Peter Jöback – Somebody


Peter Jöback has released a video to the song “Somebody” from his new album – and this time, it’s not a cartoon but 100% Peter.

You can see the video at his official site – http://www.peterjoback.com/index_english.php

“Somebody” is a favourite song of mine since it reminds me of a special person I knew back in the 80s and chocolate covered strawberries. I won’t mention his name because the internet has a strange way of digging up your past and biting you on the bum. Needless to say, he had an impact on me even though it was never meant to be.

He was a big Depeche Mode fan so naturally, I checked out their music. Their current single at the time was the double A-side “Blasphemous Rumours” and “Somebody”. I fell in love with “Somebody” immediately. Not only was it a beautiful song with that compelling heartbeat sound but it summed up how I was feeling about this guy.

Flash forward to 2009. I was quite shocked when I found out that Peter Jöback was going to be releasing his own version. I always thought that “Somebody” was one of those best kept secrets, an under-rated classic. No one ever mentions that song when they talk about Depeche Mode. Of course, a lot of the old feelings came flooding back.

Peter’s version is truly beautiful and gives me goosebumps. What makes it even special to me as a gay man is that he has changed the pronouns from ‘she’ to ‘he’, making it even more relevant. He had to get permission from Martin Gore to change it to ‘he’ and thankfully he said yes.

The story goes that Martin Gore recorded this song in the nude. I wonder which interviewer will be brave enough to ask Peter if he did the same? 😉

I want somebody to share
Share the rest of my life
Share my innermost thoughts
Know my intimate details
Someone who’ll stand by my side
And give me support
And in return
He’ll get my support
He will listen to me
When I want to speak
About the world we live in
And life in general
Though my views may be wrong
They may even be perverted
He’ll hear me out
And won’t easily be converted
Into my way of thinking
In fact he’ll often disagree
But at the end of it all
He will understand me

I want somebody who cares
For me passionately
With every thought and
With every breath
Someone who’ll help me see things
In a different light
All the things I detest
I will almost like
I don’t want to be tied
To anyone’s strings
I’m carefully trying to steer clear of
Those things
But when I’m asleep
I want somebody
Who will put their arms around me
And kiss me tenderly
Though things like this
Make me sick
In a case like this
I’ll get away with it

2 Responses to “Peter Jöback – Somebody”

  1. December 21, 2009 at 9:36 am

    He is a wonderfull artist! The song and the video had personal feelings! Great!

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