Jeff Nelson
November 18, 2016 03:04 PM

Shawn Mendes is back with a new track, and you might be needing “Stitches” — or at least tissues! — once you hear it.

PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the lyric video for “Three Empty Words.” The clip shares behind-the-scenes footage of Mendes’ world tour this summer, from him performing onstage to playful fan encounters.

On the track — off his more mature, acclaimed sophomore album Illuminate — Mendes, 18, ponders a relationship on the rocks, with lyrics like: “It might be easier to stay, but it won’t ever be the same / And if something doesn’t change, then we’ll keep on sinking further / We’re going through the motions ’cause we can’t fix what’s broken.”

Earlier this year, Mendes told PEOPLE the song came from a very real, autobiographical place.

“‘Three Empty Words’ is very true,” he says. “That’s what we do as songwriters and movie actors. It’s just dramatized real-life — that’s why it’s great; that’s why people love it. They’re all real things that go through my head.”

The lyric video was released in partnership with Paper Mate; he and the company previously teamed up this summer on the Spread Joy, Not Smears campaign, through which he encouraged fans to pen handwritten notes to one another and share them on social media to promote positivity and boost self-esteem.

Mendes will be on the road for his Illuminate World Tour into 2017, but he’ll have the day off Sunday, when he’ll swing by L.A. to perform “Three Empty Words” on Comcast’s Xfinity encore stage.

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