Glen Campbell has shared the video for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” a track that the country music great previously revealed will be the final song he ever records as he battles Alzheimer’s Disease. The ballad’s devastating lyrics detail Campbell’s struggle with the illness, but juxtaposed with the music video, which utilizes personal home video and performance footage from throughout Campbell’s life, the result is a truly poignant experience.
“You’re the last person I will love / You’re the last face I will recall / And best of all / I’m not gonna miss you,” Campbell sings as the music video shows us real footage of a doctor showing Campbell X-rays of his brain, detailing how the disease will eat away at his memories. In the next shot, we see Campbell in the delivery room as one of his children is being born. Archival footage from the “Rhinestone Cowboy” singer’s five decades in music, like his performances alongside Johnny Cash also feature prominently. Campbell recorded “I’ll Not Gonna Miss You” in January 2013 with producer Julian Raymond.
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” was penned specifically for the upcoming documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which opens in New York on October 24th with a wide release to follow. The film features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, U2‘s The Edge, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and many more discussing Campbell’s impact. Campbell was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. The disease has progressed to the point where the Country Music Hall of Fame member was admitted to a special care facility in Nashville in April 2014.
“Sadly, Glen’s condition has progressed enough that we were no longer able to keep him at home,” Campbell’s family wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone. “He is getting fantastic care and we get to see him every day. Our family wants to thank everyone for their continued prayers, love and support.”