Lewis Capaldi has stated that he does not want to work with Ed Sheeran, at least not as the first track to signal his return.
He went on to say that Sheeran pitched him some lyrics for a song he was supposed to sing, but he couldn’t accept them.
The “Forget Me” hitmaker is getting ready to release “Pointless,” a song he co-wrote with the “Bad Habits” singer.
While he was pleased with the song, he did not want a specific label associated with it if it was the first track from his upcoming album.
He stated to Music Week:
“I think he’s the best British songwriter of the last 20 years, but I had reservations about putting out a Sheeran co-write as the first song because it would be portrayed as ‘Ed Sheeran wrote my first single back’ and I didn’t want that to be the takeaway.”
He claimed Sheeran understood exactly what he meant. Lewis has explained how the song came together and is expected to be released as a single soon.
He elaborated by saying:
“I went into the studio with Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac and at the end of the first day they said, ‘We wrote this verse with Ed, but we couldn’t think of a chorus to save our lives, do you want to have a look?’ So he listened to it, interpreted the chorus and middle eight, and the song came together nicely.”
Lewis previously stated that he changed the song’s lyrics, which will be included on his upcoming second studio album ‘Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent,’ because he thought they were out of date.
Sheeran reportedly suggested the following lyric:
“She gives me more than everything, I’ll give her my last name.”
However, the Scottish singer felt it was inappropriate to sing about a woman receiving the surname of the man she will marry as if women are waiting to be bestowed with such a gift. She stated that it is incorrect to assume that when a woman marries, she will automatically change her surname to her husband’s surname.
They took it out because he couldn’t stand the presumption. He even explained why to Sheeran. He said:
“I was like, ‘Ed, this is 2022. No-one has to take anyone’s second name. I’m not singing that!'”
He also stated that he does not believe Ed’s wife knows his surname.