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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Somebody That I Used to Know" isn't a mature single in terms of profanity, sex, substance use, or violence (none of which it has, aside from one crude line about getting "screwed over"). That said, it contains some emotionally complex lyrics about a mismatched couple who go through a painful breakup. For example: "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 it was over." Parents of younger kids may find themselves interpreting the meaning of some lyrics.
What's the story?
\"SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW\" is the smash single from Gotye (pronounced \"Go-tee-yay\"), a singer-songwriter born in Belgium and raised in Australia. The largely clean song (aside from one mention of getting \"screwed over\") is a male-female duet between Gotye and the singer Kimbra, with the two alternately expressing melancholy feelings about realizing they aren't right for each other.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how relationships may occasionally end because two good people simply aren't right for each other. Do breakups always have to be bitter?
How would you describe the sound of this song? How is different from other songs you hear on the radio?
Are you surprised by this song's popularity? What makes it stand out?
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