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Somebody That I Used To Know



Check out my blog article with tips on how to incorporate this song's xylophone and lead guitar parts into a solo guitar performance.


Want to see this chart in action? Here's Rob performing "Somebody That I Used To Know" with students.


Capo 5

Every chord gets two beats unless otherwise noted.


Chord Guide


Am:  x02210

      3    4

G:    3x0003


F:    133211



        D   X U D U X U

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



Intro: / Am - G - / x2  (solo guitar)

           / Am - G - / x8  (w/percussion and xylophone riff)


Am             G                     Am         G      Am   G  Am G

    Now and then I think of when we were together

Am                       G                     Am  G              Am  G Am G        

    Like when you said you felt so happy you could die

Am            G                        Am       G   Am               G                    Am     G

    Told myself that you were right for me,     But felt so lonely in your company

Am                    G                   Am       G       Am     G  Am  G

     But that was love and it's an ache I still remember


/ Am - G - / x8  (w/tremolo guitar riff)


Am                 G              Am     G         Am      G  Am G

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness

Am              G                  Am                G      Am   G  Am G

    Like resignation to the end, Always 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 admit that I was glad   it was over



Am           G                    F       G

    But you didn't have to cut me off

Am             G                 F                          G         

    Make out like it never happened and that we were

 Am             G                    F           G

nothing. And I don't even need your love

              Am                   G                       F        G

But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough


Am            G                    F         G

    No, you didn't have to stoop so low

Am                G                          F                        G          

    Have your friends collect your records and then change your

Am            G                    F         G

number.  I guess that I don't need that though

Am                           G              F          G

Now you're just somebody that I used to know


/ Am - G - / x8  (w/xylophone riff)

/ Am - G - / x8  (w/tremolo guitar riff)


Am             G                  Am                      G             Am    Am   G     

   Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over

Am                G                  F                          G         Am   G Am G

But had me believing it was always something that I'd done

G (2)

   But I don't wanna live that way

G (2)

   Reading into every word you say

G (2)

   You said that you could let it go

            G (1)                                                       G (1 hold)

And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know




Outro (w/xylophone and tremolo guitar riffs):

          Am                           G             F            G

Somebody                                       I used  to know

          Am                           G             F             G

Somebody                                 that I used to know

         Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

          Am                           G             F            G

Somebody                                       I used  to know

          Am                           G             F             G

Somebody                                 that I used to know

         Now you’re just somebody that I used to know


(w/xylophone riff):

          Am                           G             F            G

                                                      I used  to know

          Am                           G             F             G

                                                that I used to know

          Am                           G             F            G

                                                      I used  to know

          Am                           G             F             G






This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.