"Just the Same But Brand New" as written by and Anne Erin Clark....
The people in the street had overtaken you
By the time you rounded Second Avenue

So I walked away
All perfumed

Felt just the same
But brand new

And anything you wrote I checked for codes and clues
The letters stopped unceremoniously in June

So I changed my I's and A's to yours
I'm just the same but brand new

And I do my best impression of weightlessness, now too
And I might be wrong, I might be wrong, I might be wrong
But honey I believed I could
Float away, dangling
I'm just the same but brand new
To you.


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"Just the Same But Brand New" as written by Anne Erin Clark

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    Song MeaningI love the ephemeral nature of this song. I used to think this song was about moving on from something and probably in away it still is. But from 'checking for codes and clues' to 'I'm just the same but brand new to you' I feel like its about a friendship that slowly blossomed into something more, and the lightness you feel once that happened.
    lamelywishesillon August 17, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningOne of my favorites! I just saw St. Vincent live and she told a story about how she came to write this song: Her friend is an interior designer in NYC and one of her client's was a woman in her 90s and her house hadn't been redone since the 50s so all of the furniture and stuff in her home was all 1950s style. And the woman wanted exact replicas of the furniture and interior, and, as she put it, she wanted it "just the same but brand new".
    MNTwinsfanon October 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It should be the closer, because it has a brilliant climax and then a very long instrumental tone-down. The I feel like "The Sequel" just ruins it.
    zoolahon May 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite St. Vincent song...why aren't there more comments?
    Boournson February 22, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningJust wanted to add that it seems to be about some sort of break-up or dissolution of a friendship because of the line about the letters stopping "unceremoniously in June." Like maybe there was some interest or flirtation, a connection via the letters (checking for codes and clues), but then it just didn't work out for some reason.
    Hewoahon February 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about an attraction to a woman (based on the perfumed line) that either gave mixed signals or it was unrequited. When they no longer spoke she tried to get over her but never could. And maybe the next time she saw her, the other woman didn't acknowledge their past together, pretending to just be an old friend.
    vinnystarduston May 27, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "Float away, dangling"
    leahperon April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaaaaah I dig ya, girlfran
    Lilypoppon November 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinately should have been last song. great album
    Ryanfoolon August 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel this song is about how society (or people, the world, etc) have changed a person, and the changes get slowly even more dramatic. Then, when confronted, the changed responds by saying they haven't changed, when they have incredibly.
    TheBigSkyon March 12, 2012   Link

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