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Lyfes Lyrics: Man Down


[#ipodonrepeat @Rihanna Man Down]

I chose to write about this song for many reasons, but mainly for lyrical content, the video and Rihanna’s continued effort and homage to the genre of reggae.

I remember when I first heard Rihanna’s debut album. The chart toppers were what caught everyone’s attention, but what caught mine was her song Here I Go Again. The reggae vibe! I knew instantly that my love for Riri would last forever! She then performed at award shows and she paid homage with a reggae vibe to her choreography and set. I was hooked! But I wondered just how much of her image was pushed by the label because she had some pop songs and ballads and then one reggae inspired song and I thought to myself “Come on! This island girl is screaming to be heard and if this label dont do right by her, the Bob Marley in her will find a way!”.

She then came out with her Good Girl Gone Bad and Rated R album and people were wondering why such a drastic change from a whoelsome girl next door to goth-esque bad girl? All the while I was thinking, “the lioness awakens! Come on Riri! I see you!” I love that she is now herself and the world now sees her for who she truly wanted to be in the beginning: a sassy, playful, sexual and free spirit.

With a few albums and experience under her belt, a song and video like Man Down was way overdue. When the video premiered it went viral. So much so that news bureaus chimed in on what they thought of the song and video. Before they could even see the video in its entirety, they judged it based on lyrical content and then the opening of the video. Yes, she shot a man down, but the news bureaus didn’t see why. Society complains so much about artists, musicians, the film industry and other mediums of art lacking social responsibilty and consideration for who their work may influence. What society needs to understand and recognize is that the Man Down video is art with an important point of view. News bureaus report on violence DAILY and yet Rihanna’s artistic expression hit a nerve? That is the essential reason why I left the news industry. (If people REALLY knew what goes on behind the scenes and production of a newscast, you’d NEVER watch local news again.) I wasn’t buying it… but I did buy her album on iTunes not only because I’m forever a fan, but just to stick it to the news bureaus and everyone who had a predisposition about Rihanna, her career and, more specifically, her Man Down video. For those of you reading this and still haven’t seen the video in it’s entirety… Rihanna shot the man because he sexually assaulted her. THE END. Now go watch the video. BRRRRRAAAAPP BRRRAAAAPP
BRRRAAAAPP

“Man Down” performed by Rihanna

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 on the time that I’m 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 hes no longer living

So Imma bout to leave town

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

Look I never thought do it

Never thought do it

Never thought 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 niggas life so soon

When mi pull the trigger pull the trigger pull it pon you

Somebody tell me what I’m gonna what I’m gonna do

Rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bum

Mi say wah man down (A weh mi say)

Rum bum bum bum rum bum bum bumm rum bum bum bum

When mi went downtown

Cause now Imma criminal criminal criminal

Oh lord a 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

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

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3 comments on “Lyfes Lyrics: Man Down

  1. FatFemPinUp
    July 12, 2011

    I loved this song! even before i know that it was about sexual assault, when the video came out i was like YES!!!!! finally a mainstream artist that is targeting the rape culture and SHOOTING IT IN THE HEAD! lol I’ve always loved Rihanna sigh* since Pon De Replay lol

    Like

  2. Lani Young
    July 21, 2011

    An informative read – i didnt know that about
    Rihanna OR her song. I like how you convey your passion for music through words.

    Like

    • LyfesLyfe
      July 21, 2011

      Thanks Lani!

      I’m an aspiring film/music video director and I’m always observant of how song lyrics go along with a music video. I appreciate artists/musicians that take their platform seriously and use it in more ways than just simply entertaining. That’s why I’m a huge fan of music video directors that are open to the musicians ideas when shooting a video. The booty popping videos and dance club songs come a dime a dozen, but when artists TRULY make an effort to have some sort of social responsibility with their art, I’m a happy and ecstatic fan!

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