Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Tunes: Somebody That I Used To Know

Last week on Twitter the wonderful Khy posted a link to a song she had been listening to over and over again. I always like to hear what other people are listening to, so I clicked on her link...and I have NOT stopped listening to this song since.

What's awesome about this song to me is the addition of the female vocals. It takes what could have just been a generic woe is me breakup song and adds another element. He is upset about how she reacts to the breakup and we sympathize with him...until she comes back and throws his actions in his face. Then you see her side of the story and you can almost hear him become more defensive in return.

I think this is why I love the Glee version of Rolling in the Deep so much more than Adele's version. The male and female vocals make the song sound more like a challenge to each other than just a whine. And why I love novels written with dual narrator 1st person POV! I love hearing both sides of a story...it makes everything so much more complex.

Anyway, I'm truly in love with everything about this song (including this amazing video!), and I can't wait to put it on a thousand playlists.


(OMG, this is the best frame in the entire video. YouTube freeze frame FTW!)



Somebody That I Used To Know - 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 that 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 that feels so rough 
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 and then I think of all the times you screwed me over 
But had me believing it was always something that I'd done 
And 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...

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 that feels so rough 
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

I used to know 
That I used to know

Somebody... 

11 comments:

  1. No wonder you like it! I think it's great!

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  2. That's a very cool video, and isn't the male/female perspective fascinating? I'm also a big fan of getting both perspectives in a romance novel, it just gives the story so much more depth!

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  3. OMG! I love love love you Jessica! Never ever stop posting your Tuesday Tunes sweetie. This song is A-mazing. I'm rushing to download now. I'm also going to go to Khy's blog and see if she has any more hidden gems in her blog. Muah! Thank you my dear.

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  4. I. Love. This. Song! Now it's stuck in my head, too.
    I'd like to give you this Leibster Blog Award for your coolness!
    http://lastephens.blogspot.com/2011/08/good-enough-to-eat.html

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  5. Haha, this song has been No. 1 in Australia for like a month - Gotye lives about an hour away from my hometown! I'm so glad you're spreading the love, this song is so brilliant, right?

    Great song choice, Jessica :)

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  6. Great song. Just thought I'd say hi to a fellow campaign groupie.

    Kathi

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  7. It's always interesting looking at the difference between how men and women think and see the world. I love new songs--music is such a powerful thing!

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  8. I love the Glee version of Rolling In the Deep. And two perspectives are always more interesting than one, I think (though I've never written multiple POVs)

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  9. Beautiful and poignant. I listened over and over again, too.

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  10. This is a good song! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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  11. So late to seeing this, but yay! So glad you like it!

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