Kings of Leon
Album: Only By The Night
Caleb Followill needs a strong connection to someone special in his life in the vulnerable “Use Somebody.”
A joyous guitar opens the single, tone of clarity. He puts his hands into the pockets of his hoodie. He thinks of turning right this time and going onto the next major street. He spots women and tries to strike up a conversation. A harmless one about the weather and she darts her eyes away. Sometimes it’s him. He can continue with a conversation with a beautiful woman at the bar and feel absolutely nothing. (“I've been roaming around/Always looking down and all I see/Painted faces fill the places I can't reach.”)
In the first chorus, he wants someone to know him. (“You know that I could use somebody/You know that I could use somebody.”)
There’s a woman he’s in love with. She asks questions he wouldn’t know how to ask. She expresses her emotions in a way he wish he could. But like everyone, he has the secret of unrequited love. (“Someone like you and all you know and how you speak/Countless lovers undercover of the street.”)
In the second chorus, he says it’s her he has to have in his life. (“You know that I could use somebody/You know that I could use somebody/Someone like you.”)
He thinks of where she might be. Maybe at the bar, dancing to her favorite new song with a bunch of friends. He wants to write a song about how he is feeling. Nothing seems right. So far, it’s bunch of a mixed metaphors and meaningless phrases. It’s what going to cause of her to think of him in another way. (“Off in the night while you live it up, I'm off to sleep/Waging wars to shake the poet and the beat/I hope it's gonna make you notice/I hope it's gonna make you notice.”)
In the third chorus, it’s how he knows how to pour his heart out. It has to work. (“Someone like me/Someone like me/Someone like me, somebody.”)
In the bridge, the moment has to happen between them. It will. He has to believe it. (“I’m waiting. I’m waiting, I’m waiting.”)
In the third chorus, it’s her. (“Someone like you, somebody/Someone like you, somebody/Someone like you, somebody.”)
An edited first verse ends the single. (“I've been roaming around/Always looking down and all I see.”)
There’s a sense of Caleb Followill wanting more. The connections he usually has are shallow and leave him feeling empty. She is the only person who makes him feel the world turning beneath his feet.
The powerful “Use Somebody” runs on pure want and need, revealing itself whole.