S&M
Rihanna Lyrics


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Na na na, come on
Na na na, come on
Na na na, na na come on
Na na na, come on, come on
Come on, na na-na na come on
Na na na, come on
Na na na, na na, come on
Na na na, come on, come on
Come on, na na na na

Feels so good being bad
There's no way I'm turning back
Now the pain is for pleasure
'Cause nothing can measure

Love is great, love is fine
Out the box, out of line
The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more

'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But chains and whips excite me

Na na na come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it

Love is great, love is fine
Out the box, out of line
The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more

'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

Na na na come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it

S, S, S and M, M, M
S, S, S and M, M, M

Oh I love the feeling you bring to me
Oh, you turn me on
It's exactly what I've been yearning for
Give it to me strong
And meet me in my boudoir
Make my body say ah, ah, ah
I like it, like it

'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

Na na na come on, come on, come on,
I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it come on, come on, come on
I like it, like it

S, S, S and M, M, M
S, S, S and M, M, M




S, S, S and M, M, M
S, S, S and M, M, M

Overall Meaning

Rihanna's song "S&M" is a song with explicit sexual themes that have been interpreted in different ways over the years. The song talks about how the singer enjoys the feeling of being dominated in bed by chains and whips, and how she loves the smell of sex. The lyrics give the impression that Rihanna is comparing the pain of her sexual experiences to a pleasurable feeling. She mentions that getting hurt is enjoyable because it takes her beyond the limits of what is okay or acceptable, and it allows her to explore her sexual limits.


In essence, "S&M" is a song about BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, and Sadism/Masochism), which is a type of consensual sexual play where partners engage in role-playing with the use of erotic restraint and pleasure-related pain. Some interpretations of the song suggest that Rihanna is speaking about her relationship with the media and how they willfully hurt her with their criticisms and how she turns that pain into pleasure. Through the lyrics, she declares that nothing can cure her love for S&M, not even sticks and stones can break her bones because she likes the feeling of being dominated.


In conclusion, "S&M" is a song that has sparked public conversation and debate on sexuality and empowerment, with others viewing the song as an ode to liberation and sexual empowerment, while others see the song as vulgar and offensive. Nonetheless, it remains a popular song that has gathered millions of views on popular media networks around the world.


Line by Line Meaning

Na na na, come on
Encouragement to engage in BDSM


Feels so good being bad
Admission of pleasure from deviant behavior


There's no way I'm turning back
No intention to stop engaging in BDSM


Now the pain is for pleasure
Enjoyment derived from pain


'Cause nothing can measure
Intensity of pleasure is immeasurable


Love is great, love is fine
Traditional love is not enough


Out the box, out of line
Desire to explore beyond societal norms and expectations


The affliction of the feeling leaves me wanting more
Pleasure from BDSM is addictive


'Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Self-confidence in ability to participate in BDSM


Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Unapologetic attitude towards BDSM


Sticks and stones may break my bones
Physical pain from BDSM is welcome


But chains and whips excite me
Desire for BDSM tools and actions


Na na-na na come on
Continued encouragement to engage in BDSM


I like it, like it, come on, come on, come on
Enjoyment of BDSM


S, S, S and M, M, M
Reference to BDSM - Sadism and Masochism


Oh I love the feeling you bring to me
Enjoyment of BDSM partner's actions


Oh, you turn me on
Physical arousal from BDSM


It's exactly what I've been yearning for
Longing for BDSM experiences


Give it to me strong
Desire for intense BDSM experiences


And meet me in my boudoir
Invitation for BDSM partner to engage in sexual activity


Make my body say ah, ah, ah
Physical pleasure from BDSM experiences


S, S, S and M, M, M
Repeated reference to BDSM - Sadism and Masochism




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave
Written by: ESTHER DEAN, MIKKEL STORLEER ERIKSEN, SANDY JULIEN WILHELM, TOR ERIK HERMANSEN

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Comments from YouTube:

@user-ly4wt9xp4i

Me as a kid: Sex in the air Idc I like the smell of it

My parents: turns up the radio because they like the sound but don’t know English

@martyna5111

😁😂🎶🤩💞

@evi.music.official

At least they know whats Se-

@izetlravenwood5649

Omggg yessss

@user-ly4wt9xp4i

Itz _ Ari maybe they thought I was saying 6 lmaoo

@user-yj5ey1je5s

Too true

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@XTheeKing

Alright but why did I just realize I desperately need Rihanna to do the superbowl halftime show SHE HAS SO MANY HITS

@S0nicracing12

Your wish came true

@eudaimonia6360

She will! February 12th, 2023

@terrancewilliams4713

This is literally crazy because will be the performer

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