"The Only Thing I Know" as written by and Walter Andre De Backer....
I'm living with your memory
In the attic in my mind
And you've been getting by without me
But I've been spending all my time
With a girl that I remember
Who'll never leave or need to grow
'cause when you left you left your memory
Now it's the only thing I know

When the past gives me no comfort
And though the future is the cost
The way I'm choosing to remember
I'll forever be the man I never was

And you, you fade
But the memory remains the same
And I, I can't change
And I think that living with your memory
Is slowly driving me insane

You are perfect but you're empty
And it gets so lonely in my mind
'cause your image in my memory's
The only shred of you that's left behind
You were real but then you left me
And that's the part I can't accept
So I'll keep on living with your memory
Because it's all that I've got left

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"The Only Thing I Know" as written by Walter Andre De Backer

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    General CommentAll I can say is, Wow! This is such a great song, one of Gotye's best. There is a background sound that sounds similar to another old song I have heard before, but it works better with this great song.
    Scoot89on November 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, like the way they play with the voice in the background.
    osmosison March 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the best times of The Cure and Depeche Mode, I don't know exactly why.
    I love it, Gotye is such a great artist and all his music is awesome.
    alexpimientaon June 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant. I get so involved and enwrapped in the music of this song. *sigh* Beautifully composed. Needs to be more well known!
    60_miles_an_houron April 21, 2012   Link

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