The lyrics detail Rodrigo’s heartbreak at finally passing her driving test, after months of dreaming of being able to drive to her boyfriend’s house – only to find herself betrayed and single.
“Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me,” she sings over a mournful piano. “‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street.”
Speaking to Apple Music earlier this week, she said writing the song was a hugely emotional process.
“I was driving around my neighbourhood, actually listening to really sad songs and crying in the car, and I got home, and I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll write a song about this, crying in the car. So I just sat down at my piano and plucked out some chords that I liked.”
She continued, “It kind of happened that way but it was really like natural and organic, like, very much me writing in the depth of my emotion and I think that’s apparent.”
OK, but what’s the real story?
Why has the song done so well?
What does Olivia have to say about her success?
“It’s quite insane,” the singer told Zane Lowe. “Drivers License is my first single [and] I didn’t really expect it to chart or do anything, I was just so happy with it.
“So the fact that it’s number one in the world right now is absolutely mind-blowing. I can’t believe any of it.”
The 17-year-old was also presented with a Number One Award by the UK’s Official Charts company on Friday, and sent a video message to everyone who bought and streamed the song.
“I just want to say thank you guys so much. It means the world to me that you guys are listening to and loving Drivers License.”