What does Disturbia mean?

Rihanna: Disturbia Meaning

Album cover for Disturbia album cover

Song Released: 2008

Disturbia Lyrics

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


    #1 top rated interpretation:
    Itzel Lezti
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    Nov 23rd 2011 !⃝

    I think its depression and the unknown, her songs are about everyday struggles and not knowing how to deal with it, depression creeps up and if u don't fight it ul suffer quietly and slowly die internally while mentally part if u is telling u to get up from it part of u is blinding u to make it seem its ok to feel that way and when things have gone far enough u feel like u can be completely insane and not know it u feel there's a dark side of u and one with light but the darkness in u is blinding ur light but when ur in this deep ur uncertain of what can release u from ur own grip


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    Apr 12th 2018 !⃝

    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).


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 1st 2017 !⃝

    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 :)

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 31st 2021 !⃝

    Gurl, I can't believe there are people saying she's possessed by Satan or whatever. Like, y'all are fr on something lmfao.

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 25th 2021 !⃝

    The meaning of the song is basically about confusion, mental anguish and anxiety.

    "What's wrong with me, why do I feel like this" I'm going crazy now"

    "Out my life, out my head don't wanna think about it. Feels like I'm going insane"

    "Release me from this curse I'm in trying to maintain but I'm strugglimg"

    Listen to lyrics properly people. You understand it better also watch her facial expressions in the music video. "No more gas in the red" She fans herself then she facing forward then looks behind her like something is talking to her.

    Where she is imprisoned being guarded by two guards her eyes have been rolled to the back of her head.

    "Its a thief in the night to come and grab you it can creep up inside and consume you" I suffer from anxiety and depression myself and I always feel like I am being watched in my own flat.

    "Release me from this curse I'm in trying to maintain but I'm struggling" she can't escape the thoughts and feelings inside her mind.

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 12th 2020 !⃝

    I mainly think it’s about depression and bad anxiety I have suffered from both but mainly still suffering from anxiety and this song to me explained how I was when I was going through it I thought I was bein controlled by the evil spirit and I couldn’t find a way out

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2019 !⃝

    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.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 31st 2019 !⃝

    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]

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 19th 2019 !⃝

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

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  10. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2018 !⃝

    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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  11. anonymous
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    May 8th 2017 !⃝

    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

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 20th 2017 !⃝

    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.

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2017 !⃝

    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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  14. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2017 !⃝

    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

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2016 !⃝

    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

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2016 !⃝

    She is talking about loving Satan everyday

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  17. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2015 !⃝

    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.

  18. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2015 !⃝

    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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