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[Verse 1]
Car rides to Malibu
Strawberry ice cream, one spoon for two
And tradin’ jackets
Laughin’ ’bout how small it looks on you
(Ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, ha-ha-ha-ha)
Watching reruns of Glee
Bein’ annoying, singin’ in harmony
I bet she’s braggin’ to all her friends, sayin’ you’re so unique, hmm

[Pre-Chorus]
So when you gonna tell her that we did that, too?
She thinks it’s special, but it’s all reused
That was our place, I found it first
I made the jokes you tell to her when she’s with you

[Chorus]
Do you get déjà vu when she’s with you?
Do you get déjà vu? (Ah), hmm
Do you get déjà vu, huh?

[Verse 2]
Do you call her, almost say my name?
’Cause let’s be honest, we kinda do sound the same
Another actress
I hate to think that I was just your type
And I bet that she knows Billy Joel
’Cause you played her “Uptown Girl”
You’re singin’ it together
Now I bet you even tell her how you love her
In between the chorus and the verse (Ooh; I love you)

[Pre-Chorus]
So when you gonna tell her that we did that, too?
She thinks it’s special, but it’s all reused
That was the show we talked about
Played you the songs she’s singing now when she’s with you

[Chorus]
Do you get déjà vu when she’s with you?
Do you get déjà vu? (Oh-oh)
Do you get déjà vu?

[Bridge]
Strawberry ice cream in Malibu
Don’t act like we didn’t do that shit, too
You’re tradin’ jackets like we used to do
(Yeah, everything is all reused)
Play her piano, but she doesn’t know (Oh, oh)
That I was the one who taught you Billy Joel (Oh)
A different girl now, but there’s nothing new

[Outro]
I know you get déjà vu
I know you get déjà vu
I know you get déjà vu“deja vu” is the second single from Olivia Rodrigo’s upcoming debut studio album, SOUR, and her first release since the breakout success of her debut single, “drivers license.” This song finds Olivia at a different stage than its predecessor, with her beginning to move on from heartbreak. Olivia questions both the authenticity of her ex’s new relationship, as well as their emotions for their new girl. She also portrays feelings of pity towards this new girl, who is not experiencing anything unique with her now-lover.Despite sharing similar themes, “deja vu” is musically different from “drivers license,” with a more upbeat melody. It shows influences from Taylor Swift, both melodically and lyrically, especially in the bridge and outro. The music video shows Olivia spying on another woman—played by actress Talia Ryder—and emulating her life out of adoration, including wearing nearly identical clothing, traveling to the same locations, and copying her actions. Eventually, the woman makes it known that she was aware of Olivia’s stalkery the entire time, and taunts her, leaving Olivia enraged.In the week preceding its release, Olivia cleared all of her posts on her Instagram account and began posting a series of cryptic videos, showing various clips on an analog television. Three of these teasers were shared before the official announcement of the song on March 29, 2021. The day before its release, Olivia posted an acoustic snippet of the song on TikTok.I had this single picked out in September [2020] … so it sort of took the pressure off for me of following up “drivers license” since we planned this so far in advance. But it’s definitely not like “drivers license” at all, which I’m really happy about. I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself into this category of “sad ballad girl” thing. It’s definitely a little different, and sort of weird. I really hope that people like it, and even if they don’t, that’s cool too though, because I loved making it.I’m sort of obsessed with the concept of deja vu, like I really love that concept. I get deja vu all the time. So, I thought it would be a cool like play on words to kind of use deja vu as a metaphor for like how, it’s a very universal thing that happens. You break up with someone, and they get with somebody else, and you kind of see them living the life you lived with them. […] It’s this super universal thing that happens to everyone that we just don’t talk about a ton.I had this like line in my phone written for like a while “when she’s with you, do you get deja vu?” I was in the studio with Dan, and we were trying to write like a sad song, but it just wasn’t coming. So he’s like “What else do you have?” and I was like “I have this like line written” and he really liked it. So we kind of wrote it together, and created this whole like world. I really love painting pictures with songs, so we’ve tried to be really vivid with the lyrics.In a March 2021 interview, Olivia was asked to describe her next single in three words, to which she replied: “more upbeat than ‘drivers license,’ clever, and dreamy.” Later that month, she shared multiple cryptic videos of clips being played on an analog television:After “deja vu” was announced, Olivia partnered with Spotify to tease the song. The campaign included mailing personalized gifts containing unique lyrical snippets to ten of Olivia’s top listeners, who were encouraged to share it online to help reveal the song’s lyrics.Lastly, on the day before its release, Olivia posted an acoustic snippet of the song on TikTok and a sneak peek of the music video on Instagram.I’m obsessed with Killing Eve, it is my favorite show ever. I’m like obsessed with Jodie Comer, she’s incredible and I love that show so much. So I wanted to do a Killing Eve-esque video, that’s like female stalkery.— Olivia via Instagram LiveInspired by everything from Ingrid Goes West, Persona, 3 Women, Killing Eve, surveillance, and stalking. Shout out to all the it-girls in high school whose identities I tried to emulate.— Director Allie Avital via instagram“deja vu” debuted and peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 during the week ending April 17, 2021. Olivia became the first artist in history to have their first two singles debut in the top ten.Olivia performed “deja vu” live for the first time on MTV Push on May 3, 2021:

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I wrote this song with my friend Dan Nigro last fall and I’m so stoked to finally share it with you all. It’s a lot different than “drivers license” lyrically, musically, and melodically, which is super exciting to me.via Olivia’s newsletter

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