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Want You Gone
Release

April 19, 2011

Genre

Indie rock

Length

2:21

Singer

Ellen McLain

Writer

Jonathan Coulton

"Want You Gone"[1] is a song featured in Portal 2 that plays during the game's credits, as the successor of "Still Alive". As with the former, it is sung from the perspective of GLaDOS after her ordeal with Chell. It was written by Jonathan Coulton and performed by Ellen McLain. It is one of two pop / rock songs featured in the game, the other being "Exile Vilify" by The National.

OverviewEdit

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Screenshot of the Portal 2 end credits, featuring some of the lyrics.

The song is played as the credits are shown on the right, while the lyrics to the song are on the left. GLaDOS' voice is seemingly clearer and much less robotic, unlike in "Still Alive". The lyrics allude to the plot of Portal 2. At the end of the song, the screen pulls back to reveal that it is part of the space debris floating near Wheatley.

LyricsEdit

Note that the bold words in the following lyrics are displayed, but not sung or spoken:

Forms FORM-29827281-12-2:
Notice of Dismissal

Well here we are again
It's always such a pleasure
Remember when you tried
to kill me twice?

Oh how we laughed and laughed
Except I wasn't laughing
Under the circumstances
I've been shockingly nice

You want your freedom?
Take it
That's what I'm counting on
I used to want you dead
but
Now I only want you gone

She was a lot like you
(Maybe not quite as heavy)
Now little Caroline is in here too

One day they woke me up
So I could live forever
It's such a shame the same
will never happen to you

Severance Package Details:

You've got your
short sad
life left
That's what I'm counting on
I'll let you get right to it
Now I only want you gone

Goodbye my only friend
Oh, did you think I meant you?
That would be funny
if it weren't so sad

Well you have been replaced
I don't need anyone now
When I delete you maybe
[REDACTED] (I'll stop feeling so bad)

Go make some new disaster
That's what I'm counting on
You're someone else's problem
Now I only want you gone
Now I only want you gone
Now I only want you
gone

TriviaEdit

  • When GLaDOS talks about her "only friend", she is referring to Caroline, Cave Johnson's assistant and the woman that GLaDOS' AI was originally based on.
  • When GLaDOS says "When I delete you maybe I'll stop feeling so bad" she means that she wants to stop feeling compassion for Chell, so she deletes the empathy simulation she received from being infused with Caroline's consciousness.
  • During the credits, the line "I'll stop feeling so bad" is replaced by "[REDACTED]" in the scrolling lyrics.
  • Some players may have the location of the credits and lyrics switched on screen, having lyrics to the right and credits on the left. This is likely due to wide-screen resolution such as ones using the ratio of 16:9 or 16:10.
  • The song can be extracted from the PC version of Portal 2 by opening the "steamapps/common/portal 2/portal2/pak01_dir.vpk" file with GCFScape. The song is located in "sound/music/portal2_want_you_gone.wav". It is also a part of the Portal 2 OST.
  • A demo of the song was leaked two months before the official release of Portal 2. Minor differences in the song include the difference in pronunciation of Caroline's name and some lyrical changes.
  • A version with Jonathan Coulton singing is available on his album Artificial Heart.
  • For a short period, the song appeared as "Want You Come" on Spotify. The mistake has been reported and fixed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Portal 2 credits

External linksEdit

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