Somebody That I Used To Know

by Gotye - chords & lyrics

Song Details

Gotye

Words & Music: Wally de Backer (Gotye)
Album: Making Mirrors
Recorded: May, 2011
Released: July 5th 2011
Genre: Indie pop, indie rock, world-beat

Music: Key of D Minor in 4/4 time at approx. 129 bpm with chords: Dm, C, Bb
  • C: x32010
  • Bb: x13331 (B)
  • Dm: xx0231
  • Bb: xx3331
Chords with Capo on 5: Am, G, F
  • G: 320003
  • F: 133211 (B)
  • Am: x02210
  • F: xx3211
Gotye

Born: Wouter Andre De Backer on the 21st May 1980 in Bruges, Belgium

Occupation: Musician, singer-songwriter

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizer

Active Years: 2001 – present

Music Styles: Indie rock, alternative rock, indie pop, trip hop

Wikipedia: Gotye

Official Website: gotye.com


Charts - Tips

Capo: 5th fret if playing with video

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye

Intro: 4/4 
          ||:   Am  -  G   :||   x 10               

 Am    -    G               Am  -   G      Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |
1. Now and then I think of when we were to-ge-ther
 Am       -       G               Am  -   G        Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |
   Like when you said you felt so hap-py you could die
 Am    -    G                  Am   -   G
   Told my-self that you were right for me
 Am      -      G              Am  -  G
   But felt so lone-ly in your com-pa-ny
 Am      -       G                Am  -   G      Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |
   But that was love and it's an ache I still re-mem-ber

Instr: ||:  Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  :||  

   Am      -       G           Am   -    G      Am  -   G  |  Am  -  G  |
2. You can get ad-dic-ted to a cer-tain kind of sad-ness
 Am     -      G              Am  -  G           Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |
   Like re-sig-na-tion to the end___ Al-ways the end
 Am      -      G                 Am    -    G
   So when we found that we could not make sense
 Am     -    G                  Am    -    G
   Well you said that we would still be friends
 Am      -      G              Am   -   G      Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |
   But I'll ad-mit that I was glad that it was o-ver

      Am    -    G               F  -   G  
Chorus: But you did-n't have to cut me off
      Am     -    G              F        -        G           Am  -
        Make out like it ne-ver hap-pened and that we were no-thing
            G             F    -    G    
        And I don't even need your love
          Am      -       G                  F   -    G  
        Treat me like a stran-ger and that feels so rough
      Am       -      G                F   -   G  
        You know you did-n't have to stoop so low
      Am      -      G                  F         -         G         Am  - 
        Have your friends col-lect your re-cords and then change your num-ber
            G                 F     -    G    
        I guess that I don't need that though
        Am          -        G             F   -   G   | Am  -  G  | Am  -  G  |
        Now you're just some-bo-dy that I used to know...
        Am          -        G             F   -   G   | Am  -  G  | Am  -  G  |
        Now you're just some-bo-dy that I used to know...
        Am          -        G             F   -   G   
        Now you're just some-bo-dy that I used to know...

Instr: ||:  Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  |  Am  -  G  :||  

 Am    -    G              Am        -          G       Am  -   G  | Am  -  G  |
3. Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me o-ver
   Am      -      G              Am        -         G        Am  -  G  | Am  -  G  |
   But had me be-liev-ing it was al-ways some-thing that I'd done
  G  
   And I don't wan-na live that way

   Read-ing into ev'-ry word you say

   You said that you could let it go 
                                             Pause                      Am
   And I would-n't catch you hung up on some-bo-dy that you used to know 

      Am    -    G               F  -   G 
Chorus: But you did-n't have to cut me off
      Am     -    G              F        -        G           Am  - 
        Make out like it ne-ver hap-pened and that we were no-thing
            G             F    -    G    
        And I don't even need your love
          Am      -       G                  F   -    G
        Treat me like a stran-ger and that feels so rough
      Am       -      G                F   -   G 
        You know you did-n't have to stoop so low
      Am      -      G                  F         -         G         Am  -
        Have your friends col-lect your re-cords and then change your num-ber
            G                 F     -    G 
        I guess that I don't need that though
        Am          -        G             F   -   G
        Now you're just some-bo-dy that I used to know
             Am  -  G     F   -   G 
        Some-bo-dy___ (I used to know)
        Am          -        G             F   -   G
        Now you're just some-bo-dy that I used to know
             Am  -  G     F   -   G   
        Some-bo-dy___ (I used to know)
        Am          -        G             F   -   G
        Now you're just some-bo-dy that I used to know

        | Am  -  G  | F  -   G  | Am  -  G  |     F   -   G  |
                  (I used to know)___    (That I used to know) 
                                                                Pause
        | Am  -  G  | F  -   G  |          Am  -  G  | F  /  G  Am  |
                  (I used to know)___ Some-bo-dy...

A Minor & D Minor

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's - Barre notes with first finger
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chords 
                     Chord Tabs in A Minor
           Am                 G                 F             F (barre) 
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |---|---|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

                          Chord Tabs in D Minor
           Dm                 C                Bb
    e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|-----|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-3-|
    G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-3-|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-3-|
    A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|-----|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-----|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3


Left-Handed Chords  
                          Chord Tabs in A Minor

          Am                 G                 F             F (barre)
    |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-3-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-3-|---|---| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
            
                           Chord Tabs in D Minor

         Dm                 C                Bb
    |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |-----|---|-1-| e
    |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-4-|---|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |-3-3-|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-3-2-|---|-1-| D
   x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |-----|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|-----|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy
  • Song Key: D minor (Relative minor of F Major ) - 1 Flat (B♭)
  • 4/4 Time: This means there are 4 quarter-note (crotchet) beats per bar. The count is |1 2 3 4|. You can also count it as | 1& 2& 3& 4& |
  • This version is played in the key of A minor with a Capo on the 5th fret. To the ear, the song is still in the key of Dm.
  • The capo is used cleverly in this song, and you don't have to use barre chords which can sometimes sound muffled if not played cleanly.
  • A hyphen between two chords in a bar means the timing count of the bar is split evenly between the 2 chords, e.g., | Am - G | means 2 beats on Am and 2 beats on G.
  • If you count each bar as 1 2 3 4... pluck the bass notes on the 1 and 3 , and pluck the rest of the chord notes on the 2 and 4, e.g., | Am - G | will be played /A - Am - /G - G
  • /A or A Bass note is on the 5th string played open, while /G or G bass is played on the 6th string, 3rd fret (after capo), which is part of the G chord anyway.
  • Just use your thumb to pluck the bass note, with each of your remaining 4 fingers plucking each one of the top 4 strings.
  • If you decide to play the Dm version, replace; Am with Dm, G with C, and F with B♭.
  • Verses 1 & 2 are just a repetition of |Am - G |with 2 beats per chord
  • Verse 3 is the same, except on the 3rd line you continue to play G (you can see this on the video), until you reach the Pause/Fermata symbol Fermata and then stop. Continue playing again when you reach the chorus.
  • On the last bar | F / G Am |... this means 2 beats on the F, 1 beat on the G, and 1 beat on the Am which finishes the song.
  • This adaptation is extremely clever. Five people crouched around a guitar all playing a particular role. The sound is first-class, and the delivery, effective. The guy with the hat on the far right is very cool... love what he does at the head of the guitar before the nut... who would have thought!
  • An excellent production. Well done Gotye.

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