Shawn Mendes appears to address split with Camila Cabello in catchy new song When You’re Gone

It appears as though Shawn Mendes is working through his emotions in his latest single following his breakup with Camila Cabello.

On Thursday, the singer-songwriter released When You’re Gone, along with an accompanying music video, and from the sounds of lyrics the pop star may be having second thoughts about their split, which happened this past November.

While the song sounds like a classic ballad in the opening and first verse, it quickly morphs into more of a pop anthem by the second half of the first chorus.

Reading into lyrics: After starting soft, the new single morphs into a pop anthem by the second half of the first chorus

Confessional: Shawn Mendes sounds like he’s addressing his split with ex-ladylove Camila Cabello in his new single When You’re Gone, which dropped on Thursday, March 31

With songwriting credits to Mendes, Jonah Shy and Scott Harris, When You’re Gone initially sound soft and mournful. But then the lyrics quickly paint a picture of someone who’s struggling to let go.

‘You never know how good you have it, oh / Until you’re starin’ at a picture of the only girl that matters, aah,’ he sings in verse one.

After starting with just soft guitar picking and Mendes’ signature vocals, the feel and dynamics begin to step up in the pre-chorus, as he confesses about how it’s been ‘hard to let go of you’, all while yearning to want to ‘hold on.’

When You're Gone initially sound soft and mournful, but the lyrics quickly paint a picture of someone who's struggling to let go;  the former couple are seen in September 2021

When You’re Gone initially sound soft and mournful, but the lyrics quickly paint a picture of someone who’s struggling to let go; the former couple are seen in September 2021

Transitioning from the pre-chorus to the chorus, the drums kick in, and Mendes sings of someone who’s desperately trying to ‘hold on’ to their relationship.

‘It’s hard for me to let go of you / So I’m trying to hold on, hold on / I don’t wanna know what it’s like when you’re gone / I don’t wanna move on / I don’t wanna know what it’s like when you’re gone for good.’

By this point in the chorus the dynamics step up another notch, all while Mendes admits he’s losing his lover despite his best efforts.

‘You’re slipping through my fingertips / A little bit, by a little bit / I didn’t know that loving you was the happiest I’ve ever been / So I’m just tryna hold on.’

Emotional: 'It's hard for me to let go of you / So I'm trying to hold on, hold on / I don't wanna know what it's like when you're gone / I don't wanna move on / I don 't wanna know what it's like when you're gone for good,' Mendes sings in the chorus;  the former couple are seen in September 2021

Emotional: ‘It’s hard for me to let go of you / So I’m trying to hold on, hold on / I don’t wanna know what it’s like when you’re gone / I don’t wanna move on / I don ‘t wanna know what it’s like when you’re gone for good,’ Mendes sings in the chorus; the former couple are seen in September 2021

Verse two continues on with a more upbeat tempo and feel, while the lyrics sound like they’re coming from someone who has realized the end of a romance.

‘I need to learn how to cope without you / I’m tryna protect myself but only you know how to, yeah,’ he sings, before confessing he knows ‘what we’re supposed to do’ and that ‘I hate the thought of losing you.’

The song then transitions with far more power into the second chorus with the same confessional: ‘I don’t wanna know what it’s like when you’rе gone.’

He breaks all the momentum down in the bridge, opting for a softer and more sparse delivery.

‘Starting to feel like you don’t need me / Wanna believe it’s all for the better,’ Mendes admits, adding, ‘It’s gettin’ real, I’m missing you deeply / So I’m just tryna hold on / Starting to feel like you don’t need me / Wanna believe it’s all for the better / It’s gettin’ real, missing you deeply / So I’m just tryna hold on.’

The music video of When You're Gone starts with a black-and-white resolution and shows Mendes recording the song in a studio

The music video of When You’re Gone starts with a black-and-white resolution and shows Mendes recording the song in a studio

Soft: The music video has plenty of concert footage

Anthemic: Huge crowds of fans can be seen once the video changes to color

Transition: After starting with a black-and-white resolution, the music video bursts into color in the second chorus when it becomes more of a sing-along anthem

Premiere: Mendes, 23, debuted When You're Gone during his South by Southwest performance in Austin, Texas on March 19

Premiere: Mendes, 23, debuted When You’re Gone during his South by Southwest performance in Austin, Texas on March 19

The music video for When You’re Gone starts with a black-and-white resolution and shows Mendes recording the song in a studio and meeting up with fans.

As the song shifts from his emotional vocals, it bursts into full color just when it becomes more of a sing-along anthem.

While it hasn’t been confirmed that the song is autobiographical, its release does come about four months after Mendes and Cabello announced their split.

Mendes, 23, debuted When You’re Gone during his South by Southwest performance in Austin, Texas on March 19.

The single comes on the heels of his emotional ballad I’ll Be Okay, his first release since their split, which centered around coping with a pain of the past.

Earlier this month, Cabello appeared to address their split in her newest single, Bam Bam.

Personal or storytelling: While it hasn't been confirmed that the song is autobiographical, the song's release does come about four months after Mendes and Cabello announced their split

Personal or storytelling: While it hasn’t been confirmed that the song is autobiographical, the song’s release does come about four months after Mendes and Cabello announced their split

Release though music: The single comes on the heels of his emotional ballad I'll Be Okay, his first release since their split, which centered around coping with a pain of the past

Release though music: The single comes on the heels of his emotional ballad I’ll Be Okay, his first release since their split, which centered around coping with a pain of the past

The end: Mendes and Cabello announced their split in November 2021

The end: Mendes and Cabello announced their split in November 2021

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