same old story

the same old story AND the same old rigmarole (a frequently recurring event or situation) —старая история, старая песня;
≅ Свежо предание!
≅ Не надо ля-ля! (разг.)

Example: It's the same old story--they won't hire you without experience but how can you get experience if you're not hired?(answers.com)

Example: You say you'll pay next week — the same old story!

Origin
Both these expressions originally alluded to a tiresome, rambling discourse but today are used mainly for an irksome recurrence. The first gained currency during World War II with a song, "As Time Goes By," popularized in the film Casablanca {1942} (The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms))