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"Old Me" is a song recorded by Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. It was written by Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt, Brian Lee, Louis Bell, and Andre Proctor. Production was handled by Louis Bell, Andrew Watt, and Dre Moon. The song was released via Interscope Records on 6 March 2020, as the fourth single on their fourth studio album, CALM.

Background and releaseEdit

"That song, lyrically, it’s about owning mistakes and moving forward with your life and understanding that you're not the person that you were when you were younger, but also you have to do these things and make mistakes to move forward and grow as a person."[1]

The song was first teased on February 19, 2020 on Twitter, along with a picture which features each member from when they were younger.

LyricsEdit

Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me
Glad you didn't listen when the world was trying to slow me
No one could control me, left my lovers lonely
Had to fuck it up before I really got to know me

Never a night alone, anywhere you wanna go
Woke up in the mornin' wearin' someone else's clothes
Pictures in my phone with people I don't know
Woke up in the mornin', how the hell'd I make it home?

And they wondered how long I could keep it up
While I wondered if I'd ever, if I'd ever get enough
And I did some shit I never should've done, eh-eh
I would do it over now, I'd do it over

Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me
Glad you didn't listen when the world was trying to slow me
No one could control me, left my lovers lonely
Had to fuck it up before I really got to know me, eh-eh
All of the mistakes I made, I made, I made, I made
Whatever the price I paid, I paid, I paid, I paid
Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me
Had to fuck it up before I let you get to know me

Another round, here we go, going in blow for blow
Look into the mirror, take the punches that I throw
I'm constantly reminded of all the compromises
By the people from my past who have a hard time letting go, yeah

And they wondered how long I could keep it up
While I wondered if I'd ever, if I'd ever get enough
And I did some shit I never should've done, eh-eh
I would do it over now, I'd do it over

Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me
Glad you didn't listen when the world was trying to slow me
No one could control me, left my lovers lonely
Had to fuck it up before I really got to know me, eh-eh
All of the mistakes I made, I made, I made, I made
Whatever the price I paid, I paid, I paid, I paid
Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me
Had to fuck it up before I let you get to know me, eh-eh

Devil at my door
Got me knockin', knockin', knockin' on the other side
Ashes on the floor
But I'm walkin', walkin', walkin' outta here alive

Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me
Glad you didn't listen when the world was trying to slow me (The world was trying to slow me, yeah)
No one could control me, left my lovers lonely (Lonely)
Had to fuck it up before I really got to know me, eh-eh
All of the mistakes I made, I made, I made, I made
Whatever the price I paid, I paid, I paid, I paid (Yeah)
Shout out to the old me and everything you showed me (Yeah, the old me)
Had to fuck it up before I let you get to know me, eh-eh

Music videoEdit

A music video for Old Me premiered on Youtube on 10 March 2020.

5 Seconds of Summer - Old Me (Official Video)

5 Seconds of Summer - Old Me (Official Video)

ReferencesEdit

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