Someone Like You

“Someone Like You”

Singer: Adele

Writers: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Daniel Dodd Wilson

I heard that you’re settled down
That you found a girl and you’re married now.
I heard that your dreams came true.
Guess she gave you things I didn’t give to you.

Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I’ll remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I’d hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I’ll remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Nothing compares
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They are memories made.
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I’ll remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead”.

Never mind, I’ll find someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you too
Don’t forget me, I beg
I’ll remember you said,
“Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead,
Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.”

Adele has a low and slightly husky voice, which graces this song immensely. I can feel her emotions seeping out through every word. She sings about love in this song. However, I adapt this song to friendship, thus the part about marriage does not apply to my interpretations. The lyrics remind me of my primary school friend. She has certainly found new friends in middle school and now high school. I am very happy for her yet at the same time I hope that she will not forget me. The part where Adele sings, “sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead” is certainly true. Again, in my case, it’s friendship. It cures people but also cuts them. It warmed my heart during the years of primary school. We saw each other everyday, thus it was easy to forget what a luxury it was. However, we drifted apart later on after primary school graduation. Even though I went back almost every summer and we would always go out, I could feel the bond starting to fade, like a colored painting placed under the scorching sun.

Just as Shakespeare expressed in Sonnet 60,

“Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth
And delves the parallels in beauty’s brow,
Feeds on the rarities of nature’s truth,
And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow”.

The same lines of the poem was used in Tiny Times, a movie telling the story of four friends and their relationships from high school to work. They fought their way through the challenges and problems in their friendship. In a way, they defied time. Sadly, when I watched this movie with my friend when I went back, I knew that the usual atmosphere between us has changed. We walked different paths, in different times, through different ways. But when time declares war, I still hope that we can declare victory.

Lyrics are from: azlysrics.com

Link to Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH9-UQ6YMRw

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3 thoughts on “Someone Like You

  1. This blog is super insightful and I absolutely love your relatability, but also a different take pon it. I relate to you and this song but in the aspect of dating relationshiops .I’ve honestly never thought about it in terms of friendship but that’s honestly such a true and understandable interpretation. I think growing out of friendships is hard but its admirable and mature that you are happy for them.

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  3. I love how you related this song to something opposite from its “original” meaning. It’s so inspiring to see how lyrics impact people in different ways. I understand your desire to keep your friendships the way they are. It is so difficult to see people walk out of your life because they’ve changed and you haven’t. However, I admire the determination at the end of your post to win the battle you have to fight throughout your life.

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