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"Old Ways" is a song by Demi Lovato which appears as the third track on her fifth album, "Confident".

Background

On October 1, 2015, Demi shared the snippet of the song during the Confident scavenger hunt.[1]

“Old Ways” was revealed as the third song from the album. It list and references the emotional and physical issues that Demi addressed in rehab in 2010.

Demi: The first thing I think about is going back to a time when I was engaging in self-destructive behaviors, but it’s also like, now being at an age where I’ll go out to a club and I’ll look around the room, and there’s a bunch of people drinking, partying… it looks glamorous.
In that moment, I may think, ‘You know, it’s been a long time. Maybe I don’t have a problem anymore.’ Or ‘They look like they’re having so much fun.’ I easily remember how dangerous that spiral is, when you’re the type of person that lets it take over your life.
When you look forward and you write a new chapter in your book, that’s when the story really begins.[2]

Lyrics

It was fun playin' with knives
Until a blade
Stuck in the left side of my chest
Surprise
And I'm down again, I turn the page
The story's mine
No more watchin' the world from my doorstep
Passin' me by

And I just keep changin'
These colors, colors, colors, colors
I'm not in the same place
That I was, I was, I was, I was

But if somebody tells me
I'll go back to my old ways
I'm gonna say no way
I'm out of the doorway
I'm hearin' them all say
I'll go back to my old ways
Not goin' back to my old ways

Not goin' back to my old ways
(Not goin' back to my old ways)

Now I know what's good for me
All that I need
And I can't wait to sink my teeth in
And take another bite
And the best part about it
Is I'm the only who can do somethin' about it
I fill the well with some water, it's overflowin'
Black into gold
Who knew it'd be so bright without the blindfolds

And I just keep changin'
These colors, colors, colors, colors
I'm not in the same place
That I was, I was, I was, I was

But if somebody tells me
I'll go back to my old ways
I'm gonna say no way
I'm out of the doorway
I'm hearin' them all say
I'll go back to my old ways
Not goin' back to my old ways

Not goin' back to my old ways
(Not goin' back to my old ways)

Every scar
The flames burn the mark
I'm not afraid to fall
I'm spiraling
I'm spiraling
I pass the stars
I'm not burning out
I'm not afraid to fall
I'm not afraid anymore

And I just keep changin' my colors
These colors, colors, colors, colors
I'm not in the same place that I was, I was

And the best part about it
Is I'm the only who can do somethin' about it
I fill the well with some water, it's overflowin'
Black into gold
Who knew it'd be so bright without the blindfolds

And I just keep changin'
These colors, colors, colors, colors
I'm not in the same place
That I was, I was, I was, I was

But if somebody tells me
I'll go back to my old ways
I'm gonna say no way
I'm out of the doorway
I'm hearin' them all say
I'll go back to my old ways
Not goin' back to my old ways

Audio

Demi Lovato - Old Ways (Audio Only)03:26

Demi Lovato - Old Ways (Audio Only)

References

  1. https://www.instagram.com/p/8RVROLuKgF/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODV_BwDCQL8
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Oct 16, 2015 • 38:59 • Island • Safehouse • Hollywood
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