Lewis Capaldi came close to ditching "Someone You Loved" because he didn't think it was strong enough. The singer told the Daily Star
newspaper's Wired column that he wrote the melodies for it before deciding it wasn't any good, so he stopped working on the tune.
He added: "I kept revisiting it over the months and still thinking, 'this isn't good enough still,' and I was almost trashing the song every single time."
Capaldi was especially concerned that it was too similar lyrically to his other tracks. "I had written the breakup song so many times that I was like, 'I can't write about this again,'" he told Billboard
The breakthrough came when TMS encouraged Capaldi to write about loss more generally. He finally completed "Someone You Loved" about three weeks before the release of his November 2018 EP, Breach
, enabling him to include it on the tracklist.