The Lyrics to Olivia Rodrigo's Song "Deja Vu" May Include a Subtle Nod to Her Ex Joshua Bassett

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Olivia Rodrigo is back and she's following up her record breaking song, "Drivers License" with her new track "Deja Vu." The song and music video dropped today and fans are already dissecting the heck out of the lyrics.

"Deja Vu" is all about Olivia's ex's new relationship, which seems eerily similar to her old one. Of course, because of the love triangle Olivia was previously embroiled in, many jumped to the conclusion that "Deja Vu" is also about Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter like "Driver's License." It seems like, though, the song isn't inspired by any actual relationship at all.

"I get deja vu all the time," Olivia told American Songwriter. "I thought it’d be interesting to write a song, using deja vu, about how sometimes when somebody moves on in a relationship and they get with a new partner, you watch it and you’re like, 'oh my gosh, that was all of the stuff that I did.' I think that’s a really relatable, universal thing."

Just keep that in mind as you check out the lyrics to "Deja Vu" below, provided by Genius. Then, we can decide for ourselves if this story is "completely made up" like Olivia claims.

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

It's funny that the first line of the song talks about car rides, considering it's the followup to Olivia's smash hit, "Drivers License."

[Pre-Chorus]
So when you gonna tell her
That we did that too? She thinks it's special
But it's all re-used
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 deja vu when she's with you?
Do you get deja vu? (Huh)
Do you get deja vu, huh?

[Verse 2]
What do you call her? Almost say my name
'Cause let's be honest, they 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 singing it together
Now I bet you even tell her how you love her
In between the chorus and the verse

Billy Joel is mentioned a few times in this song. It's important to note that both Olivia and her ex, Joshua, seem to be fans of the artist and Joshua has even covered his song, "Vienna."

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

[Chorus]
Do you get deja vu when she's with you?
Do you get deja vu? (Huh)
Do you get deja vu, huh?

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

In a livestream before the premiere of the song, Olivia said the bridge is her favorite part. "Love a good bridge," she said. Notably the bridge of "Driver's License" was praised heavily in a skit on Saturday Night Live.

[Outro]
I know you get deja vu
I know you get deja vu
I know you get deja vu

OK, so this one might not be totally about Joshua and Sabrina, but there could definitely be some little references here and there. There's no way that Billy Joel thing is a coincidence.

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