Rihanna, Man Down

Rihanna‘s video to her new single Man Down got banned from MTV and most other video stations. Because it shows how a rape victim kills the rapist by a shot in the head. Until watching the video, I didn’t think the lyrics where to be taken literally, to be honest. I just fancied the rather happy tune and thought that the lyric where ridiculously silly.

“Cause I didn’t mean to hurt him / Could’ve been somebody’s son”… I mean come on, everybody is somebody’s son or daughter. But apart from the lyrics I really liked the song. And now, that they actually get some more meaning to them, i don’t like the song less. Don’t really see why you should ban the video either. It’s actually disirable to tackle more serious topics in pop music. So here is the video.

I didn’t mean to end his life
I know it wasn’t right
I can’t even sleep at night
Can’t get it off my mind
I need to get out of sight
Before I end up behind bars

What started out as a simple altercation
Turned into a real sticky situation
Me just thinking of the time that im facing
Makes me wanna cry

Cause I didn’t mean to hurt him
Coulda been somebody’s son
And I took his heart when
I pulled out that gun

Rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum
Man Down
Rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum
Man Down

Oh mama mama mama
I just shot a man down
In central station
In front of a big ol crowd
Oh Why Oh Why
Oh mama mama mama
I just shot a man down
In central station

It’s a 22
I Call her peggy sue
When she fits right down in my shoes
What do you expect me to do
If you’re playing me for a fool
I will lose my cool
And reach for my fire arm

I didn’t mean to lay him down
But its too late to turn back now
don’t know what I was thinking
Now he’s no longer living
So i’m about to leave town

[chorus]

Look I never thought i’d do it
Never thought i’d do it
Never thought i’d do it
Oh gosh
What ever happened to me
Ever happened to me
Ever happened to me
Why did I pull the trigger
Pull the trigger pull the trigger BOOM
And end a nigga end a nigga’s life so soon
When mi pull the trigger pull the trigger pull it upon you
Somebody tell me what im gonna what im gonna do

Rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum…

Cause now imma criminal criminal criminal
Oh lord oh mercy now I am a criminal
Man Down
Tell the judge please gimme minimal
Run out a town none a dem cah see mi now

Oh mama mama mama…

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One Response to Rihanna, Man Down

  1. Guemcerma says:

    very international blog, like it!

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