Rory Feek Says “God Knew” He’d Need to Say Goodbye

Joey + Rory's Hymns That Are Important to Us Due Out This Week

“How many men who are losing the woman they love get a gift like that?”

That’s what Joey + Rory’s Rory Feek asked in his latest blog, about the song “When I’m Gone.”

He and his wife, Joey, who is in hospice care, are adding that song of theirs to their upcoming Cracker Barrel CD, Hymns That Are Important to Us. It will be available Friday (Jan. 15) on the restaurant chain’s website.

In addition to that song, there are 12 other tracks that were the soundtrack to Joey’s childhood, including “I Surrender All,” “He Touched Me,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “Jesus Loves Me,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “How Great Thou Art” and “I’ll Fly Away.”

But “When I’m Gone” seems to be the most timely, and most bittersweet. It was written by an undiscovered Nashville songwriter Sandy Lawrence, who is in her late 50s. She wrote the song for her own dying mother. But while Lawrence wrote the song, it was God who brought it to the Feeks.

“(God) knew I would need her to tell me goodbye … not just once, but a thousand times. And I’d need to know that no matter how much time passes, that she loves me still. And He made it so that if I needed to be reminded of her beautiful life and heart and voice… she would only be a ‘click’ away,” Rory explained of why this song is so perfect.

As Joey’s battle against cancer continues, her health seems to be worsening, and Rory admits that her morphine dosage has quadrupled in the last week in an effort to keep her comfortable.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.