Friday, November 9, 2012

Somebody that I Used to Know

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     By dictionary definition, a cover is “something that covers or is laid, placed, or spread over or upon something else”. Regarding music, a cover version or cover song is a new performance or recording of a previously commercially released song, the “authentic” version.

     A cover version can have a radically different style, be recorded in another language or even be a “mere” instrumental version of the original.

     One of the latest and most popular songs which has been covered to the maximum is the theme “Somebody I Used to Know” by the Belgian-Australian musician Gotye featuring the New Zealand singer Kimbra. The album, “Making Mirrors” was released in Australia in August 2011, however the song became really popular in Spain during the first half or this year 2012.



     If you’re not yet sick of listening to the tune all over the radio, here are some of its cover versions you can find on Youtube. From “a capella” songs to machine produced melodies. Enjoy!

Five-people-played guitar:

Old school computer remix:

GLEE version:

A capella version:


     Finally, here you have the original version of the song, for those who didn't hear it as a consequence of having been abducted by aliens over the last months:


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. 
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 thought, 
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. 

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. 
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 thought, 
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. 

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2 comments:

  1. Great song and great covers! The old school machine version is amazing. Thanks Raquel

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  2. Hello, teacher. I don't like this song, but thanks for the different things that you publish.

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