessee and Rory’s tears in the footage are real.
“From right here I get to see my bride’s garden…and our back field and the cemetery where the people who built our farmhouse are buried, and where we’ll be buried some day.” Rory Feek says in the video below.
“That view through the screen door, there’s no acting going on. That stuff is real, even the emotion that I felt the second I starting thinking about what my life might be like and it just overtook me and I couldn’t stop myself.” he continued.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video of Joey + Rory‘s “When I’m Gone” below: