Music Therapy: Somebody That I Used to Know

Friday Puppy!

Now time for some sweet tunes.

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

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 now we’re 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 your just somebody that I used to know,
Now your just somebody that I used to know,
Now your 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 now 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,
Somebody,
I used to know,
Somebody,
Now your just somebody that I used to know,
Somebody,
I used to know,
Somebody,
Now your just somebody that I used to know,

I used to know
That I used to know

Somebody

I’m completely obsessed with this song. I just play it on repeat on Spotify (if you don’t have Spotify yet, get it! It’s amazing.) and it’s got this sweet, haunting sound about it that goes along with the lyrics. I could go into what I think this song means to me, but I think for this song, I want to know what this song means to you, how it resonates with you, or does it make you think of a specific time in your life?

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.



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Posted on by Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA Posted in Mind, Music Therapy
Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

About Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a mental health counselor newly residing in Seattle, Washington. I strongly believe in the mind-body connection as the cornerstone of my professional ideology, along with the healing possibilities of puppies, a good glass of red wine, the smell of a new book, and the importance of travel.

  • http://www.YogaHealthForLife.com Michelle @ YogaHealthForLife

    I too am obsessed with this song. And my girl crush on Kimbra is unparalleled. I’ve gone all literary major on the lyrics of this song in emails with friends. I could write 10 essays on the symbolism in these lyrics. It’s that profound to me, LOL! The story that is told fascinates me, and the fact that the female voice only has four unique lines to share her side of the story is so intriguing to me.

    • Jen!

      I never thought about the female voice as being independent of the story to tell the opposing side! That makes so much more sense. I have a newfound appreciate for this song. Thanks, Michelle!

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