Lewis Capaldi explains why he changed one of Ed Sheeran’s lyrics on his upcoming album

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25 Oct 2022, 13:00

(L-R) Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran

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Lewis Capaldi has revealed the one lyric he requested writing partner Ed Sheeran change when it came to putting together his upcoming album. 

The Scottish singer-songwriter worked with the Bad Habits hitmaker for his second record, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, which is due out in May 2023.

According to Lewis, the talented duo were on the same page until it came to singing one line in particular mentioned in new ballad, Pointless. 

The Someone You Loved artist explained how Ed suggested the lyrics: “She gives me more than everything/I’ll give her my last name.”

On what made him turn down the idea, Lewis told the BBC: “I was like, ‘Ed, this is 2022. No-one has to take anyone’s second name. I’m not singing that!

"I don’t even think that Ed’s own wife has got his last name,” he added. 

In the same chat, Lewis also shared he was initially worried about writing with long-time pal Ed, but ended up being happy to leave his name in the writing credits.

He explained: “I actually mentioned that to him and he offered to take up a pseudonym, but at the end of the day, he did help write it so there should be no question."

Speaking of Lewis’ sophomore album, the chart-topper recently admitted he’s not feeling the need to “reinvent himself” in a bid to be more popular

In a new interview with The Guardian, the Scottish singer said that, when making his new album, he was feeling pressure. “I absolutely feel it,” he explained. 

However, Lewis did cut himself some slack, saying: “All you can do in this situation is write the best songs you can and kind of remember this is supposed to be fun.”

When telling The Guardian about the content of his new record, he explained: “I don’t have this sort of artistic desire to go off and reinvent myself. Not at all. I feel like the same person, so why would I be searching for something new?”

He continued: “I was very conscious about not writing an album about being famous, being successful. No one wants to hear: ‘Oh, I’m famous and my life’s s*** and I’m crying in my big house.’ I don’t want to inflict that on people, especially now.”

Before Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent lands, Lewis will embark on a huge arena tour early next year.

Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent is out on 19th May 2023.