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    Somebody That I Used To Know

    Gotye

     

    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

           231

    Am:  x02210

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

          134211

    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

     

    Chorus:

    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

     

    Chorus

     

    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

    Somebody                                 

     

    End

     

     


    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.