Everybody's talking about Gotye. Me, not only am I hopelessly uncool but also completely out of touch with what is cool, so I had no idea. "What on earth is Gotye?" I wondered as I scrolled through my twitter feed. So I did what everybody does these days when they don't know something. I Googled it.
I think I like it. Actually, I really do like it. But I don't want that to be because everybody else does. It's hard, because things that are universally popular tend to be so because they are universally appealing. Yet the people who were first on the scene are annoyed by those of us who are late to the party and assume that we are mindless followers. I REALLY DO LIKE GOTYE, though. I may have had no idea who he was yesterday, and I don't know any of this other songs, besides the one below (which I assume is the famous one that everybody is talking about because it has had over four million views) but I really do like him. Promise.
Anyway. I think the reason Gotye's song, Somebody That I Used To Know, is so well loved is because his lyrics are truthful and familiar. He sings about the break-up, and everything that follows, and came before. The sadness of feeling alone when you are with somebody you thought you may have loved. Realising that what you thought was love isn't, or isn't anymore. Drifting apart. Remembering when things were good. Trying to distance yourself from those memories. Realising that what you had together wasn't as happy as you sometimes think it was. Feeling forgotten. Abandoned. Lonelier than before. Yet better off. Possibly. Probably. (500) Days of Summer-esque. Someone Like You-esque. You know.
So here it is, for those of you who are as clueless as I am. You will like it. Even if everybody else does.
By Richard Brautigan
It's so nice
to wake up in the morning
and not have to tell somebody
you love them
when you don't love them