Gotta Be Somebody by Nickelback (2008)

Performed by: Nickelback

Album: Dark Horse

Did You Know? – Gotta Be Somebody is the first official single released from the album Dark Horse. However, the song If Today Was Your Last Day was initially planned as the first single to be released.


Each song puts me in a different mood. And with Gotta Be Somebody, it makes me feel both hopeful and sad at the same time. In fact, when I feel lonely, I love to put this song on repeat, and very loudly. 

It’s obvious isn’t it? From the title of the song, you immediately know its about wanting to find that special someone out there for you. And that is why it makes me both hopeful and sad. 

I feel hopeful that there’s gotta be somebody out there for me, but sad that I haven’t found him yet. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t, but for now, this song gets me every time. 

My colleague and an old friend of mine got married yesterday and like the lyrics of the song, “I wonder what it feels like to find the one in this life, the one we all dream of”. I was talking to a few friends after the wedding about how I want an exciting and thrilling love to call my own. And although I’m now trying out the whole online dating website thing, I am a traditionalist and kinda prefer meeting a person organically, face to face when it comes to meeting someone and falling in love. Of course I don’t rule it out totally the whole online dating thing. But, one can have a preference right? I mean, who doesn’t want the moment that they meet their special someone to “play out like a scene straight off the silver screen”. Hmm the film Win A Date With Tad Hamilton! and Notting Hill suddenly comes to mind. 

Anyway, to my Mr Perfect, “I’ll be holding my breath, right up ’til the end, until that moment when, I find the one that I’ll spend forever with”. Who am I referring to? You of course silly.


Gotta Be Somebody Lyrics:

This time, I wonder what it feels like
To find the one in this life, the one we all dream on
But dreams just aren’t enough
So I’ll be waiting for the real thing, I’ll know it by the feeling
The moment when we’re meeting, will play out like a scene
Straight off the silver screen
So I’ll be holding my breath, right up ’til the end
Until that moment when, I find the one that I’ll spend forever with

Cause nobody wants to be the last one there
Cause everyone wants to feel like someone cares
Someone to love with my life in their hands
There’s gotta be somebody for me like that
Cause nobody wants to do it on their own
And everyone wants to know they’re not alone
There’s somebody else that feels the same somewhere
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there

Tonight, out on the street, out in the moonlight
And dammit this feels too right, it’s just like déja vu
Me standing here with you
So I’ll be holding my breath, could this be the end?
Is it that moment when, I find the one that I’ll spend forever with

Cause nobody wants to be the last one there
Cause everyone wants to feel like someone cares
Someone to love with my life in their hands
There’s gotta be somebody for me like that
Cause nobody wants to do it on their own
And everyone wants to know they’re not alone
There’s somebody else that feels the same somewhere
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there

Ooo… You can’t give up, (when you’re looking for)
A diamond in the rough (cause you never know)
When it shows up, (make sure you’re holding on)
Cause it could be the one, the one you’re waiting on
Cause nobody wants to be the last one there
And everyone wants to feel like someone cares
Someone to love with my life in their hands
There’s gotta be somebody for me, oh

Nobody wants to go it on their own
And everyone wants to know they’re not alone
There’s somebody else that feels the same somewhere
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there
Nobody wants to be the last one there
Cause everyone wants to feel like someone cares
There’s somebody else that feels the same somewhere
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there


Music Video:

The music video for Gotta Be Somebody isn’t the best one I’ve seen, far from it actually. And while watching the music video, all I can think of is how much the lead vocalist Chad Kroeger kinda reminds me of Nicholas Cage. I think its because the CGI really makes it feel quite amateurish. However, that being said, I like the opening in space with the CGI graphics of the various planets. I have a thing for space. Also, the Brooklyn Bridge and Colosseum used in the music video really brought a smile to my face because it reminded me of when I saw it in real life. 

Interestingly, the music video won Best Video, Best Rock Video, and Best Post Production at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards.




The Eclectic Reviewer thinks… Nickleback’s Gotta Be Somebody is the perfect song for when you’re feeling lonely and need to feel some hope of ever finding somebody special to spend forever with. I love this kind of grand rock ballad tune as well. So together with the lyrics, it’s high on my favourite list. 

Album cover from Wikipedia


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