The first time I heard this hypnotic track was on Rihanna’s ANTI album. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I found out it was a cover for Tame Impala’s song, ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes.’ Tame Impala is a psychedelic rock band and this song is from their album Currents. I remember watching the official video of the song and just being confused/ sucked into a world of kaleidoscopic chaos (you’ll understand when you watch the video). Since Rihanna didn’t bother changing the lyrics of this song, I suppose they could both share ownership.

[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
One by one every trait
I tried but it’s way too late
All the signs I don’t read
Two sides of me can’t agree
Will I be in too deep?
Going with what I always longed for

This song is of two parts. Depending on how you choose to look at it, it can be an individual talking to friends who are responding; a juxtaposition of positive and negative thoughts of love, or just a battle with oneself. It starts off with an acceptance of the criticism that is expected. I know the world would judge the hypocrisy of my actions but I’m fine with it. The bigger problems are when two sides of you cannot agree. It’s a mental struggle that every one of us can relate with.

[Chorus]

Feel like a brand new person
(But you’ll 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’ll 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

If you have ever been in love before, especially in a dysfunctional or toxic relationship, then you would relate. On a general note, love has been known to defeat logic. It is what births that internal conflict that we often see as conflict between the brain and the heart. On making the same mistakes, we know it’s a mistake because we’ve made them before. Here, your friends know it wouldn’t end well, you know it wouldn’t end well, yet you cannot seem to stop. With the mistakes that come with love, you could be repeatedly trying to make a wrong relationship work, or you could be going into another relationship that has all the features of the wrong one you’re coming from. Who can relate?

[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
The 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

Then again, it might be worth the fight. You’ll never know unless you try. It feels right. It could be wrong. It’s fake. Well, maybe fake’s what I like. It’s not going to last. But nothing else matters right now. The feeling right now is better than the possibility of pain or the future that defines now as a mistake.

source: Genius

[Bridge]

Man, 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 a guess
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

At this point, the opposing side, or friends, or inner critic attempts to enumerate the problems. We’ve all got our demons, we’ve got flaws; there is only so far our faith in what we feel now can take us. It might be hard to digest, but things would stay the same unless there is a drastic change.

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 that the only option)
Feel like a brand new person
I finally know what it’s like
(Stop thinking that the only option)
So how will I know I’ve gone too far?
(Stop thinking that the only option)
And I know it’s hard to describe
(Stop thinking that the only option)
So how will I know that it’s right?

It is not until the last verse that he comes to terms with his problems. How do I change for the better? How would I know when to stop? What do I do to make it right? The theme of all songs on the album ‘Currents’ is personal advancement.  This song explains the reality of chaos. Internal conflict. It could be in relation to loving wrongly, or being a bad person, or being in an abusive relationship, or one where you’re just unsure of the direction of your life. It is where you keep making wrong decisions because those are the only kinds of decisions you know how to. Consciously setting fires and walking into traps you set for yourself. How do you find yourself in a world of chaos?

Kevin Parker put it this way to NME:

“That’s the last chapter; It’s like the final battle – or the final stand-off between optimism and pessimism. You feel like you’ve evolved into a new person but at the same time you’ve gone full circle. You feel like this brand-new person but in the end, nothing’s been changed because you’re making the same mistakes.”

From someone who watches a lot of Bojack Horseman and still struggles with defining who she is, this song was easy for me to connect with – let’s not even get into the love saga. Anyway, check the song out and let me know what message you pick from it. Personally, I think it’s plain insane.

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Ejiro Lawretta Egba is a young chartered accountant and writer from Nigeria. She holds a degree in Accounting and is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. She is currently a Financial Analyst for a private equity firm in Nigeria, a ghost writer, and a writer/contributor for a number of websites and platforms, both home and abroad. With an immense passion for knowledge acquisition, she seeks to contribute her own quota to the African community and beyond. For info and inquiries, contact via: lawrettawritesbookreviews@yahoo.com

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