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Somebody That I Used to Know Lyrics

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


  1. anonymous
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    Jun 19th 2012 report

    She was sucking another mans dick

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  2. anonymous
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    Jun 4th 2012 report

    Obviously GOTYE is mulling over a past relationship - the Female in the end is Not the ex girlfriend though, but in fact the NEW Girlfriend who is realizing that she is the REBOUND Relationship. nuff said...

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2012 report

    I see something slightly different. After their relationship is over (even though he claims to feel relief), he becomes obsessed with her to the point that he stalks her. This is what I think she means when she says "I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody..." etc. That "somebody" is her, and although she had initially stated they could still be friends, his stalker act made her need to have her friends collect the records and change her number.

  4. anonymous
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    May 29th 2012 report

    The reviewer on April 13th was dead-on. Anyone who says it is just about one guy and his one former lover is wrong. There is a THIRD PARTY in the song. In this song, Gotye obsesses over an old lover, not over Kimbra at first. Then after Kimbra says her peace about how Gotye did her wrong in their relationship by obsessing over a ex-lover, Kimbra actually becomes the new ex-lover and assumes position as the NEW focus of his obsession. Love this song.

  5. anonymous
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    May 27th 2012 report

    I think that they're talking about the future, rather than the past. They only make small references to what has happened and the lyrics are more current state- oriented, based on which you should make predictions for the future, rather than their past. I think the video supports this theory, seeing as he gets "painted" and she gets "cleaned", which could mean that no matter what he's saying, "I don't even need your love" etc. is just denial of a dark and depressive future while her getting cleaned could symbolize that even though right now she's sad and disappointed, she'll get better.

  6. anonymous
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    May 24th 2012 report

    I think the song means, that the guy was utterly in love with the girl, but she didn't feel the same..

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  7. anonymous
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    May 23rd 2012 report

    I think the "I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know" is what is happening right now. He sets it up as she is now just somebody that he used to know. But he feels bad with how it ended, wants to be friends, and is upset that she doesn't. I think it is about not knowing what you have until it's gone. He didn't care. They broke up. Now he cares. Now he is hung up on somebody that he used to know.

  8. anonymous
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    May 19th 2012 report

    I think Gotye is saying that he's sad that Kimbra broke up with him, he hates being isolated and acting as if they were never together, and is depressed because Kimbra wants nothing to do with him.
    Kimbra is frustrated that he STILL doesn't realize what he was doing wrong in the relationship, even after they've broken up. Gotye is acting as if Kimbra broke up with him out of thin air, and she's saying that there was feelings behind what she's been doing to him.
    I think the whole "hung up on somebody that you used to know" line isn't about Gotye cheating, it's about him being hung up on HER. When Kimbra's still moved on, Gotye still thinks there's a chance (and might even be stalking her, which is why she's changed her number, took her records, etc.).

  9. anonymous
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    May 12th 2012 report

    He cheated on "Kimbra". He was in a relationship with a Kimbra and then had an affair - their relationship is now rocky.

    In the beginning he is singing about the affair he had. It was so magical in the beginning but then it ended because he reconciled with his girlfriend.

    He wants it all - he's hurt his affair cut him off and pretended it never happened.

    In the Kimbra verse we hear the girlfriend's version of the tale...She's sick of his cheating ways and him being hung up on his affair...She cuts him off and he becomes someone she used to know...

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 28th 2012 report

    He is still hung up on his last relationship. Kimbre was the "rebound." He enjoyed playing house but issues of the ex would resurface. Kimbre waited and ask for him to see her and love her and at one time asked if he could leave his past in the past. He agreed he could. As time went on no progress was made,he had baggage too great for a relationship. She left him. She was so turned off by him she sent friends to his place to get her things. He may have called a few times... Maybe for sex(you said we could be friends) maybe sweet talk her. Tired of his antis she changes her number.
    In The video they are both painted in a complxed design. Then as she leaves... Returning back to her painted area,her paint comes off signifying she was involved with his chaos and mixed feelings. She left him to sort out his crazy emotions. He was left to figure things out. She moved on clean to a new relationship,unlike him she didn't bring the baggage of her relationship into the new one like he did. She knew how it felt.

  11. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2012 report

    he ended a relationship with a girl, saying she was caught up by someone she used to no.. that he remembers that relationship, and how he misses it, but glad it is over, thats y he is naked at the begining, then as it goes on, the backround become drawn, showing he started moving on, becomes painted into a picture of their relationship, the dif shapes are parts of them that are hurt or broken, he is fully now painted and shen she comes in, not all the way painted with her verses, saying she tired of being blamed for her, that he wouldt be caught up with someone he used to no, she then ends the relationship the same way he did in the past one. now he knows the pain. she beomes unpainted, while he remain. its a vicious circle, he did it to his ex she did it to him and the next guy will do it to her and he will the next girl etc....

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2012 report

    I think he ruined the person she was. She acts like it didn't mean anything because she had to make herself into something new. The old was unrepairable.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2012 report

    i think that the song is about is about two relationships. Gotye broke up with a girl because they weren't happy "But felt so lonely in your company" and is now with a new girl (the female signer).
    she however feels that he still has feelings for his ex "You said that you could let it go
    And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know" i think she is talking about another woman who he is "hung up on" and can't let go because of the unfinished business, the fact she is acting like it never happened angers him and keeps feelings there which he doesn't want to admit and is trying to reassure the break up was right "I guess that I don't need that though"

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2012 report

    I think he wouldn't admit to himself or to her that he loved her as much as she loved him. He acted the martyr in the relationship. He stayed with her, not because of any deep feelings on his part, but only out of pity because of her feelings for him. He took her for granted and was emotionally abusive to her. He told her that if they broke up, he would move on and wouldn't be hung up on her. In fact she would just become somebody that he used to know.

    Despite the emotional abuse she loved him and tried to get past the walls he put up and make the relationship work. Working on the relationship was all one sided on her part so he could blame her for everything that was wrong with him or went wrong in the relationship. He probably felt that she either didn't love him enough or love him the right way. I think eventually she gave up and she told him that it was done but they would still be friends. He being an egomaniac and in denial, pretended that it was not her decision but a mutual decision. He was relieved that he didn't have to pretend anymore.

    Because he had such a hold over her before, now that she's away from him, she's doesn't want to have anything to do with him anymore. In his head he's telling himself that he doesn't need her and never did. The reality is, now that she's gone and taken her love with her, he's hurting bad. For someone whose company he felt lonely in, why would he want to stay friends with her? Because he is still and always was in love with her. Even though he tells himself that it doesn't matter, he's deeply upset that he doesn't get the chance to see her because she's sending friends to pick up her belongings. Also, now that that she changed her number, he doesn't know how to contact. He never admits to his feelings for her or his bad treatment of her. Now that he's become somebody that she used to know, it's killing him.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2012 report

    Ok, I love this song because I fully have cut some guy off before. I can just hear that loser singing this and being like, "oh this is so true." Shut up. Nobody thinks to ask what Gotye has done to be cut off! Maybe he deserved it. Why the hell would she have to change her phone number? Obviously he can't understand that "screwing" someone over, like Kimbra says, is grounds for cutting him out. He deserves to not exist perhaps.
    :) ANYWAY. I still love love love this song.

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