"Deja Vu" as written by and George Duke....
Bass
Uh
Hi hat
Uh
808
Uh
Jay
Uh huh
Ready?
Uh huh
Let's go get 'em
Uh huh, come on

I used to run base like Juan Pierre
Now I run the bass, hi hat, and the snare
I used to bag girls like Birken Bags
Now I bag B (Boy, you hurtin' that)
Brooklyn Bay where they birthed me at
Now I be everywhere, the nerve of rap
The audacity to have me whipping curtains back
Me and B, she about to sting
Stand back

Baby, seems like everywhere I go
I see you, from your eyes, your smile
It's like I breathe you; helplessly I reminisce
Don't want to compare nobody to you

Boy, I try to catch myself
But I'm out of control
Your sexiness is so appealing
I can't let it go, oh

You know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu
Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu

Seeing things that I know can't be
Am I dreaming? When I saw you walking past me
Almost called your name
Got a better glimpse and then I looked away
Feels like I'm losing it

Boy, I try to catch myself
But I'm out of control
Your sexiness is so appealing
I can't let it go, oh

Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu
Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu

Yes, Hova's flow so unusual
Baby girl, you should already know
It's H-O, light up the dro'
'Cause you gon' need help tryin' to study my bounce
Flow, blow--what's the difference?
One you take in vein while the other you sniffin'
It's still dough--po-po try to convict him
That's a no-go; my dough keep the scales tipping
Like four-fours, like I'm from the H-O-U-S-T-O-N
Blow, wind so Chicago of him
Is he the best ever? That's the argument
I don't make the list; don't be mad at me
I just make the hits like a factory
I'm just one-to-one, nothin' after me
No déjà vu, just me and my, oh

Baby, I can't go anywhere
Without thinking that you're there
Seems like you're everywhere, it's true
Gotta be having déjà vu
'Cause in my mind I want you here
Get on the next plane; I don't care
Is it because I'm missing you
That I'm having déjà vu?

Boy, I try to catch myself
But I'm out of control
Your sexiness is so appealing
I can't let it go

Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu
Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu

Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu
Know that I can't get over you
'Cause everything I see is you
And I don't want no substitute
Baby, I swear it's déjà vu


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"Deja Vu" as written by Rodney Roy Jerkins Shawn Carter

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  • +2
    General CommentThe funk bassline is the shit.

    And the way I see the song, in keeping with the storyline of the album, is that she's infatuated with a man and can't get him out of her head. It's literally driving her insane, which would explain how she's going so wild in the video, especially with the "shake the devil off" dance. It's also represented by the heightened vocals in the bridge. Of course Jay's part is kinda him being indifferent to her advances - also represented in the video.

    The use of "Déjà Vu" is also incorrect, since what's described are hallucinations.
    Ian-samaon August 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I'm the first one to write.
    The meaning is pretty obvious, so this is really a review.
    I read an alternate version of the lyrics more suited to the name of the song, but the lyrics themselves are decent. The real sense of "déjà vu" is in regards to Beyoncé's earlier hit "Crazy In Love." The similarities are obvious, though I also notice similarity to Christina Aguilera's new song "Ain't No Other Man."
    While I prefer this, Christina definitely has the superior voice. Beyoncé's vocals sound strained.
    I also have to frown upon the repetition of the "Crazy in Love" formula, though I did enjoy this. I actually prefer this chorus to the nearly identical "Crazy in Love" one, since I always had the feeling the music was racing towards some great climax it never reached.
    I'm sure this will be hugely popular, and I have no complaints about that. It's definitely catchy, though I'm still waiting for Beyoncé to show her true vocal talents (which she hasn't done since the Destiny's Child song "Soldier.")
    On a final note, I REALLY wish Jay-Z wasn't here. In "Crazy In Love," his meaningless rap was catchy and thus bearable. But he definitely detracted from this song.
    SMUSER17002421on June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way, some of these lyrics are incorrect. Mostly Jay-Z's.
    SMUSER17002421on June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitely catchy, but I have an ambivalent attitude towards this. The brass instruments add power to the song. Unfortunately, Beyonce's voice doesn't. Beyonce seems to try too hard with it; she yells more than she sings. It's really reminiscent of "Crazy in Love," and I do enjoy the "sequel" concept of this song. I agree with the person above me, Jay-Z's rap didn't add anything to the song. Beyonce can definitely sing, but she hasn't shown her true vocal talent for quite a while.
    RISSexYon July 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song. It's actually (in my opinion) the best song of the decade....let's give a round of applause for beyonce. Finally can record something decent and less obvious...
    loop-to-loopon July 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is 808 at the beggining for?? What the heck does 808 mean??!!
    kebon July 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm guessing that 808 is a drum set. When Jay-Z says "808," it's just a signal for the drums to kick in.
    RISSexYon July 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe roland 808 is a drum machine. the most famous drum machine of all time?

    patobrienon July 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see 2 scenarios from the lyrics

    One: The relationship is over but she is always reminded of him… and it is kinda self-explanatory with the chorus

    “Can’t let you go, know that I can't get over you, cause everything I see is you and I don't want no substitute Baby I swear it's Déjà vu”
    “Don't want to compare nobody to you” hence “I don't want no substitute”

    Two: The relationship is on the verge of ending and she wants to hold on it… only because the lyrics:

    “Baby I can't go anywhere, without thinkin' that you're there, seems like you're everywhere it's true, Gotta be havin' Déjà vu”


    Yes, no?
    shiv309on July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw the video to this. It was crazy. Beyonce went crazy in the middle of it. It made me laugh a little. You should have seen her thighs. They're like jello.
    loop-to-loopon July 22, 2006   Link

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