Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
Lewis Capaldi’s debut studio album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ is getting an extended version. The new album version is said to have three additional tracks more than the 12 tracks on the standard edition. Before the extended edition drops in a couple of days, Lewis Capaldi released a brand new single “Before You Go.” Let us take an inside look at the meaning of this new song.
Lewis Capaldi’s debut studio album ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ released on May 17, 2019, and produced some hit tracks such as “Someone You Loved,” “Bruises,” “Hold Me While You Wait” and more. However, the new album has three more tracks namely; “Before You Go,” “Leaving My Love Behind” and “Let It Roll.” The former track was released on November 19, 2019.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, Lewis Capaldi explained the meaning of these lyrics; “It’s about suicide. Not necessarily the act of it, but, like, after it happens, the aftermath of it. And people kind of blaming themselves or starting to think, you know, “What could I have done to help that person?” or whatever. When I was five or six, my aunt committed suicide and I just remember recently speaking to my mom about her feelings. About going through that sort of rigmarole in your head of like, you know, “What could I have done here? Could I have done anything?”
Listen to the track below.
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As Lewis explained in the above interview, “Before You Go,” is a song about all the things Lewis could have said and done to his friend who is no longer with them now. In the first verse, Lewis admits that he is at fault for not paying much attention to his friend. Maybe ‘adulthood’ happened to both of them and they got busy with life. Lewis starts to think about all the fond memories he had with this special friend. But now these memories are getting replaced with more gruesome thoughts and guilt.
In the pre-chorus, Lewis thinks to himself that this departure is going to hurt him a lot. It is the same way his friend was hurting on the inside before he took his life.
In the chorus of “Before You Go,” Lewis throws out questions at the sky. He wonders if there was anything he could have said that could have prevented this tragedy. He wonders if his words could have healed his friends wounded soul. Lewis has not let his friend go out of his heart yet. Hence, the song title “before you go,” even though the friend is already dead.
Lewis also blames his friend’s actions on his mind. Taking your own life is a seriously tough call to make and even tougher call to execute. So someone has to develop a very strong mindset to commit suicide. Lewis Capaldi blames himself that he was not there for his friend to help him build a strong mind towards recovery.
The second verse of the song is also a highlight reel of what and where things could have gone wrong in the relationship with his friend. Lewis regrets that he did not have time to talk with his friend. When he called Lewis was busy and vice versa. This continued until they lost touch altogether. Now that his friend is becoming a permanent scar on his memory, Lewis cannot stop but think about him. It must be torture.
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Check out the complete lyrics and further meaning breakdown below.