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Sunday Samples 271 (three days late)

April 11, 2012

One song that’s been getting pretty heavy rotation in the pre-show audio at the Landmark theaters is “Somebody That I Used to Know”, by Gotye. Given that the name is pronounced like “Gauthier”, it’s no surprise that he makes mildly pretentious, whiny-white-guy music. Nota bene: this is not necessarily a bad thing; I like a fair amount of whiny-white-guy music and I can be somewhat pretentious myself.

But what sets this apart from superficially similar whiny-white-guy breakup songs is the supporting vocal by Kimbra. The bitter, dejected boy is redressed by the girl, who has been wronged as much as he has. It’s sort of an irony that the song seems to have been adopted by a lot of guys living out the boy’s part with no idea that it’s actually undercutting their self-absorbed position.

[Gotye]
Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
I 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 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 that 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 that 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

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

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