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.
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!
I do like the song quite a bit and I used to lay on my bed for hours delving into the emotions of tortured musicians, so I get it. But poor Rusty.
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.
Yes her sensitivity is part of what makes her special and also the thing that worries me about her. Sometimes I wish I could wrap her in emotional bubble wrap.
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!
This particular instance was more comical for me–watching Rusty’s marine corp reaction was priceless. She has other sensitive moments that rip my heart out.