top of page
Someone Like You
Song

Someone Like You

Adele
Album:
21

Song Meaning and Background of Someone Like You by Adele


This is a very touching song about love and loss. The song speaks of a breakup, and the feelings of regret that come with it. It is a very sad song that is very relatable to people all over the world. It's about a relationship that didn't work out, and the hope of finding someone else that will. The song is very moving, and it's an important lesson that everyone should hear.


Adele co-wrote this song with Dan Wilson, who is known for his work in the band Semisonic. She wrote this song after a heartbreak with her former boyfriend, and she wanted to write a song that would help her get over him. She realized that she couldn't keep on living in the past, and she needed to move on.


She wrote this song to express her feelings, and she hopes that her ex will find someone else who is right for him.


When writing this song, she used a lot of chromatic notes to create tension. She also used a wide range of dynamics, and she jumped up an octave in the chorus when singing it. She used this to add emotion, and it helped her create a melancholic feel for the song.


Adele said she was struggling emotionally writing the song: "When I was writing it I was feeling pretty miserable and pretty lonely, which I guess kind of contradicts 'Rolling in the Deep'. Whereas that was about me saying, 'I'm going to be fine without you', this is me on my knees really."


"I can imagine being about 40 and looking for him again, only to turn up and find that he's settled with a beautiful wife and beautiful kids and he's completely happy... and I'm still on my own. The song's about that and I'm scared at the thought of that" she said.


Soon after their split, her ex-boyfriend was engaged to a new woman. "We were so intense I thought we would get married. But that was something he never wanted... So when I found out he does want that with someone else, it was just the horrible-est feeling ever. But after I wrote it, I felt more at peace. It set me free... I didn't think it would resonate... with the world! I'm never gonna write a song like that again. I think that's the song I'll be known for."


Lyrics of Someone Like You by Adele


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

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."

Release Date

2011

Songwriter/s

Adele Adkins, Dan Wilson

Producer/s

Adele Adkins, Dan Wilson

Label/s

XL, Columbia

Other Songs

bottom of page