Somebody That I *Still* Know

February 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm (In So Many Words) (, , , , , , , , )

“Somebody That I Used To Know”
(feat. Kimbra)

[Gotye:]
Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad it was over

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and it feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

[Kimbra:]
Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I’d done
But I don’t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

[Gotye:]
But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and it feels so rough
And you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

[x2]
Somebody
(I used to know)
Somebody
(Now you’re just somebody that I used to know)

(I used to know)
(That I used to know)
(I used to know)
Somebody

This song has just recently blown up all over the Houston area.  I hear it on the radio often, I periodically go to You Tube and watch the music video.  It’s in my head, I can’t get it out, and I’m ok with that because it’s beautiful.

I played it for my sister and she said, “It’s so true, that’s how it is.”  All I could think was: How odd, I didn’t expect that reaction.  Until that moment, I had been completely in love with the song, and found it sad, but had never thought about the affect the lyrics might have on others.  Because, for me, it has never been that way.

I’ve taken the time to put the lyrics on my blog, and talk about this song, because it’s one of the few songs I’ve heard in a long time that has made me count my blessings.  I can hear that song and sing it loudly in the car and proudly and gratefully know that the only true ex-boyfriend I have, is still my friend, and so is his wife.  (I feel as though I can safely exclude those who I casually ‘dated’ from this post.)

I am thankful of my choices in life.  I only looked for relationships in people that I already called friend, so that when they ended or didn’t work out, it was all ok because we had a friendship to fall back on.  There was no disappearing into the abyss; or pretending like we didn’t care about each other, we respect each other too much to behave that way.  We were able to honestly admit to ourselves that we weren’t right for each other and that each one was in love with somebody else, and look where that got us! We are each happily married to our somebody else.

Having now thought about it in regards to other people, my empathy kicks in and Gotye now brings tears to my eyes.  But they aren’t my tears, they are tears for all the broken people.  My advice to the world? Think about this song before you haphazardly jump into dating relationships, because marriage is awesome, but dating really sucks.

If you haven’t seen it, watch the video, it’s beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY

Walk Off The Earth also does an amazing cover.

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