Play It Again analyzes the sticking power of songs and their ability to compel people to go so far as to permanently alter their skin with cheesy lyrics. We've covered the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Sia, Rihanna, and even Modest Mouse.
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.
“Someone Like You” was the breakout hit from Adele’s sophomore album, 21. Released as the second single from the album, the song quickly rose to international success, hopping and hopping up both UK and US billboard charts with every new release related to the song. In fact, it eventually rose to be number one by February 2011, at the same time Adele’s other single “Rolling in the Deep” was at number four, making Adele the first living artist since The Beatles to achieve such a feat, and that was all the way back in 1964.
Co-written with songwriter and producer Dan Wilson, “Someone Like You” is the last track on 21, an entire album dedicated to the end of a relationship. Adele’s powerful vocals and songwriting talents, in addition to the wonderful diva lineage she’s a part of, make her storytelling particularly poignant.
"Well, I wrote that song because I was exhausted from being such a bitch, with 'Rolling in the Deep' or 'Rumour Has It,'” Adele told MTV in February 2011. “I was really emotionally drained from the way I was portraying him, because even though I'm very bitter and regret some parts of it, he's still the most important person that's ever been in my life, and 'Someone like You,' I had to write it to feel OK with myself and OK with the two years I spent with him. And when I did it, I felt so freed."
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.
It’s been parodied, it’s been karaoked — and now it’s been tattooed. A lot. In fact, in researching the tattoos for this article, we encountered a strange amount of identical tattoos. So we had to do some sleuthing to figure out what was compelling fans and how they got a hold of the same script.
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"
As it turns out, every concert during Adele’s Adele Live 2016 tour ended with confetti exploding everywhere, with 10 unique, handwritten by Adele herself phrases and lyrics printed onto this flying paper. A particularly enterprising fan could snag the confetti and save it for an artist to put on their skin — and many, many people did.
No worries or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They are memories made.
Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?