Adele's Someone Like You Lyrics Investigated
Song: Someone Like You
Adele. It’s hard to believe a single name could carry so much power. I thought the days of Cher and Madonna were long gone, but no. Adele has taken over the reins in that category and she doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. She captured hearts all over the world with her massively successful album 21, which to date has sold over 22 million copies, won Grammys, and even got her in the Guinness Book of World Records. She let her emotions come out as though she couldn’t help it, so let’s take a look at one of her many emotional songs, “Someone Like You.”
Arguably her most popular song, “Someone Like You” tells the story of Adele’s aching heart from her breakup with her first serious boyfriend. Anyone who’s ever been in love can relate to her words and her pain, which is why this song and her album are such juggernauts. People want things they can understand and relate to, and everyone has experienced love and heartbreak in one form or another. What makes Adele better than most, is first and foremost her voice, but it’s also the fact that she doesn’t use anything to aid her voice. It’s just her. And secondly, her songs are written well and carry good rhythm. With all that being said, let’s take a look at what’s going on in the song.
“Someone Like You” begins with Adele singing that she heard her ex has settled down and that his new girl gave him things she couldn’t. Then she says, “Old friend, why are you so shy? Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.” At first glance I thought this was a reference to her ex, but it seems as though Adele is actually talking about herself. She goes on to say, “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.” She felt that she had to make one more attempt to save the relationship, almost like she needed that closure. And apparently she found it because the chorus comes in next and her attitude has changed.
It begins with, “Never mind, I’ll find someone like you. I wish nothing but the best for you, too.” Adele now seems to be content that their relationship is over but she confesses in the next verse that she still thinks about it.
The verse starts off by her saying how the time flies and it seems like only yesterday they were having the time of their lives. They were bound by the surprise of what they felt for each other during their time together, or at least she was.
Then after the chorus, there is another small verse that goes, “nothing compares no worries or cares, regrets and mistakes, they are memories made. Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?”
The chorus comes in and the song ends with her repeating “Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.”
It’s apparent that the relationship hit her hard, but it also seems that she became stronger because of it. She realized how hard love is and that it doesn’t always work, even if you want it to so badly, which is another thing many people can relate to. We, the people, commend you, Adele. Keep making music just the way you do.