Written by Pete Remm, who co-produced the song with Jones, “I’ll Be Gone” is a slow and steady soul tune with a gospel edge befitting the song’s lyrics, which convey a potent mixture of grief, perseverance, struggle and absolution. “There’s a place far from here,” Jones and Staples sing together, “Gonna make it my home/It’s where I belong/When I get where I’m going, I’ll be gone/I’ll be gone.”
“The first time I met Mavis she held my hand and we sang side-by-side to honor Paul McCartney,” Jones said in a statement. “She is a beacon of love and light. It is always an honor, a pleasure, and a dream come true to sing with her. I hope we get to do more of it.”
Jones and Staples have performed live together on numerous occasions, including a rendition of “You are Not Alone” at Staples’ blockbuster 80th birthday concert in May. But “I’ll Be Gone” marks the first track the pair of recorded in the studio.