Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Deja Vu’: thoughts on the song and video


Zachary Nicholas

The song was released in the beginning of the month, and has been a hit since.

Renna Popli, Junior Editor

In January, 2021, Olivia Rodrigo broke the internet with her hit song ‘Driver’s License.’ On April 1st she dropped her new song ‘Deja Vu,’ and it was no April Fool’s joke. 

Rodrigo has fascinated us all once more with her artistic music videos and her relatable, heart wrenching songs. In the video, she is featured driving an old-timey convertible and eating ice cream. The lyrics describe dates she’s gone on with her ex-lover, saying “Car rides to Malibu/Strawberry ice cream/One spoon for two/And trading jackets.” 

She pulls up to an ivy-covered home and peeks in the window to see a girl (played by Talia Ryder) dancing around in a green dress. She drives away only to arrive home and put on the same dress, singing the lyrics to the chorus:“So when you gonna tell her/That we did that too?/She thinks it special/But it’s so reused.”

Rodrigo sings “When she’s with you/do you get deja vu?” before a psychedelic beat-drop and a clip of her walking into a room full of old-fashioned televisions. The boxy screens show videos of this new girl in colorful and romantic locations. Rodrigo goes on to sing “Do you call her?/Almost say my name/’Cause let’s be honest/We kinda do sound the same.” The video begins to show her in all the places the new girl is pictured–proving that her ex is taking his new girlfriend to all the places that he went with Rodrigo. 

At this point, Rodrigo seemingly alludes to the dramatic love-triangle between her and actors Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter with the shady lyric “Another actress/I’d hate to think that I was just your type.” 

The chorus repeats, this time with clips showing the two young women mirroring one another, repeating each others’ actions, and staring at each other. The music gets louder and more frantic, and Rodrigo’s expression becomes increasingly concerned. 

Suddenly, the girl on the screens turns and waves as the bridge repeats lyrics from earlier in the song: “Strawberry ice cream in Malibu/Don’t act like we didn’t do that sh*t too/You’re trading jackets like we used to do/Yeah everything is all reused.” Rodrigo is shown standing up, grabbing a baseball bat, and shattering the screens to pieces. She breaks all but one, which is showing the new girl pictured as Rodrigo was at the beginning of the video. 

When the video seemingly comes to an end, the song starts over. The music and scenery are the same, but Rodrigo is no longer driving the car, and the new girl has officially replaced her and given the viewers a sense of deja vu. 

The exciting and psychedelic video coupled with the catchy and relatable music has captured viewers and left us all excited for her new album, which she announced the same day ‘Deja Vu’ dropped. The talented Olivia Rodrigo has taken the world by storm again, and there is more to come.