Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go” Lyrics Meaning

The lyrics of Lewis Capaldi’s “Before You Go” find him addressing some type of close associate. The nature of their relationship is never specified.  However, it has clearly fallen apart, as in the addressee deciding to separate him or herself from the singer. And basically, the sentiment expressed throughout is one in which the vocalist regrets not being more in tune with what this person was going through before he/she made this decision. 

Or another way of looking at it is that he is personally taking the blame for this individual leaving. 

A Song about Suicide

Sadly, Lewis Capaldi has revealed that the subject matter of this song is in fact suicide. Therefore the sentiments he is relaying are from the perspective of a loved one that a victim of suicide has left behind. And the loss of this individual is proving to be especially painful, as the singer apparently perceives that he had an opportunity to prevent this from occurring but failed to do so. 

So the title is based on him questioning this individual in that regard, as in if there was ‘something he could have said’ in the past to make him/her feel better and thus deter this person from taking his own life. But of course if the addressee is indeed passed away, then this question would be theoretically in nature, as in one the singer is asking himself in hindsight.

Lyrics of "Before You Go"

Facts about “Before You Go”

Lewis has insinuated in a tweet that this song is somehow related to his recent phenomenal success and the fact that he really enjoyed the year 2019.

He wrote this song along with Tom Barnes, Pete Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Plested.

And “Before You Go” was produced by the British musical trio known as TMS.

Lewis’ team released this track on 19 November 2019. It is part of the Extended Edition of Lewis Capaldi’s maiden album, “Divinely Inspired to a Hellish Extent”.

Lewis has revealed that this song is “about suicide”. More specifically, his own aunt had taken her own life when he was a small child. And it is only recently, as an adult, that he had the wherewithal to talk to his mom (i.e. his aunt’s sister) about her feelings in the matter. And this track is the result of that conversation.

Was “Before You Go” released as a single?

Yes. It was issued as a single to support the extended version of Lewis’ “Divinely Inspired to a Hellish Extent” album.

Other notable tracks from the aforementioned project include the following:

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