Music Friday: Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Sings, ‘You Can’t Give Up When You’re Lookin’ for a Diamond in the Rough’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger sings about finding the perfect love in the group’s 2008 hit, “Gotta Be Somebody.”

In Kroeger’s view, we all dream about the love of a lifetime, the perfect soulmate. The challenge is having the patience and fortitude to keep searching for that person — no matter how long it takes.

He sings, “You can’t give up / When you’re lookin’ for a diamond in the rough / Because you never know when it shows up / Make sure you’re holdin’ on / ‘Cause it could be the one, the one you’re waiting on.”

Kroeger told MTV News that “Gotta Be Somebody” contains a universal theme that rings true with single people as well as those in a relationship who are questioning that “this may not be the one.”

“[They will say] to themselves, ‘There’s got to be that perfect somebody for me out there.’ And that’s what the song is about,” he said.

“Gotta Be Somebody” was released as the first single from Nickelback’s sixth studio album, Dark Horse. The song reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #4 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. It was also an international hit, charting in 15 countries. The album was a huge commercial success, spending 125 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. In all, the album sold more than five million copies worldwide.

Formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada, in 1995, Nickelback is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair. Nickelback is one of Canada’s most successful musical groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

Music legend states that Mike Kroeger’s experience working for Starbucks provided the impetus for the band’s unusual name. Apparently, some of the products at the popular chain cost $1.95 CAD, so when the customers handed over $2, he would make the change and say, “Here’s your nickel back.”

Please check out the video of Nickelback’s live performance of “Gotta Be Somebody.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Gotta Be Somebody”
Written by Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger and Daniel Adar. Performed by Nickelback.

This time I wonder what it feels like
To find the one in this life
The one we all dream of
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 holdin’ my breath
Right up to 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 go it on their own
And everyone wants to know they’re not alone.
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 damn it this feels too right
It’s just like deja vu
Me standin’ here with you
So I’ll be holdin’ 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 go it on their own
And everyone wants to know they’re not alone.
Somebody else that feels the same somewhere.
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there.

You can’t give up
When you’re lookin’ for a diamond in the rough
Because you never know when it shows up
Make sure you’re holdin’ 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.
Somebody else that feels the same somewhere.
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there.

Nobody wants to be the last one there
And everyone wants to feel like someone cares.
Somebody else that feels the same somewhere.
There’s gotta be somebody for me out there.

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