This song finds the Script addressing the death of vocalist Danny O'Donoghue's father and both of Mark Sheehan's parents. O'Donoghue's late father Shay, also a musician, died unexpectedly of a stomach aneurysm shortly after The Script formed in 2008, four months after Sheehan lost his mother. The guitarist's dad passed away when he was aged just 14. "That song is all about two grown men sitting down and dealing with things," O'Donoghue told The Daily Mail: "With that song, Mark and I left the realm of songwriters and began to bare our souls. It's not a look-at-me song. It's us wondering what our parents would think of us now. They'd probably tell me I drink and smoke too much, but I think they'd also be proud."
Sheehan told The Sun about the writing of the song: "We're quite happy lads in real life but we just vent everything in our music," he said. "We wear our hearts on our sleeves and put everything into our music."
"'If You Could See Me Now' is the first time we've rinsed ourselves that deeply," he continued. "There's been a lot bottled up and we felt there was a hole in the album and we weren't being honest enough until this song. We really hit the whiskies one night, that was the catalyst. We were very emotional and wrote a song about this — Danny one end of the room, me at another. It was a tough one to write and I didn't want anyone to listen to it at first, if I'm honest. But that's what we're in music for — that honest emotion. I'm so proud of that song."
O'Donoghue told The Independent how the pair went to opposite sides of the room they were in and started writing alternate verses: "It was an incredibly hard song to write," he said. "As soon as I started writing the lyrics, I started crying. We're men, we're 30 years old, and there's not a lot of people out there that would be open enough to say it in the same way as The Script. That song was more important for Mark than it was for me because I'm very open about my emotions, but he's not at all, so to hear him sum up in one verse what I've been waiting for him to say to me was an incredible moment. That really is the power of music."