Used to Be

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About Used to Be

"Used to Be" is a song by American dream pop band Beach House from their third studio album, Teen Dream. It was written by lead vocalist and keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally and produced by them along with Chris Coady. The song was released on October 21, 2008 as the album's lead single and features a B-side of a different version of "Apple Orchard", a song which featured on their self-titled debut album. The single version released in 2008 is included on the band's B-Sides and Rarities compilation album, released on June 30, 2017.  


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You are coming home, are you still alone?
Are you not the same as you used to be?
As the sun grows high and you serve your time 
Does each day just feel like another lie?

Now you know, is it just for show?
Just a foolish game that you hide behind?
Don't forget the nights when it all felt right 
Are you not the same as you used to be?

Used to be
Used to be

In an endless night
Could you feel the fright of an age that was and could never be?
So we hold it close when we feel the most 
Like a love that we could not leave behind

Turn the wheel to each way we feel 
'Til I'm lost and I cannot find you there
Don't forget the nights when it all felt right 
Are you not the same as you used to be?

Used to be
Used to be

Coming home any day now
Any day now
Any day now

Coming home any day now
Any day now
Any day now

Coming home any day now
Any day now
Any day now

Any day now

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Beach House

Beach House is a dream pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2004. The band consists of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native, Alex Scally. The group's self-titled debut, Beach House (2006), was critically acclaimed. This was followed by its second release, Devotion, in 2008. The band released its third studio album, Teen Dream in January 2010, to critical acclaim and commercial success.[citation needed] Their fourth album, Bloom, was released in 2012 and garnered positive feedback. more »

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Written by: Alex Kristian Scally, Victoria Garance Alixe Legrand

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21 facts about this song

Song Background
"Used to Be" was released on October 21, 2008 as a single by the American dream pop band Beach House.
Album Appearance
Although it was first released as a single, the song was later included in the band’s third studio album titled "Teen Dream" which was released in 2010.
Song Length
The original single version of the song has a running time of 4 minutes and 02 seconds. However, the album version is a bit longer, as it’s running time is 4 minutes 55 seconds.
Song Composition
"Used to Be", like many other Beach House songs, is known for its hypnotic melodies and lush, atmospheric sound. The song mainly features keyboards, guitar and vocalist Victoria Legrand’s distinctive, haunting voice.
Lyrics Theme
The lyrics of "Used to Be" discuss the themes of nostalgia, changing relationships, and the passing of time.
Music Video
A music video for the song, directed by Matt Amato, was released in November 2009. The video visually complements the song’s nostalgic theme and features band members Legrand and Alex Scally in a variety of settings.
Critical Reception
"Used to Be" received widespread positive reviews from music critics. It was praised for its beautiful melodies, captivating atmosphere, and evocative lyrics, as well as Legrand’s unique vocal delivery.
Music Charts
While "Used to Be" wasn’t a major commercial hit, it did contribute to Beach House's growing popularity in indie circles and helped propel "Teen Dream" to be one of the band’s most successful albums to date.
Live Performances
"Used to Be" is often included in the band’s live setlist and is a fan favorite. One memorable performance of the song took place on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in January 2010.
In 2020, the band announced the release of a comprehensive 7" singles collection which would include "Used To Be" alongside other popular singles.
Genre Classification
"Used to Be" is classified as a dream pop and indie rock song.
Release Date
The song was initially released as a single on October 21, 2008, about a year before it was featured on the band's full-length album.
Album Information
The song was added to the album “Teen Dream” which came out in 2010, fundamentally contributing to the album's success.
Songwriting Credits
Both Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally from the band took the credit for writing the song giving a depth to its emotional tone.
Recording Locations
Beach House recorded "Used to Be" in upstate New York at a converted church called Dreamland Recording Studios.
Song Meaning
The song is often interpreted as a reflection on past relationships and the changes that occur even in deep-seated connections, symbolizing the theme of longing and reminiscence.
Critical Response
"Used to Be" received rave reviews from music critics, who praised its production, songwriting, and the melancholic theme.
Impact on Band's Style
The song showcased the band's gradual shift from their original low-fi, organ-based sound to a more polished, expansive one.
Live Performances
Beach House performed "Used to Be" live on the Late Show with David Letterman in early 2010, exposing their music to a larger audience.
"Used to Be" was instrumental in widening Beach House’s popularity, however, it didn't make a significant impact on major international music charts.
Music Video
The music video of "Used to Be" was directed by Sean Pecknold, showing parts of Beach House's cross country road journey from their starting point in the East Coast of America to the West Coast.

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