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“Same Mistakes”
Upallnight
Information
Album

Up All Night

Released

November 18, 2011 (UK)
March 13, 2012 (US)

Format

Digital download, CD

Recorded

2011

Length

3:37

Writers

Steve Robson, Wayne Hector, Harry Styles, Liam Payne,
Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis
Tomlinson
,

Producer

Steve Robson

Same Mistakes is a song by One Direction from their debut album, Up All Night. It is the eleventh track and is available on all editions of their album.

Lyrically, "Same Mistakes" is a song is about a boy and a girl who love each other deeply but can never make it work.

Background

"Same Mistakes", is a mid-tempo pop song, which utilizes piano lines, synthesizers and percussions.[1][2]

"Same Mistakes" was written by Steve Robson and Wayne Hector, along with Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson. It was produced by Steve Robson. This song was also a part of the Up All Night Tour.

This song has a very "OneRepublic" feel to it in its production value as well as singing timbre. The boys' voices take on a very Ryan Tedder quality in its upper and mid range tessitura voicings. This is especially heard in the part where Liam sings "Don't look back, but if we don't look back...".

From the the tempo and drum track beat rhythms at the beginning, to when the first solo verse comes in, then to the lyrical chorus, the feel is very OneRepublic and this song fits as quite a tribute to a band that One Direction have said they have tremendous respect for. They boys have gone on to say in an interview, that they tried to pay tribute and homage to some of their favorite bands through various song stylings on this album. And that this song is a tribute to Ryan Tedder and the boys of OneRepublic.

Lyrics

 
[Harry]
Circles, we’re going in circles
Dizzy’s all it makes us
We know where it takes us
We've been before
Closer, maybe looking closer
There's more to discover
Find out what went wrong without blaming each other

[Zayn]
Think that we got more time
When we’re falling behind
Gotta make up our minds

[All]
Or else we'll play, play, play all the same old games
And we wait, wait, wait for the end to change
And we take, take, take it for granted that we’ll be the same
But we're making all the same mistakes

[Liam]
Wake up, we both need to wake up
Maybe if we face up to this
We can make it through this
Closer, maybe we'll be closer
Stronger than we were before, yeah
Make this something more, yeah

[Zayn]
Think that we got more time
When we’re falling behind
Gotta make up our minds

[All]
Or else we'll play, play, play all the same old games
And we wait, wait, wait for the end to change
And we take, take, take it for granted that we’ll be the same
But we're making all the same mistakes

Yeah, yeah, that's what crazy is
When it's broken, you say there's nothing to fix
And you pray, pray, pray that everything will be okay
While you're making all the same mistakes

[Liam]
Don't look back
But if we don't look back
We’re only learning then
How to make all same mis-, same mistakes again

[All]
So we play, play, play all the same old games (same mistakes)
And we wait, wait, wait for the end to change (when nothing's gonna change)
And we take, take, take it for granted that we’ll be the same (well nothing's gonna be the same)
But we're making all the same mistakes

Yeah, yeah, that's what crazy is (crazy is)
When it's broken, you say there's nothing to fix (there's nothing to fix)
And you pray, pray, pray that everything will be okay (everything will be okay)
While you're making all the same mistakes

References

  1. Up All Night Review
  2. Up All Night - One Direction

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