What Now - Rihanna

www.last.fmby Benjamin O'Loughlin 

The Experience: You thought you were in love. You thought you were happy. But now you're empty, and you can't dredge up even a hint of a smile. Were you in love? Or just really lost? What now...


Music Video: Dark and hopeless... Rihanna does a powerful job of transmitting emptiness, fear, and despair - almost too good a job. The video also teases us with some slight hints at exorcism: Rihanna's jerky dance moves, and the cross that flashes near the end. But Rihanna's demons don't go away, at least not in What Now. It's up to the viewer to inject the hope that's missing in the lyrics and the video. 

Meaning of What Now: Rihanna takes a deep look inside the emptiness too many people suffer. If you play at love and fake love for too long... you go numb. You only have so much to give. And when it's gone... you're running on empty. When that happens, your life becomes an empty show - Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me Through the glass of a two-sided mirror... And I just wanna scream. If you want to change that, you have to stop giving "love" to all comers - playing games with them all - and start saving up your love for someone who's real.

Ask Yourself: Is your ability to love wasting away while you play games?


LYRICS:

I've been ignoring this big lump in my throat
I shouldn't be crying
Tears were for the weaker days, I'm stronger now
Or so I say, but something's missing

Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me
Through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is, it's just laughing at me
And I just wanna scream

What now, I just can't figure it out
What now, I guess
I'll just wait it out, wait it out
What now, what now

I found the one, he changed my life
But was it me that changed
And he just happened to come at the right time
I'm supposed to be in love but I'm numb again

Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me
Through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is, it's just sitting there laughing at me
And I just wanna scream

What now, I just can't figure it out
What now, I guess
I'll just wait it out, wait it out
What now, please tell me, what now

There's no one to call
'Cause I'm just playing games with them all
The more I swear I'm happy
The more that I'm feeling alone

'Cause I spend every hour
Just going through the motions
I can't even get the emotions to come out
Dry as a bone but I just wanna shout

What now, I just can't figure it out
What now, I guess
I'll just wait it out wait it out
What now, somebody tell me, what now

I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know, oh, oh why

I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know, oh, oh why

I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know, oh, oh why, so what now

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