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Rihanna: Disturbia Meaning

Song Released: 2008

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Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum

What's wrong with me?
Why do I feel like this?
I'm going crazy now

No more gas in the rig


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    Jan 15th, 2011 1:31pm report

    I believe "Disturbia" is about an eating disorder, specifically anorexia nervosa.

    "No more gas in the rig/Can't even get it started"
    Clearly, an anorexic person doesn't eat much. This obviously leads to a lack in energy and an inability to get themselves going much of the time. In addition, depression regularly accompanies anorexia, and this line could also apply to an emotional state.

    "Nothing heard, nothing said/Can't even speak about it"
    In many situations, talking about eating disorders is taboo. Often, the loved ones of victims will notice a disorder emerging but will not bring it up. An anorexic person usually keeps their disorder a complete secret and rarely tells anyone of it.

    "Feels like I'm going insane"
    Many anorexic people feel like there is another voice in their head that eggs them on and encourages them to refrain from eating. This may make them feel like they fit into the typical mold of an insane person.

    "Watch out, you might just go under/Better think twice/Your train of thought will be altered"
    When someone decides to stop eating, whether it is a conscious decision or not, they are sometimes sucked into anorexia. The way an anorexic person thinks is extremely different than that of a normal person; they are usually constantly preoccupied with thoughts of food, calories, exercise, and weight loss.

    "It's like the darkness is the light"
    People who are anorexic, in almost all cases, know that what they are doing is extremely harmful to their bodies and that they need to stop, but the disorder alters their thoughts to a point that they are willing to ignore this. Harm to their bodies, they think, is a necessary trade-off in order to achieve weight-loss.

    "It can creep up inside you/And consume you/A disease of the mind/It can control you"
    Most often, anorexia doesn't just hit. It develops slowly, and many times a person thinks they can stop themselves before it gets serious. By the time the disorder takes over their thoughts, it does "consume" them mentally, emotionally, and physically. Anorexia controls the person, rather than vice-versa, and the last two lines are self-explanatory.

    "Release me from this curse I'm in/Trying to maintain/But I'm struggling"
    An anorexic person often wants out of the disorder. It feels like a curse and a burden, not a friend. When someone tries to recover from the disease, trying to maintain or gain weight, they often struggle with it because of their inner voices that tell them not to eat.

    I apologize for the length, but if you listen to the song carefully, you will notice that all of this evidence and more points to the song being about anorexia. Actually, I'm surprised that this explanation hasn't been made before!


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    Jun 8th, 2012 6:28pm report

    I've been listening to this song for almost 5-12 hours now, and I strongly believe that we are blinded by everything we see or hear, we don't ever try to find meaning to what someone tries to say.
    Rihanna is sadly a Free mason, yes she's doing great and her music is going higher and higher everytimes, but this song straight talks about her still not getting used to the life she's assigned to have.
    There's nothing related to 'Anorexia' as I saw on the first comment, yes Anorexia could do that but the song when it was sang, there was no way she talked about it. Satan is real, and I'am assuring you guys that, and she's describing all the side effects of accepting him in your lives, she even said it ' Better think twice, your train of thoughts will be altered so if you must falter be wise' she warns you, and tells you that ' if you are weak, there is no way you're going to make it, all you'll do is go insaine' That's why we see half of these artists depressed or addicted to sleeping pills, drugs, and all those kinds of bad things. The devil is a liar, and trust me he is here to Destroy.


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    Aug 17th, 8:51pm report

    It’s about mental illness, or a worsening of one to the extent of psychosis or suicidal thoughts. “Your mind is in disturbia” A disturbed state of mind, you’ve been deeply disturbed. I’ve been there. This song describes it frighteningly well. “Your train of thought will be altered” it’s exactly like that.


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    Jul 31st, 7:22pm report

    Yeah, i've listened to this song a million times... i don't really get where you're getting the illuminati stuff from, but i personally think the song's a about insanity and addiction to something [maybe drugs/ alcohol]


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    Jul 19th, 7:28pm report

    "RELEASE ME FROM THIS CURSE IM IN" Guys I need to know more


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    Aug 11th, 2018 8:38pm report

    Rihanna joined the illuminati......she is not comfortable as it's not what she thought it would be......she wants to leave but she can't as it's too late once you already joined it........she also warns persons to be wise and not accept the devil into your life....it seems like a life of peace and harmony on the outside with all the game and riches but it really isn't.....the reality of it is pain and eternal suffering.

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    Apr 12th, 2018 4:52am report

    I'm pretty sure that the song talks about mental illness, and I think that might be specifically about depression, but it could be about any severe mental illness.

    For the ones talking about a satanic possession: I think she uses that as a metaphor for the disease. A mental illness is like the devil inside you (in the ancient times most mental illnesses were treated as such).


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    Oct 1st, 2017 10:53pm report

    When this song first came out, just like my peers, I understood nothing! Nothing from the video, nothing from the lyrics! But it was catchy as hell. It makes you sing along. Years passed. After battling with bipolar, seasonal affective disorder, alcoholism, almost everything in my life has changed. I still try to keep me in one piece but at least I have recovered from a lot of things. Disturbia is a track that takes me back to those times where I was in between giving myself away or "figure the shit out". This song has nothing to do with Illuminati. Illuminati is worthless. Singers, musicians, actors they don't care what they're called. This track is beautiful. It feels like it's written by a group of songwriters who suffer from depression. Metaphors are strong. Lines are effective. So yeah. Please take your conspiracy theories away from this song :)


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    May 8th, 2017 5:13pm report

    It is a demon that is going on in the head of a woman....and this evil angel is controlling her and won't let her go

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    Mar 20th, 2017 3:09pm report

    In my opinion, i think she is talking about the monster in herself that haunts her disturbs her and it is trying to take over her. She knows she can't get rid of the monster so she has to dominate it or work along with it but never be slave to it.


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    Feb 26th, 2017 2:30am report

    Rihanna is talking about how when she joined the illuminati, it wasn't what they said it would be. How she gave away her soul and regrets it. Rihanna explains how she's going crazy. Like in the song she said "painted pictures on the wall it's like their talking to me, disconnecting on the call the phone don't even ring, I got to get out or figure this shit out." She has to either try to leave what she got her self into or figure what hell is she going through. Also she's been hallucinating cause there wasn't no phone call in the present time. Rihanna felt like she heard one. Creepy I know.


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    Jan 4th, 2017 1:12am report

    i agree to some,she is illuminati.I would rather be poor on earth and be rich with happiness in heaven.its disappointing to see celebs who were once Christians sell their souls.but its her life

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    Jun 18th, 2016 6:41pm report

    I think is clearly abt the illuminati here the singer points out that it like a disease of the mind that would consume u she didn't just stop there she warns that ur train of thought would be altered, n that if u must falter be wise, n let's us knw she isn't comfortable abt it that y she said someone pls help her out the curse she in. This clearly shows that outside it looks like she's living a worthy life n all she's disturbed n which she can come out but it seems impossible but incase u think it's fun better think twice cos joining the illuminati. Which is clearly the devils harvest ground would consume u like a thief in the night #Disturbia

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    Jun 5th, 2016 6:24pm report

    She is talking about loving Satan everyday

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    Aug 5th, 2015 8:55am report

    This song is more likely to be about depression, not the illuminati. Why? Because the illuminati disbanded in the 1800's, there's nobody part of it anymore. /Nobody/. Before you all start saying "She's part of the illuminati! Look at the lyrics it's proof!" I suggest thay you look into the illuminati itself and I bet it'll say that it has been disbanded in the 1800's.


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    Jul 21st, 2015 7:26am report

    I would just like to say that anyone who claims that this is illuminati is probably illuminati themselves, because how would they know? Anyway, I think it is about insanity, and the 'city of wonder' is the maniac side of insanity, and insane people want to stay there, so the singer throws on the brake lights, but they will reach the demented part anyway.


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    Oct 22nd, 2014 10:13pm report

    in the song Rihanna is basically letting us know that she is a part of the devil worshipping Illuminati thing and she is seemingly acting possessed by demons in this music video.

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