Somebody That I Used To Know ʻUkulele Chords by Gotye

Every once in a while something magical comes shuffling down the radio waves. In the midst of a year dominated by four-on-the-floor pop tunes from Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry came Gotye and his odd little tune called Somebody That I Used To Know. I don’t think anyone ever expected the cello and xylophone driven piece to become the top selling song of the year 2012. Ever.

It’s pretty easy on ‘ukulele – just three chords. Getting the rhythm down is harder. I highly recommend playing the chords “piano style” – with a finger on each string so you can pick them simultaneously. If you have a low-G then you might want to keep the A string quiet and just pluck the top three.

Somebody That I Used To Know By Gotye Ukulele ChordsSomebody That I Used To Know
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Intro: Dm   C   Dm   C

   Dm       C          Dm       C         Dm    C            Dm     C
A |------------------|-0-1-3-0----------|------------------|------------------|
E |---------3--3-----|----------3-------|-1--1--0--0-------|------------------|
C |--0--0------------|------------------|------------------|--2--2--0---------|
G |------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|

   Dm       C          Dm       C         Dm      C          Dm        C 
A |------------------|-0-1-3-0----------|------------------|--------------0---|
E |---------3--3-----|----------3-------|---------0--------|-------------/5---|
C |--0--0------------|------------------|-2--2-------------|-2--2-------------|
G |------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------| 
Dm      C               Dm      C        Dm     C     Dm     C
Now and then I think of when we were together
Dm            C                Dm    C         Dm     C      Dm     C       
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Dm     C                 Dm         C
Told myself that you were right for me
Dm          C              Dm      C 
But felt so lonely in your company
Dm            C               Dm      C        Dm     C     Dm     C
But that was love and it's an ache I still remember

Break: x2
   Dm       C          Dm       C         Dm      C          Dm        C 
A |-0----------------|----------3---0---|------------------|----------------|
E |------------------|------------------|-3----------------|--------(0)-----|
C |------------------|------------------|---------2--------|------------(2)-|
G |------------------|------------------|------------------|----------------|

Dm          C            Dm       C       Dm       C     Dm      C
You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Dm        C            Dm       
Like resignation to the end
C          Dm       C     Dm      C
Always the end
Dm          C                  Dm       C       
So when we found that we could not make sense
Dm       C                  Dm      C
Well you said that we would still be friends
Dm       C                Dm        C      Dm/    (C   Dm   C)
But I'll admit that I was glad that it was over

Dm      C              Bb    C
But you didn't have to cut me off
Dm       C          Bb
Make out like it never happened
         C          Dm
And that we were nothing
    C             Bb       C
And I don't even need your love
         Dm              C
But you treat me like a stranger
          Bb        C
And that feels so rough
Dm  C              Bb       C      
You didn't have to stoop so low
Dm        C                    Bb
Have your friends collect your records
         C           Dm
And then change your number
  C                  Bb        C
I guess that I don't need that though
Dm              C               Bb      C       Dm    C    Bb    C
Now you're just somebody that I used to know (last line x3)

Dm       C             Dm                  C          Dm     C     Dm    C      
Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over 
Dm          C                Bb              C        Dm     C    Dm    C
But had me believing it was always something that I'd done
Dm   C            Bb        C       
And I don't wanna live that way
Dm      C          Bb       C 
Reading into every word you say
Dm   C                 Bb      C 
You said that you could let it go
      Dm                 C          Bb                C 
And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know...


    Dm     C     Bb        C
Somebody...      I used to know (repeat and fade)

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