Someone Great
LCD Soundsystem Lyrics


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I wish that we could talk about it
But there, that's the problem
With someone new I couldn't start it
Too late, for beginnings
The little things that made me nervous
Are gone, in a moment
I miss the way we used to argue
Locked, in your basement

I wake up and the phone is ringing
Surprised, as it's early
And that should be the perfect warning
That something's a problem
To tell the truth I saw it coming
The way you were breathing
But nothing can prepare you for it
The voice on the other end

The worst is all the lovely weather
I'm stunned, it's not raining
The coffee isn't even bitter
Because, what's the difference?
There's all the work that needs to be done
It's late, for revision
There's all the time and all the planning
And songs, to be finished

And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
'Til the day it stops

And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
'Til the day it stops

And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
'Til the day it stops

I wish that we could talk about it
But there, that's the problem
With someone new I could have started
Too late for beginnings
You're smaller than my wife imagined
Surprised, you were human
There shouldn't be this radio silence
But what are the options?

When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone

When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone





We're safe, for the moment
Saved for the moment

Overall Meaning

The song "Someone Great" by LCD Soundsystem is a poignant reflection on the experience of losing someone you love. The lyrics are imbued with sadness and nostalgia as the singer mourns the loss of a friend or lover. The first verse speaks to the difficulty of moving on from the relationship, with the singer acknowledging that it's too late to start over with someone new - they are haunted by memories of their time with the person they lost. The second verse alludes to the moment when the singer received the news of the person's passing, noting the shock and sense of inevitability they felt in the lead-up to the news.


The chorus - "When someone great is gone / When someone great is gone / When someone great is gone / When someone great is gone" - is a stark reminder of the finality of death. The final lines of the song offer a glimpse of hope amidst the despair, with the singer reflecting on the temporary nature of safety and how fleeting moments of peace can be.


Overall, "Someone Great" is a powerful and moving meditation on grief and loss. The lyrics are beautifully written and show a deep understanding of the complex emotions that come with losing someone you love.


Line by Line Meaning

I wish that we could talk about it
I want to discuss our problems and try to make things right


But there, that's the problem
However, the problem is that we can't talk to each other anymore


With someone new I couldn't start it
I can't find anyone new to replace you or start over with


Too late, for beginnings
It's too late to start over and try to make things right


The little things that made me nervous
The small things that used to bother me no longer do


Are gone, in a moment
The things that used to make me nervous are now insignificant and fleeting


I miss the way we used to argue
I miss the way we used to communicate and resolve our disagreements


Locked, in your basement
We used to spend time together, locked away from the world


I wake up and the phone is ringing
I wake up to bad news of your passing


Surprised, as it's early
I am surprised it happened so suddenly and at an unexpected time


And that should be the perfect warning
The phone call should have been enough of a warning that something was wrong


That something's a problem
It was clear that something was wrong and needed to be dealt with


To tell the truth I saw it coming
Deep down, I knew that something bad was going to happen


The way you were breathing
I could tell by the way you were breathing that you were struggling


But nothing can prepare you for it
No matter how much you see it coming, nothing can prepare you for the loss of a loved one


The voice on the other end
The voice on the other end of the phone call confirmed my worst fears


The worst is all the lovely weather
The weather is beautiful, but it seems wrong to enjoy it knowing that you're no longer here


I'm stunned, it's not raining
I'm in shock that it's not raining, which would be more appropriate for the mood


The coffee isn't even bitter
Even the taste of coffee doesn't seem to matter anymore


Because, what's the difference?
Nothing seems to matter or make a difference anymore


There's all the work that needs to be done
Despite the loss, life goes on and there's still work that needs to be done


It's late, for revision
It's too late to make any changes or do things differently


There's all the time and all the planning
Despite everything, there's still time to make new plans and move forward


And songs, to be finished
There's still work to be done, including finishing music


And it keeps coming
The pain and loss seem endless


Till the day it stops
Until the pain and loss finally stop


You're smaller than my wife imagined
Meeting someone who knew you and expected you to be someone else is a strange and surreal experience


Surprised, you were human
I am surprised that you were just a person like everyone else, and that you could be taken by something as inevitable as death


There shouldn't be this ring of silence
The silence after your passing feels unnatural and uncomfortable


But what are the options?
Despite the discomfort and sadness, there's nothing that can be done to change what has happened


When someone great is gone
The loss of someone important takes a toll on everyone who knew them


We're safe, for the moment
Despite the loss and pain, we are alive and safe for now


Saved for the moment
We should cherish each moment we have because it could be taken away at any time




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: James Jeremiah Murphy

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@brayanneal8069

I wish that we could talk about it
But there, that's the problem
With someone new I couldn't start it
Too late, for beginnings
The little things that made me nervous
Are gone, in a moment
I miss the way we used to argue
Locked, in your basement
I wake up and the phone is ringing
Surprised, as it's early
And that should be the perfect warning
That something's a problem
To tell the truth I saw it coming
The way you were breathing
But nothing can prepare you for it
The voice on the other end
The worst is all the lovely weather
I'm stunned, it's not raining
The coffee isn't even bitter
Because, what's the difference?
There's all the work that needs to be done
It's late, for revision
There's all the time and all the planning
And songs, to be finished
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
Till the day it stops
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
Till the day it stops
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
Till the day it stops
I wish that we could talk about it
But there, that's the problem
With someone new I could have started
Too late for beginnings
You're smaller than my wife imagined
Surprised, you were human
There shouldn't be this ring of silence
But what are the options?
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
We're safe, for the moment
Saved for the moment



@mirsadathossain3932

[Verse 1]
I wish that we could talk about it
But there, that's the problem
With someone new I could have started
Too late for beginnings
The little things that made me nervous
Are gone in a moment
I miss the way we used to argue
Locked, in your basement

[Verse 2]
I wake up and the phone is ringing
Surprised, as it's early
And that should be a perfect warning
That something's a problem
To tell the truth I saw it coming
The way you were breathing
But nothing can prepare you for it
The voice on the other end

[Verse 3]
The worst is all the lovely weather
I'm stunned it's not raining
The coffee isn't even bitter
Because what's the difference?
There's all the work that needs to be done
It's late for revision
There's all the time and all the planning
And songs to be finished

And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
'Til the day it stops
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
'Til the day it stops
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
And it keeps coming
'Til the day it stops

[Verse 4]
I wish that we could talk about it
But there, that's the problem
With someone new I could have started
Too late for beginnings
You're smaller than my wife imagined
Surprised you were human
There shouldn't be this ring of silence
But what are the options?

When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone
When someone great is gone

We're safe, for the moment
Saved
For the moment



@chasestephy

I wish that we could talk about it,
But there, that's the problem.
With someone new I couldn't start it,
Too late, for beginnings.
The little things that made me nervous,
Are gone, in a moment.
I miss the way we used to argue,
Locked, in your basement.

The worst is all the lovely weather,
I'm stunned, it's not raining.
The coffee isn't even bitter,
Because, what's the difference?
There's all the work that needs to be done,
It's late, for revision.
There's all the time and all the planning,
And songs, to be finished.

And it keeps coming,
And it keeps coming,
And it keeps coming,
Till the day it stops
[x3]
And it keeps coming,
[x7]
Till the day it stops.

I wish that we could talk about it,
But there, that's the problem.
With someone new I could have started,
Too late, for beginnings.
You're smaller than my wife imagined,
Surprised, you were human.
There shouldn't be this ring of silence,
But what, are the options?

When someone great is gone.
[x8]

We're safe, for the moment.
Saved,
For the moment.



All comments from YouTube:

@10000thpanda

Found out my dad passed away this morning. Nothing was wrong, he just didn't wake up. I took him to see LCD Soundsystem in 2010, it was the first time I saw him let loose and dance (to Drunk Girls I think). We shared tons of music, Sunday morning runs, afternoons reading Calvin and Hobbes together, and that won't happen again. It's gorgeous outside today, the coffee tastes the same. It's fucked to thing that despite what happened today, things will indeed just keep coming until the day it stops.

@loljustice31

I'm so sorry for your loss... big hugs to you, I am sure he loves you very much still now.

@sarahgunn464

so much love and hugs and most importantly, THANK YOU for telling your perfect story... exactly it is.

@SymoneLenae

My deepest condolences love.

@LanaDelGuey

This made me cry...geez man! I wanna smoke you out haha

@jamescranston9373

Youngblood League oh i am so sorry for your loss

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@SpaceIsThePlace_

The 2000’s was an amazing decade for indie music

@zackzallie8735

True. Arcade Fire, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend are few examples.

@SpaceIsThePlace_

@@zackzallie8735 so many great artists back then, I feel like indie music is pretty dead now. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places.

@zackzallie8735

@@SpaceIsThePlace_ indie music is still alive... just lot more underground than it used to. The Strokes' new album got lot of attention, Car Seat Headrest is my fav modern indie band (check em out), and tiktok girls finally discovered Arctic Monkeys lol

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