Man Down
Rihanna Lyrics


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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, 'fore 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 (him)
Coulda been somebody's son
And I took his heart when (when)
I pulled out that gun

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Man down
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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

Little 22, I call her Peggy Sue
When she fits right down in my shoes
Whatchu expect me to do?
If you're playing me for a fool
I will lose my cool, and reach for my firearm
I didn't mean to lay him down
But it's too late to turn back now
Don't know what I was thinking
Now he's no longer living
So I'm 'bout to leave town, ayy-uh

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

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Man down
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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 (well, hear me now)
In central station

Said, I'd 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 di trigger, pull di trigger, pull di trigger? Boom
And end a nigga, end a nigga life so soon
When me pull di trigger, pull di trigger, pull it pon you
Somebody tell me what I'm gonna, what I'm gonna do? Ayy

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Me say one man down, ah wah me say?
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When me went downtown

'Cause now I'm a criminal, criminal, criminal
Oh Lord ah mercy, now I am a criminal, man down
Tell di judge please gimme minimal
Run out a town, none ah dem can see me now, see me 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

Overall Meaning

The song Man Down was released in 2010 by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It talks about the aftermath of a shooting in a public place, where the singer expresses regret and sadness for her actions. The first verse starts with Rihanna stating that she did not intend to kill the man and is struggling to come to terms with what she did. She is unable to sleep and fears the possibility of being put behind bars. She reminisces on the events that led to the altercation and is overwhelmed with the consequences of her actions.


The chorus repeats the phrase 'man down' several times, which refers to the man that Rihanna shot. She then speaks to her mother, who she calls out for help in understanding why she did what she did. In the second verse, Rihanna refers to her gun as "Peggy Sue" and says she didn't intend to use it, but the man had played her for a fool. She is consumed with regret and wishes she could undo what has been done. The final verse is sung in Jamaican patois and finds Rihanna questioning herself for the killing.


Overall, the song suggests that violence is never the answer and the impact of taking a life goes beyond the perpetrator, permeating to the victim's loved ones and wider society.


Line by Line Meaning

I didn't mean to end his life, I know it wasn't right
I regret killing him, and acknowledge it was wrong.


I can't even sleep at night, can't get it off my mind
The guilt of taking a life eats me up, lingered in my thoughts, and affected my sleep.


I need to get out of sight, 'fore I end up behind bars
I'm scared of the consequences of my action, and I want to avoid getting arrested.


What started out as a simple altercation
The situation was trivial initially.


Turned into a real sticky situation
The situation escalated rapidly and became complicated.


Me just thinking on the time that I'm facing
The possible jail time consequences of my action run constantly through my head.


Makes me wanna cry
The thought of punishment reduces me to tears.


'Cause I didn't mean to hurt him (him)
The shooting was not intentional, and I didn't intend to harm him.


Coulda been somebody's son
He was someone's son, and his death caused sorrow to his family.


And I took his heart when (when)
I'm responsible for his death, and I took him away from his loved ones.


I pulled out that gun
The way I chose to resolve the situation contributed to his death.


Oh, mama, mama, mama
I need my mother now because of the gravity of the situation.


I just shot a man down
I took a life by shooting him.


In central station
The shooting happened in a public place.


In front of a big ol' crowd
Lots of people witnessed the shooting.


Little 22, I call her Peggy Sue
My gun is small and called Peggy Sue, and its size makes it easy to conceal.


When she fits right down in my shoes
The small size of my gun allows me to carry it around comfortably.


Whatchu expect me to do?
Given the situation, what do you expect me to do?


If you're playing me for a fool
If you think I'm naive and can be easily deceived,


I will lose my cool, and reach for my firearm
I may lose my temper and decide to use my gun.


I didn't mean to lay him down
I didn't intend to cause his death.


But it's too late to turn back now
I can't undo what I've already done.


Don't know what I was thinking
I wasn't rational or logical in my actions.


Now he's no longer living
My mistake led to his untimely death.


So I'm 'bout to leave town, ayy-uh
I must flee because of the situation's gravity.


Said, I'd never thought I'd do it
I never imagined myself taking someone's life.


Never thought I'd do it, never thought I'd do it
It wasn't in my nature to commit such a heinous act.


Oh gosh, what ever happened to me?
I don't recognize the person that I've become.


Ever happened to me, ever happened to me?
This wasn't who I used to be.


Why did I pull di trigger, pull di trigger, pull di trigger? Boom
I don't understand why I decided to shoot him.


And end a nigga, end a nigga life so soon
My impulsive action caused him to die at a young age.


When me pull di trigger, pull di trigger, pull it pon you
If I were to shoot you, the same outcome would result.


Somebody tell me what I'm gonna, what I'm gonna do? Ayy
I don't have a clear plan on how to move on from this.


Me say one man down, ah wah me say?
I took a life. What do I say now?


When me went downtown
I went to a public place where many people were hanging out.


'Cause now I'm a criminal, criminal, criminal
I know that my actions made me a criminal.


Oh Lord ah mercy, now I am a criminal, man down
I know I'll face the consequences of my actions, including being labeled a criminal.


Tell di judge please gimme minimal
I hope the judge will be lenient in my sentencing.


Run out a town, none ah dem can see me now, see me now
I must flee town to evade the consequences of my actions.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Reservoir Media Management, Inc., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Shama Joseph, Robyn Fenty, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Shontelle Layne

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Comments from YouTube:

@Outcast001

I’m watching this on 1st April,2024 🥲 I really miss the Rihanna era

@danielapilna217

same

@gracieykiptoo9944

On 2nd April 2024 🔥

@skyyjones6299

Me tooo 🥹

@melissawinn996

Same 😭

@christianm.r.n.485

3rd Apr

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@carla3757

Toda vez que você chora por macho Rihanna te olha com um olhar de desprezo e reprovação

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Mendes army???

@usuariocomumnormal9839

Hein carlinha? Comé que empresta a 12 sem um porte de arma opressor e perigoso? Melhor o estuprador man down com a maria do Rosário ne? DEBIOmandown.

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