"Somebody That I Used to Know" as written by and Steven P. Smith....
I had tender feelings that you made hard
But it's your heart not mine that's scarred
So when I go home I'll be happy to go
You're just somebody that I used to know

You don't need my help anymore
It's all now to you; there ain't no before
Now that you're big enough to run your own show
You're just somebody that I used to know

I watched you deal in a dying day
And throw a living past away
So you can be sure that you're in control
You're just somebody that I used to know

I know you don't think you did me wrong
And I can't stay this mad for long
Keepin' a hold of what you just let go
You're just somebody that I used to know

Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus, edited by sofiso

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  • +8
    General Commentpersonally, i think the phrase "you're just somebody that i used to know" is the greatest "f@#$ you and goodbye forever" type insult ever. it says so much with so little. like "you're nothing to me now". i think it's less "aww, it's too bad" and more "it's over and good riddance"
    onemoregetupkidon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA seemingly simple song, both lyrically and musically, but it packs a terrific punch. Elliott is, on the surface, giving the brush-off to the subject of the song, but his internal pain is evident. The line "you don't need my help any more" reminds me of Twain's quote that if you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you, and this is the principle difference between dog and man. So many times, we make a person prosperous, in an emotional sense, and that person moves on as soon as s/he feels better and stronger, and no longer has any need for that person who was so helpful. It doesn't feel very good. God, how I can relate to this song, right now--it precisely sums up my feelings about a recently deceased relationship.
    msleahon December 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can't put my finger on why, but this song has a Cat Stevens feel to it.
    HoldMyBoneson March 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful, i think everyone can relate to it too. it makes me sad in the way that i love.
    thegetupgirlyon May 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is disgustingly beautiful. When you listen to it and its guitar and his gorgeous voice it feels like some secret, somehow situations are put right within those two minutes, and then afterwards, you are left with a feeling of loss, but it's satisfying. At least that's how i feel. Plus, couplets have never seemed so tragic. i almost don't want to share it with anyone for fear that they would not understand and undermine its meaning to me. And i agree with "onemoregetupkid," that line is final, there is no indecision in this song.
    savemenightingaleon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song is telling the story of someone who has been there for someone through their times of trouble, but has been pushed away as soon as the person gets better, they stop talking to that person. it really gives me the feeling that whoever the song is meant to be portraying is left feeling used.
    i can really relate to this because i've been on both sides of that kind of thing, and it's not a good feeling either way.
    lustxforxlifeon November 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think everyone has someone in their life that is somebody they used to know and it is a beautiful song
    Dai101on August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*agrees with everything that's been said*
    gdson August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so perfect in every way. There's not more I can say. I think everyone can I identify with this in some way. I just rhymed.
    some124geton April 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song to be telling someone that all they are to you is somebody that you used to know
    smallthoughtson June 09, 2004   Link

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