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From the album Hot Fuss, Somebody Told Me was a big hit for The Killers in 2004.

Brandon Flowers, David Keuning, Mark Stoermer & Ronnie Vannucci

J's Journal:
Before this song came out, people often asked us why we'd never done a parody about the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50. Actually, way back in our early homemade-cassette days, we did a Bangles parody called "Bought by the Egyptians" and we have another really promising parody about the same topic that's been written and waiting for a decade. That song, "Giver of Dreams," was originally slated for "Wordplay," but we came up with a killer idea for a new treatment of the theme, so we used that instead. Along with "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell," the musical "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was a big inspiration not just for this song, but for all the story songs we do in ApologetiX. Joseph himself is an inspiration to all of us. Though he was mistreated, he tried to look on the bright side, and his faith didn't waiver. Being sold by our own brothers and then falsely branded a criminal by Potiphar's wife probably would make most of us a little hot under the collar. But instead of fussing and fuming, Joseph put his hope in God, even during a long prison stay. Consequently, instead of pushing up daisies, he came out smelling like a rose. I remember getting most of the first verse and chorus of this song while taking my oldest daughter, Janna, to gymnastics classes in Cranberry Township, PA.
Genre: Modern Rock
Length: 3:18

Somebody Sold Me
Parody of "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers
(Genesis 37-50)

Take a ride back to the olden days
17 that’s when I had to ditch this place
And Jacob’s my dad, guess you know his name
He had me named Joseph and gave nice gifts
Anyway, folks, I don’t think you’d like this
Got heavenly clothes and the day I did
I had 11 angry bros, better play nice, kids
Sprang a trap now to bring me back down to size
Never thought I’d meet Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

But somebody sold me -- not Reuben or Benjamin
But Judah and Simeon
Levi, Gad and Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali
Issachar and Asher
Now, I've got my masters

Then I got sold off to someone new
Ran his household but his sleazy wife's untrue
She said to me, Joe, give me just one kiss
I said, for Heaven's sake, no, but she claimed I did
Had me locked down, prison block now for life
Never thought I'd see my dreams come true in all this strife

But someone paroled me by divine appointment
It went like a whirlwind
Then I helped the Pharaoh when he had bad dreams
He thought my potential -- was quite substantial
My life turned-a life turned around

Take a tip from me: I said, maybe things look bleak
But you just don't know now what God is gonna do in time

Yes, somebody sold me 'cause I annoyed them
It looked like my world’s end
Now I have a federal job with the brass here
It's not penitential; it's vice presidential
I boss men-a boss men around

Yes, somebody sold me and broke up our boy band
It felt more like Pearl Jam
Cause I was depressed but now it's a blast here
It was providential and quite essential
My life turned-a life turned around

Yes, somebody sold me, if you haven't listened
I walk like an Egyptian
Cause I had been sent to there in the past, yes
It's right there in Genesis chapter 37, kids
My life turned-a life turned around

Genesis 50:20-21
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

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