Somebody
Bryan Adams Lyrics


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I've been lookin' for someone
Between the fire and the flame
We're all lookin' for something
To ease the pain

Now who can you turn to
When it's all black and white
And the winners are losers
You see it every night

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody
I need somebody
Hey what about you
Everybody needs somebody, oh

When you're out on the front line
And you're watchin' them fall
It doesn't take long to realize
It ain't worth fightin' for, oh

I thought I saw the Madonna
When you walked in the room
Well your eyes were like diamonds
And they cut right through, oh they cut right through

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody, oh yeah
I need somebody
Hey what about you
We all need somebody, hey

Another night, another lesson learned
It's the distance keeps us sane
But when the silence leads to sorrow
We do it all again, all again yeah

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody, oh yeah
I need somebody
Oh what about you
Everybody needs somebody

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody
Need somebody
I need somebody
Yeah what about you baby
We all need somebody
I need somebody
Everybody needs somebody




I need somebody (hey)
Everybody needs somebody

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Bryan Adams's song "Somebody" seem to reflect the universal search for someone to ease the pain of loneliness, with the singer seeking out someone special like the person he is singing to. The first verse captures this quest as the singer looks for someone to love and heal his sorrows between the fire and the flame. The second verse seems to reflect the chaotic, self-destructive nature of the world, where it seems that those who seek to win are always the ones who lose in the end. The chorus, repeated throughout the song, emphasizes the need for someone to care for and be with us through the trials of life, reminding us that everybody needs somebody.


The bridge seems to be about the complexities of relationships, where a sense of distance and separation helps keep us safe from pain but can ultimately lead to sadness. The mention of the Madonna signifies the uplifting, spiritual qualities of love and how it can help us overcome challenges. Bryan's song "Somebody" speaks to the human need for love, companionship, and support, highlighting that life can often be difficult without someone special by our side.


Line by Line Meaning

I've been lookin' for someone
The singer has been actively seeking a specific person or connection


Between the fire and the flame
This might refer to the singer's position between two extremes or to the struggle of choosing between passion and danger


We're all lookin' for something
All people have a desire for contentment or fulfillment


To ease the pain
The something mentioned before is sought for to alleviate emotional distress or hurt


Now who can you turn to
The singer poses a rhetorical question about the difficulty of finding dependable sources of support or guidance


When it's all black and white
When situations present only two absolute choices, one right and one wrong


And the winners are losers
The supposed victors or successful ones do not give the satisfaction they should, and they also face their own troubles


You see it every night
The singer emphasizes that this is a widespread observation


I need somebody
The singer declares his need for companionship or love


Somebody like you
The singer specifies the qualities he is seeking in a romantic partner


Everybody needs somebody
The singer states a general truth about human needs


Hey what about you
The singer addresses the listener, wondering if they also recognize their need for love or companionship


When you're out on the front line
This could refer to a military or similar conflict, or to the trials and tribulations of daily life that can feel like battle


And you're watchin' them fall
The singer may be referring to fellow soldiers or citizens being killed or defeated


It doesn't take long to realize
From being in such a tough situation, one can easily understand or see the futility of fighting or the wasted effort


It ain't worth fightin' for, oh
The result of the conflict isn't worth the danger, suffering, and loss incurred during the fight


I thought I saw the Madonna
The singer compares the person he was looking for earlier to an important religious figure, likely because of the significance and rarity of the connection he is searching for


When you walked in the room
The singer first saw this special person in the current situation, likely implying they haven't been in contact before


Well your eyes were like diamonds
The singer describes the person's eyes as incredibly bright and captivating


And they cut right through, oh they cut right through
Their gaze or presence was very powerful and made the singer feel very seen or understood


Another night, another lesson learned
The singer implies he has gone through many similar experiences as this search and has learned from each one


It's the distance keeps us sane
Being apart or not finding what he wants keeps the singer from further disappointment or despair


But when the silence leads to sorrow
The lack of contact or intimacy can cause the singer pain and self-reflection


We do it all again, all again yeah
Despite the challenges and possible heartbreaks, the singer is ready to try again and keep searching


I need somebody
The singer repeats his declaration of wanting a romantic partner


Oh what about you
The singer again addresses the listener and asks them to consider their desires


Everybody needs somebody
The repetition of this line shows how important companionship is to human beings


Need somebody
The singer again reiterates his need and desire for meaningful connection


Everybody needs somebody
The final repetition of this line emphasizes the universality of the need for love or companionship


I need somebody (hey)
The song ends as it began, with the singer plainly stating his need for someone to share his life with.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bryan Adams, James Douglas Vallance

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Lyrics:
I've been lookin' for someone
Between the fire and the flame
We're all lookin' for something
To ease the pain

Now who can you turn to
When it's all black and white
And the winners are losers
You see it every night

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody
I need somebody
Hey what about you
Everybody needs somebody, oh

When you're out on the front line
And you're watchin' them fall
It doesn't take long to realize
It ain't worth fightin' for, oh

I thought I saw the Madonna
When you walked in the room
Well your eyes were like diamonds
And they cut right through, oh they cut right through

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody, oh yeah
I need somebody
Hey what about you
We all need somebody, hey

Another night, another lesson learned
It's the distance keeps us sane
But when the silence leads to sorrow
We do it all again, all again yeah

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody, oh yeah
I need somebody
Oh what about you
Everybody needs somebody

I need somebody
Somebody like you
Everybody needs somebody
Need somebody
I need somebody
Yeah what about you baby
We all need somebody
I need somebody
Everybody needs somebody
I need somebody (hey)
Everybody needs somebody



All comments from YouTube:

@ezrhino100

I am 50 years old and have Never stopped listening to this man(and his incredible band).

@danieljakubovic

I’m 42 but same here !

@user-mp2zx9sh5i

このクソオヤジめww
in to tha fire
てか...
分からん...でもないw

@shelleycox5877

Pushing 60 and I'd play this over and in my new truck cuz
it had an awesome stereo!!!
Bryan Adams has no idea how truly loved he is!!!!

@nopeimnotsorry9472

That’s cuz we’re GenXers and it was our music. We’ll always be drawn to it.

@danieljakubovic

@@nopeimnotsorry9472 it’s not just because it was ours . It’s because it’s great and you actually had to have depth and talent to do that .

@HappyPsychoBunny1

Me and my friends are in this video, front row, up against the stage at Massey Hall in Toronto. We were 16 yrs old...I am 53 yrs old now and still rockin' to Bryan. Great Memories...Great Song!!

@cheniah9761

That's fricking awesome!!!

@RajeevSharma-dt8pt

Great dear🎉🎉🎉🎉 💐

@jackhayes6273

No only is that absolutely awesome but the fact theres 16yos (like me) stil listening to this (and going to see him in may - cant wait!!) in 2024 just shows how amazing he is.

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