When It’s Gone

Words and Music by Matthew P. Hanley (BMI)


When It’s Gone is a comical country song about not drinking whiskey when there is none to be had. It involves a singer talking to a perhaps present sister to ease her concerns about his over-indulgence. It becomes clear that the earnest singer is being disingenuous with purposely vague lines like :

“I swim every day (that) I’m at the pool.”


“I’m vegetarian each day there’s no moon or sun.”

It becomes clear that the singer will indeed stay on the wagon …. when hell freezes over!

When It’s Gone is track 4 on the Matt Hanley album “To Be With You.”