Take a Bow
Rihanna Lyrics


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Oh, how 'bout a round of applause?
Yeah
Standin' ovation
Ooh
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
You look so dumb right now
Standin' outside my house
Tryin' to apologize
You're so ugly when you cry
Please
Just cut it out

Don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught

But you put on quite a show
Really had me goin'
But now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closin'
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now
(But it's over now)
Go on and take a bow, oh

Grab your clothes and get gone (get gone)
You better hurry up
Before the sprinklers come on (come on)
Talkin' 'bout, "Girl, I love you, you're the one"
This just looks like a re-run
Please
What else is on? Oh, oh

And don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught

But you put on quite a show
You really had me goin'
But now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closin'
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now
(But it's over now)
Go on and take a bow

Oh, and the award for the best liar
Goes to you (goes to you)
For makin' me believe
That you could be
Faithful to me
Let's hear your speech, ohh

How 'bout a round of applause?
A standin' ovation

But you put on quite a show
You really had me goin'
Now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closin'
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now
(But it's over now)




Go on and take a bow
But it's over now

Overall Meaning

The song Take A Bow by Rihanna is a powerful break-up anthem about realizing someone’s true intentions and calling them out on their lies. The opening lines, “Oh, how 'bout a round of applause? Standin' ovation” sarcastically applaud the ex for their performance, but also show that Rihanna has moved on and is no longer affected by their actions. She describes the ex as “so ugly when you cry” and tells them to stop apologizing. The chorus is a clear message to the ex, stating that she knows they are only sorry they got caught cheating, and now it’s time to go.


The second verse of the song demonstrates the ex’s desperation to keep Rihanna, with lines like “Grab your clothes and get gone (get gone)/ You better hurry up/ Before the sprinklers come on (come on).” She pokes at his repeated efforts to apologize and states that she would rather watch something else on TV than listen to him.


Rihanna ends the song with the line “But it’s over now,” which is a powerful reminder of her newfound freedom and confidence. Take A Bow is an empowerment anthem about standing up for oneself and recognizing the true intentions of those who claim to care about us.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, how 'bout a round of applause?
Sarcastic remark on how glad the singer is now that the relationship is over.


Yeah Standin' ovation Ooh Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
The singer is celebrating the end of the relationship and the departure of the ex-partner.


You look so dumb right now Standin' outside my house
The singer is mocking the ex-partner for coming to apologize after the relationship has ended.


Tryin' to apologize You're so ugly when you cry Please Just cut it out
The ex-partner's crying and apology are not genuine, and the artist wants them to stop pretending.


Don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught
The artist doesn't believe the ex-partner's apology because they only feel bad about getting caught, not for their actions.


But you put on quite a show Really had me goin' But now it's time to go Curtain's finally closin'
The singer was fooled by the ex-partner's lies and deception but now knows the relationship is over.


That was quite a show Very entertaining But it's over now (But it's over now) Go on and take a bow, oh
The singer acknowledges that the ex-partner was good at putting on a show, but it's time for them to leave and take responsibility for their actions.


Grab your clothes and get gone (get gone) You better hurry up Before the sprinklers come on (come on)
The artist wants the ex-partner to leave quickly before the sprinklers turn on and get their clothes wet.


Talkin' 'bout, "Girl, I love you, you're the one" This just looks like a re-run Please What else is on? Oh, oh
The ex-partner's attempts to win the artist back are repetitive and unconvincing.


And don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught
Reiteration of the fact that the ex-partner's apology is insincere.


But you put on quite a show You really had me goin' But now it's time to go Curtain's finally closin'
Further emphasis on the fact that the ex-partner fooled the singer but it is now time for them to leave for good.


That was quite a show Very entertaining But it's over now (But it's over now) Go on and take a bow
Final message to the ex-partner to take responsibility for their actions and leave with grace.


Oh, and the award for the best liar Goes to you (goes to you) For makin' me believe That you could be Faithful to me Let's hear your speech, ohh
Sarcastic way of saying that the ex-partner deserves an award for their lying and deceiving behavior.


How 'bout a round of applause? A standin' ovation
More sarcasm towards the ex-partner - this time joking that they deserve a round of applause and standing ovation for their performance.


But you put on quite a show You really had me goin' Now it's time to go Curtain's finally closin'
Final reiteration of the ex-partner's talent for deception and the fact that the relationship is over.


That was quite a show Very entertaining But it's over now (But it's over now) Go on and take a bow But it's over now
Final message to the ex-partner that it is time to acknowledge their mistakes and leave, now that the relationship is over for good.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Shaffer Smith

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@vitonnesdorollinstones9426

You look so dumb right now
Standin' outside my house
Tryin' to apologize
You're so ugly when you cry
Please, just cut it out
Don't tell me you're sorry, 'cause you're not
Baby, when I know you're only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
Really had me goin'
But now it's time to go
Curtains finally closin'
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now (but it's over now)
Go on and take a bow

Grab your clothes and get gone
(You better hurry up)
Before the sprinklers come on (come on)
Talkin' bout: Girl, I love you, you're the one
This just looks like a re-run
Please! What else is on?
And don't tell me you're sorry, 'cause you're not
Baby, when I know you're only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
Really had me goin'
But now it's time to go
Curtains finally closin'
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now (but it's over now)
Go on and take a bow
And the award for the best liar goes to you
For makin' me believe
That you could be
Faithful to me
Let's hear your speech out, oh



All comments from YouTube:

@terrelberry2592

January 17, 2024 still relive this and love it!

@user-kc4iq6vw5x

Is 19th January 2024 am here😅

@guisena2134

26 tô aqui. 2024

@BoitumeloPhiri-qd6qu

I'm still here

@eugenialobo4435

30 same 🫰🏽😭

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@DidinaSamurai

Who's listening to this masterpiece in 2024?? This song brings back so many memories

@momentsofloveromantic

A very nostalgic song , a song that states an obvious situation for someone who did something wrong. I REALLY LOVE IT!

@samuelmathew3179

01:11 The power of the vocals when she sings "But that was quite a show" with those beats and piano tho ❤

@TopMusic07.

Rihanna has made so many timeless songs, but this one especially is an absolute gem! 💗

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