Somebody
Recording Artist: Bryan Adams
Writers: Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams
Date Written: March 1984 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Reckless (A&M Records, 1984)
Live Live Live (A&M Records, 1988)
So Far So Good (A&M Records, 1993)
Anthology (A&M Records, 2005)
Icon (Universal, 2010)
Reckless - 30th Anniversary Edition (November 2014)
Charts: #1- Billboard Top Rock Tracks Chart / 1985 (16 weeks on the chart)
#11 - Billboard "Hot 100" Singles Chart / April 1985 (17 weeks on the chart)
#13 - The Record (Canada) / March 25, 1985 (16 weeks on the chart)
#35 - UK Charts / April 1985 (7 weeks on the chart)
Awards: 1986 - Procan Award (Performing Rights Organization of Canada) for Canadian radio airplay
2004 - Socan Classics Award for more than 100,000 Canadian radio performances
Audio:
  Bryan Adams: rhythm guitar, lead guitar, vocal
Jim Vallance: percussion
Keith Scott: rhythm guitar, lead guitar
Tommy Mandel: keyboards
Dave Taylor: bass
Mickey Curry: drums
Backing vocals: Bryan Adams, Keith Scott, John Eddie
 
Arranged by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. Produced by Bob Clearmountain and Bryan Adams. Associate producer, Jim Vallance. Recorded by Bob Clearmountain, March/April 1984, at Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, September 1984, at the Power Station, New York.
Comments:
45RPM single sleeves
This is a simple song that doesn't require much comment. For the most part it's a "relationship" lyric, although the second verse is (inexplicably) about the First World War -- i.e. the futility of sending thousands of men running across an open field, directly into enemy machine-gun fire, in the hope that a few of them might make it to the other side and win the battle. This is actually how much of the 1914-1918 European war was fought, and it's how my grandmother's brother died (see Remembrance Day).

         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 fighting' for

Adams and I are both interested in First World War history (Bryan's grandfather served with the British Army in WW1).  As a result, lyrical references to the war occasionally appear in our songwriting. It's not always in context, and it doesn't always make sense, but there it is!

The first verse of "Somebody" is about the customers I would see when I was playing drums six-nights-a-week in nightclubs in the 1970's.

         And the winners are losers
         You see it every night

It was pathetic, really. You'd see the same people every night of the week, drinking and dancing and hoping to meet someone to go home with. I used to sit behind my drum kit, look out at the audience, and watch the whole thing unfold like a bad movie.  In my mind, the "winners" -- the ones who found someone to go home with -- were really the "losers".
 
 
In 1989 we donated our royalties from "Somebody" to the Greenpeace organization. The song appeared on the double-CD "Breakthrough", with revenues directed to help Greenpeace open offices in Moscow and Kiev.

The CD was released in the Soviet Union on March 6, 1989.  In addition to Bryan, the album also included recordings by The Pretenders, U2, Sting, Peter Gabriel and others. 

Re-titled "Rainbow Warrior", the album was released in the USA and Canada on May 23, 1989.
Lyrics: I bin lookin' for someone
Between the fire and the flame
We're all lookin' for somethin'
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

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

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
I need somebody
Hey what about you
Everybody needs somebody

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

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