Warning Gotye May Cause Emotional Trauma In 7 Year Olds

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) – official video – YouTube.

We heard this song in the car on a family road trip. We were all in a fantastic mood but this song made my daughter, Riley, sob and then launched her into a depression that lasted 90 miles over the lyrics “I don’t even need your love.”  Hubs, who doesn’t understand moody, Indie Pop love-gone-wrong songs anyway, was completely baffled by her reaction. Luckily, with my extensive adolescent experience in crying to 80’s love songs I was able to jump in and navigate my sensitive girl’s emotions. Since then every time she brings the song up my 4-year-old son, Conor, softly sings the back up lyrics “somebody. Somebody that I used to know” on a loop as if to illustrate her emotional pain.

In preparation for the kids’ teen years I’m going to build Hubs a sound proof room, stocked with AC/DC and a punching bag, so that he can escape all of the emoting in the rest of the house. We’re a sensitive bunch.

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6 thoughts on “Warning Gotye May Cause Emotional Trauma In 7 Year Olds

  1. Erisa says:

    It really is a great song. It’s reminiscent of the Police and something that Sting would write, which always used to make me cry back in the day. I feel Riley’s pain!

  2. Jessica says:

    I love your sweet Riley’s sensitivity; I admire it a great deal even though I see it as one of her greatest strengths and biggest downfall…that would be an Achilles heel wouldn’t it? I fear my Achilles heel is how unaffected I am. E.g.: The first time I heard that song was from a parked car with a shirtless young man parked in it at the Emmanual Church parking lot. It was so catchy and filled the dark night with such a great sound and mood that I immediately Googled it when I was done walking my dog.

  3. Courtney says:

    This cracks me up!! Love your description of Conor!! And I love that Riley is so sensitive and was so touched by the song. So sweet! But hard to observe, as her parent, I’m sure. Little heartbreaker!

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