Song of the Day #4,446: ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’ – Rihanna

‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’ is the ninth track on Rihanna’s excellent 2016 album Anti. After releasing seven albums in eight years, Rihanna took her time before releasing Anti, waiting four years after 2012’s Unapologetic to drop this record.

The approach worked, with Anti generating the best reviews of her career and producing four hit singles.

It’s been another four years since Anti‘s release and, despite rumors about her ninth studio album, there’s no indication yet of when we might hear it.

I didn’t realize until today that ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes,’ Anti‘s ninth track, is a cover of Tame Impala, a psychedelic rock project based in Austin. Not only did Rihanna cover the song (listen to the original here), she used the existing musical track and simply dropped her own vocals on top.

[Verse 1]
I can just hear them now
“How could you let us down?”
But they don’t know what I found
Or see it from this way around
Feeling it overtake
All that I used to hate
Worried ’bout every trait
I tried but it’s way too late
All the signs I don’t read
Two sides of me can’t agree
When I breathe in too deep
Going with what I always longed for

[Chorus 1]
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
Well, I don’t care I’m in love
(Stop before it’s too late)
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I finally know what it’s like
(You don’t have what it takes)
(Stop before it’s not too late)
(I know there’s too much at stake)
(Making the same mistakes)
And I still don’t know why it’s happening
(Stop while it’s not too late)
And I still don’t know

[Verse 2]
Finally taking flight
I know you don’t think it’s right
I know that you think it’s fake
Maybe fake’s what I like
Point is I have the right
Not thinking in black and white
I’m thinking it’s worth the fight
Soon to be out of sight
Knowing it all this time
Going with what I always longed for

[Chorus 1]
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I don’t care I’m in love
(Stop before it’s too late)
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
So how do I know that it’s right?
(You don’t have what it takes)
(Stop before it’s not too late)

[Bridge]
And I know that it’s hard to digest
But maybe your story ain’t so different from the rest
And I know it seems wrong to accept
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets
And I know that it’s hard to digest
A realization is as good as it gets
And I know it seems wrong to accept
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets

[Chorus 2]
Feel like a brand new person
So, how will I know that it’s right?
In a new direction
So, how will I know I’ve gone too far?
(Stop thinking you’re the only option, oh)
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I finally know what it’s like
(Stop before it’s too late)
(Stop thinking you’re the only option, oh)
In a new direction
(But you make the same old mistakes)
So how will I know I’ve gone too far?
(You don’t have what it takes)
(Stop before it’s too late)
(Stop thinking you’re the only option, oh)
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
And I know it’s hard to describe
(Stop thinking you’re the only option, oh)
(But you make the same old mistakes)
(You don’t have what it takes)
(Stop before it’s too late)
I finally know what it’s like
(Stop before it’s too late)
(Stop thinking you’re the only option, oh)
(Stop thinking you’re the only option, oh)

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,446: ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’ – Rihanna

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This is a nice evolution from her earlier work.

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