Before You Go (Lewis Capaldi song)

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"Before You Go"
Lewis Capaldi - Before You Go.png
Single by Lewis Capaldi
from the album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (extended edition)
Released19 November 2019 (2019-11-19)
Genre
Length3:36
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)TMS
Lewis Capaldi singles chronology
"Hold Me While You Wait"
(2019)
"Before You Go"
(2019)
Music video
"Before You Go" on YouTube

"Before You Go" is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, released as a single from the extended edition of his debut studio album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent on 19 November 2019. The song was made available upon pre-order of the extended edition.[1] The song was sent to US radio stations on 6 January 2020 as his second US single. It reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart in November 2019 and on the UK Singles Chart in January 2020, becoming Capaldi's second chart-topper in the UK and third in Ireland.

Background and composition

Capaldi revealed in a social media post that the song was "by far the most personal tune" he had ever written.[2] According to Idolator, the song "deals with the emotional aftermath of suicide", and was inspired by the suicide of Capaldi's aunt while Capaldi was a child.[3]

Critical reception

Clash Music's Robin Murray called the track "trademark Capaldi", further describing it as "a rousing piece of acoustic songwriting with a driving vocal".[4]

Music video

Released on 24 January 2020 and directed by Kyle Thrash, the video is of happy moments recalled by a group of friends as they pay tribute to a young woman (Sasha Lane), whose suicide has shocked them.[5]

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.[6]

  • Lewis Capaldi – songwriting, vocals
  • Ben Kohn – songwriting, production, bass guitar
  • Pete Kelleher – songwriting, production, keyboards
  • Tom Bames – songwriting, production, drums
  • Phil Plested – songwriting, background vocals
  • Vern Asbury – guitar
  • Rory Dewar – Art Design
  • Robert Vosgien – master engineering
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Chris Bishop – vocal engineering

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[76] 5× Platinum 350,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[77] 2× Platinum 80,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[78] 5× Platinum 400,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[79] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
France (SNEP)[80] Gold 100,000double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[81] Gold 200,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[82] 2× Platinum 140,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[83] 2× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[84] 3× Platinum 150,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[85] 2× Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[86] Platinum 40,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[87] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[88] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger
Streaming
Greece (IFPI Greece)[89] Gold 1,000,000dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
dagger Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Various 19 November 2019 [1]
United Kingdom 22 November 2019 Contemporary hit radio [90]
7 December 2019 Adult contemporary radio [91]
Italy 13 December 2019 Contemporary hit radio Universal [92]
United States 6 January 2020 Adult contemporary radio Capitol [93]
7 January 2020 Contemporary hit radio [94]

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