I'll Be Gone

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"I'll Be Gone"
Studio-Living Things Cover.jpg
Song by Linkin Park from the album Living Things
Working title Primo
Recorded 2008 - 2012
Length 03:31
Stems Stagelight: Linkin Park Edition[1] (Primo)
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 70
Key A Minor
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

Living Things track listing
  1. Lost In The Echo
  2. In My Remains
  3. Burn It Down
  4. Lies Greed Misery
  5. I'll Be Gone
  6. Castle Of Glass
  7. Victimized
  8. Roads Untraveled
  9. Skin To Bone
  10. Until It Breaks
  11. Tinfoil
  12. Powerless

"I'll Be Gone" is the fifth track off of Linkin Park's fifth studio album, Living Things, and the third promotional single from the album to be released. The track was added to KROQ's playlists on December 5, 2012, and peaked at number 26 on the UK Rock charts.[2][3] The song features string work done by Owen Pallett, who is well known for working with Arcade Fire.[4]


Mike Shinoda has mentioned how the imagery of "I'll Be Gone", a relationship-based track, has metaphors of space and intergalactic travel, which made the track stick out to him more.[5] Shinoda also talked about how hard of a song "I'll Be Gone" was to write, stating that there were lots of revisions of the track over the course of a year.[6] This is likely due to the song starting during the A Thousand Suns sessions, under the name "Primo". This version of the song was released on LP Underground XIII, which contained track-by-tack commentary done by Shinoda. In this commentary, he said "Although we opted for a different final direction for "I'LL BE GONE", I always loved this longer version of the song. I think this is a good example of how a different structure and arrangement can totally change the vibe of the song. Plus, this has a different chorus."


"I'll Be Gone" got two official remixes, both of which were released on the band's second remix album, Recharged, one done by Vice and the other done by Schoolboy. Vice's remix of the song features new verses by Mike Shinoda and Pusha T.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
I'll Be Gone Living Things 3:31 2012 June 20, 2012
  • Features string arrangements by Owen Pallett.
Primo (I’ll Be Gone - Longform 2010 Demo) LP Underground XIII 5:57 2010 November 12, 2013
I'll Be Gone (Instrumental) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 3:32 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official instrumental version.
I'll Be Gone (Acapella) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 2:59 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official acapella version.
  • There's a glitch at 2:18.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
I'll Be Gone (Vice Remix feat. Pusha T) Recharged 4:00 2013 October 24, 2013
  • Remix by DJ Vice.
  • Features vocals by Pusha T.
I'll Be Gone (Schoolboy Remix) Recharged 6:11 2013 October 24, 2013
  • Remix by Schoolboy.


During an LPU chat in December 2012, Chester said the band had rehearsed "I'll Be Gone" for the upcoming tour, but they ultimately ended up never playing it. This makes "I'll Be Gone" one of the few songs that was rehearsed but not played.



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