Someone Like You

By Adelle

Someone Like You” (on the “21” album) is a love song from the point of view of a woman who shows up unexpectedly at her married ex’s front door, only to be confronted by the fact that he’s moved on and has a life and a wife. Whereas she’s never been able to let go.

The chorus is cynical and mocking. She says she’s going to find someone else, but the strange and obsessive part is that she wants to find someone like him, “Someone Like You.”

Adele sang the song at the 2011 Brit awards in London where her rendition of Someone Like You, a ballad off the new album, had gone down well. Ovation on the night. Champagne sent to her table…

Hungover, Adele climbed on to a plane to JFK and by the time she landed everything had changed. Her live recording of Someone Like You was jumping up the UK singles charts. (“Someone Like You” wasn’t supposed to be formally released as a single for months, so Adele’s diary was all out of whack.) When word came through that the song had gone to No 1 in the UK, she went off for a pedicure.

Adele had boundless resources at her disposal, but all this song needed to be produced was two people, two days, and a studio with a grand piano.

Adele revealed that she was “completely off my face” drunk while writing the majority of her breakthrough album, “21’” that came out in 2011, followed by “25”. Speaking to Vanity Fair, the British singer admitted that she used to be a “massive drinker” but has now limited her alcohol intake. “Having a hangover with a child is torture,” she says.

“I used to love to be drunk, but as I got more famous I would wake up the next morning and not remember what I had said or who I had said it to the previous evening. I never had blackouts, but when you’re drunk and you go to a party, you’ll talk to anyone.”

Adele continues: “I can see from an outsider’s perspective that I will never write songs as good as the ones that are on “21”, but I’m not as indulgent as I was then, and I don’t have time to fall apart like I did then. I was completely off my face writing that album, and a drunk tongue is an honest one. I would drink two bottles of wine, and I would chain-smoke. Then I’d write the lyrics down and the next morning think, ‘That’s quite good’. Then I’d find the melody.”

“But since I’ve had my baby, I’m not as carefree as I used to be. I’m scared of a lot of things now because I don’t want to die; I want to be around for my kid. I’m very cautious, whereas I was never cautious before.

Adele - Someone Like You

Adele can get caught up in her own songs, and she wouldn’t want to change that. “In order for me to feel confident with one of my songs it has to really move me,” she said. “That’s how I know that I’ve written a good song for myself — it’s when I start crying. It’s when I just break into tears in the vocal booth or in the studio, and I’ll need a moment to myself.”

That heart-on-sleeve emotion, conveyed by a gorgeous voice, has made Adele, now 27, one of the most universally beloved singers and songwriters of the 21st century. Adele, whose last name is Adkins, won the Grammy as Best New Artist with her 2008 debut album, “19.” She multiplied her audience with “21,” her 2011 album full of breakup songs — angry, regretful, lonely, righteous — that used modern production touches around vocals filled with old-fashioned soul. It has sold 30 million albums worldwide, 11 million in the United States. Beyond the power of Adele’s voice and the craftsmanship of the music, “21” communicated a palpable sincerity and urgency, the feeling that its wounds were still fresh.

“She’s got this incredible intuition about what’s right and what’s real and what suits her,” said Paul Epworth, who wrote and produced songs with Adele on both “21” and the new album. “She’s the sharpest, most instinctive artist I’ve ever worked with. She’s pure gut, pure intuition.”

Adele would not revisit the making of “21” even if she could. “I just used to let myself drown,” she said. “If I was sad, if I was confused — which I would say were the running themes for most of my records so far — I’d just go with it. I’d let myself fall apart, and I’d sit in darkness, and I’d feel sorry for myself, and I wouldn’t accept any help to get out of it, in terms of going out with my friends to cheer me up, or staying busier. No! I loved the drama of it all.”

She added: “How I felt when I wrote ‘21,’ I wouldn’t want to feel again. It was horrible. I was miserable, I was lonely, I was sad, I was angry, I was bitter. I thought I was going to be single for the rest of my life. I thought I was never going to love again. It’s not worth it.”

She reconsidered for a moment. “Well, it was worth it, because, obviously, of what’s gone on. But I’m not willing to feel like that to write a song again. I’m not.”

Now that she’s a parent, “I haven’t got time to fall apart,” she added. “I’m the backbone for my kid, and I want to be there for him. And I want to be there for my boyfriend as well, and I don’t want to bring them down with me for my art.”

Determined to be known for music and music only, Adele also turned down endorsements and cross-marketing projects that would have kept her highly visible. “If I wanted to just be famous, like be a celebrity, then I wouldn’t do music, because everything else I’ve been offered would probably make me more famous than I am just with my music,” she said. “Commercials, being the face of brands, nail varnishes, shoes, bags, fashion lines, beauty ranges, hair products, being in movies, being the face of a car, designing watches, food ranges, buildings, airlines, book deals. I’ve been offered everything. And I don’t want to water myself down. I want to do one thing. I want to make something. I don’t want to be the face of anything.

Someone Like You Lyrics

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 two. Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead, yeah.

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.”

Songwriters: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins / Daniel D. Wilson
Someone Like You lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC