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Olivia Rodrigo Reveals the Meaning of 'Drivers License' Follow-Up Song 'Deja Vu' - Listen & Read the Lyrics!

Olivia Rodrigo Reveals the Meaning of 'Drivers License' Follow-Up Song 'Deja Vu' - Listen & Read the Lyrics!

Olivia Rodrigo has a big new song out!

Following the record-breaking success of her hit song “Drivers License,” the 18-year-old singer-songwriter just premiered the follow up track, “Deja Vu,” on Thursday (April 1).

On the same day, she joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music to discuss her new single, as well as what she learned from the overwhelming success of “Drivers License.”

Here’s what she had to say…

On success after “Drivers License”: “The success of ‘Driver’s License’ has been a huge lesson in how you just need to, when you put a song out, you just need to let it go. And it’s everyone else’s song to interpret, it’s not your song anymore. So that was great. And I think I really had a lot of people around me that kind of were driving that message home. And I think I really did that with that one. But it is sort of difficult having that be my first song ever, because the success is so immense, it sort of feels like a little bit of pressure to follow it up and hopefully sustain that success. But I’ve had “Déjà Vu” picked out for months. I think we decided really last year, maybe like September or something. And so that was always nice to have that picked out.”

Click inside to see what else she said…

On the meaning of “Deja Vu”: “I actually wrote it about a month after writing ‘Driver’s License.’ So I wrote out a really long time ago, I mean, relatively. But I’m sort of obsessed with the concept of déjà vu. Like I really love that concept, I get déjà vu all the time. And so I thought it would be a cool play on words to use déjà Vu as a metaphor for this very universal thing that happens when you break up with someone and they get with somebody else, and see them living the life that you lived…yeah, it’s just a super universal thing that I think happens to everyone that we just don’t really talk about a ton. So I had this line in my phone written for like a while. It says, ‘When she’s with you, do you get déjà vu?’ And so I was in the studio with Dan who’s my producer and main collaborator, just my favorite guy ever. We were actually trying to write something else. I think we’re trying to write like a sad song or something and it just wasn’t coming, and he’s like, ‘What else do you have?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I have this line,’ I just have song lyrics written on my notes app for days. And so I was like, ‘Oh, I have this line written,’ and he really liked it. And so we kind of wrote it together and kind of created this whole world. And I really love painting pictures with songs.”

On why she decided it should be a follow-up: “It was really important to me and to my team that we didn’t just put out another ballad after ‘Drivers License.’ You know what I mean? We wanted to show that I am a very versatile songwriter, and I love all different types of music, and I create all different types of music. And so we had picked out ‘Déjà Vu’ to be the second single after ‘Drivers License,’ we’ve had that picked out for months. And so, yeah, it was sort of just a natural progression, I think it’s a nice introduction to all of the other things that I can do.

Listen and read the lyrics to “Deja Vu”!

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