Same Old Same Old

Album: The Civil Wars (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This bittersweet tune represents to Civil Wars member Joy Williams, "the ache of monogamy." She explained: "This isn't an 'I'm leaving you' song. It's a vulnerable confession of 'I don't want to leave. I want to work on this - with you.'"

    "Having said that," she continued, "someone once told me a story about long-term relationships: to think of them as a continent to explore. I could spend a lifetime backpacking through Africa, and I would still never know all there is to know about that continent. To stay the course, to stay intentional, to stay curious and connected -- that's the heart of it. But it's so easy to lose track of the trail, to get tired, to want to give up, or to want a new adventure. It can be so easy to lose sight of the goodness and mystery within the person sitting right in front of you. That continent idea inspires me, and makes the ache when it comes hurt a little less. To know that it happens to all of us. What I'm realizing now is that sometimes the 'same old same old' can actually be rich, worthwhile and a great adventure."

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