When Youre Gone by Avril
The When You’re Gone by Avril Lavigne music video was made to accompany the song, the second single from her 2007 album The Best Damn Thing. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, presumably in 2007, although it is not known exactly when it was filmed. Some of the video was filmed at the Botanic Garden at California State University’s Northridge Campus. The song is about how she feels when she misses someone, and the video features three couples, each missing someone.
The video opens with the shot of a house, and on the porch stands a woman, holding the hands of a man dressed in a military uniform. The video cuts to Lavigne, wearing a white gown with a long train, playing piano in a dark, dingy room. The scene then switches to a couple cuddling under a tree, and then an old man stroking the bed in his room. There are pictures of him at various points of his life with a woman on his bedside table. The soldier puts on his hat and walks away, getting on a bus full of soldiers. The woman he left behind clutches her stomach, revealing that she’s pregnant. All of these things are interspersed with shots of Lavigne singing and playing the piano.
The couple under the tree are shown kissing, but a woman, presumably the girl’s mother, runs up and drags her away. When she stands, we see that the tree has had their initials carved into it. The girl cries, looking miserable, as her mother drives her home. Lavigne is shown in a black dress, spinning and singing in the park where the couple was. In his room, the old man looks at his wedding portrait and cries. He turns the light on in a closet and smells his wife’s clothes. Meanwhile, in a darkened living room, the pregnant woman watches the news. Deaths and explosions are shown, and she sobs. She checks her phone, but there are no messages. The girl looks at pictures of her and her boyfriend on her camera.
The music video for When You’re Gone by Avril Lavigne continues as the dark room that she is in begins to crumble, letting light in as she sings. The three people all find themselves in similar situations. The walls of the man’s house fall away, revealing a cemetery. The girl once again finds herself in the park. The pregnant woman is at a military ceremony. The old man pours two glasses of champagne on top of his wife’s gravestone and toasts to her. The girl carves 4EVER next to their initials and hugs the tree. The woman, now very pregnant, checks her cell phone again and see the message, “I’m okay. I miss u.” She is seen laughing triumphantly, relieved. The last shot of the video is Lavigne running in a field as the video quietly fades out. The When You’re Gone by Avril Lavigne music video is a deeply emotional, personal piece, and yet it is very relatable to the viewer.