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Rihanna: Man Down Meaning

Tagged: Murder [suggest]

Song Released: 2011


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Man Down Lyrics

I didn't mean to end his life
I know it wasn't right
I can't even sleep at night
Can't get it off my mind
I need to get out of sight
Before I end up behind bars

What started out as a simple altercation
Turned into a real sticky...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2011 report

    to whom it may concern....
    yes i believe the video is representing rape

    RAPE is never a woman's fault for the "clothes" she is wearing. if a woman wants to wear a nun's habit or a thong bikini it does NOT entitle anyone to her body.... i did not know that certain clothes meant other people had a right to rape and violate women


    rape is about aggression and power...our current cultural conception about sex fuels the demented perception that rape is an action that a woman invites upon herself.

    if i want to run around ass naked, guess what i still own my body and no one has a right to violate it any manner (yea i might get some crazy looks and be called trashy, but still to force sex is beyond logical rationale)

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    anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2011 report

    I agree!! The way I saw it, he raped her and she got pissed off!

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jun 18th 2011 report

    to the person above:
    Provocative my ass! Her clothes were decent, provocative is an LBD so tight and low-cut your boobs practically spill out of it and so short when you bend over you flash your pants or basically a bikini when it's winter and your not even on a beach if u want non-decent see what my friends wear on nights out and even that aint that bad! and there is nothing wrong with flirting - thats what you go to clubs for! and nothing rong with her hair!
    seriously how old are you, even my mum wouldnt say that about the vid!

  4. anonymous
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    May 17th report

    I apologize in advance for the length of this post but I’ve got to show everyone that this song is not about rape! It’s about police violence. Rihanna’s video is an artistic interpretation of a song written by someone else and it’s great but it does not accurately portray the meaning of the lyrics.

    Start with the title. “Man Down” is the phrase the police use when someone is shot during an altercation. Then notice the sirens in the background. From there, nearly every line makes it clear that the song is about a police officer who has recently killed a man after shooting him in a busy public place during a “simple altercation” that “turned into a real sticky situation.” The officer explains that he never intended to kill the man and that he had hoped he’d never have to kill anyone in the line of duty. The lyrics suggest the officer is afraid of the consequences of his mistake and that he feels guilty for what he has done.

    First the officer explains that he didn’t mean to shoot the guy and he can’t stop thinking about it and is worried about going to jail:

    “I didn't mean to end his life
    I know it wasn't right
    I can't even sleep at night
    Can't get it off my mind
    I need to get out of sight
    Before I end up behind bars”

    Then he says the incident started out routinely but quickly got out of control:

    “What started out as a simple altercation
    Turned into a real sticky situation
    Me just thinking on the time that I'm facing
    Makes me wanna cry”

    Here he shows remorse for his actions:

    “Cause I didn't mean to hurt him
    Could've been somebody's son
    And I took his heart when
    I pulled out that gun
    Mama, mama, mama
    I just shot a man down
    In Central Station
    In front of a big old crowd
    Oh why, oh why
    Oh, mama, mama, mama
    I just shot a man down
    In Central Station”

    Next the officer explains that he basically lost his cool and reached for his firearm without thinking:

    “It's a 22, I call her Peggy Sue
    When she fits right down in my shoes
    What you expect me to do
    If you're playing me for a fool
    I will lose my cool
    And reach for my firearm”

    Like many officers, this guy had hoped that he’d never have to shoot, much less kill someone. He’s wondering how he could have lost control like that and regrets pulling the trigger:

    “Look, I never thought I'd do it, never thought I'd do it, never thought I'd do it. Oh gosh, what ever happened to me, ever happened to me, ever happened to me? Why did I pull the trigger, pull the trigger, pull the trigger? Boom! And end a nigga, end a nigga’s life so soon. When me pull the trigger, pull the trigger, pull it 'pon you. Somebody tell me what I'm gonna, what I'm gonna do.”

    Anyway, you get the idea…
    Just a few more points though…
    It seems unlikely to me that a woman who just shot her rapist would…
    1. Say she didn’t mean to
    2. Call what happened an altercation
    3. Call her weapon a firearm
    4. Say the phrase “man down” afterward
    5. Talk about how she never thought she’d do it (why would she have?)
    6. Act surprised and wonder why she shot him

    I just blew y’all minds, huh? LOL

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 8th 2018 report

    Rihanna only sang the song written for her.It a song about a freaking bad guy who is a womanizer and wanted to play rough with Rihanna but she shot him down that my diva i love you Rihanna by Vision Paulinus Obinna aka Tori Vega.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2016 report

    This song isn't about rape and abuse at all! It is about rihanna be played n she tries to make herself feel better by uping her sex game! She pulled out her trigger (sex drive) so that the man won't stop following her because of her sex drive now the man is no longer living, but after her

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 6th 2016 report

    "RAPE is never a woman's fault for the "clothes" she is wearing. if a woman wants to wear a nun's habit or a thong bikini it does NOT entitle anyone to her body.... i did not know that certain clothes meant other people had a right to rape and violate women"
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    Rape doesn't just happen to women, in fact MEN are raped more than women when they include prison rape. MALES are violated at birth with circumcision yet I don't see you protesting that form of rape. Why should a woman have a right to decide if a male is circumcised? It's not her body, yet women support circumcision.
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    "rape is about aggression and power...our current cultural conception about sex fuels the demented perception that rape is an action that a woman invites upon herself."
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    Which is why we have an epidemic of women teachers raping underage school boys. They say it's about having power.
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    "if i want to run around ass naked, guess what i still own my body and no one has a right to violate it any manner (yea i might get some crazy looks and be called trashy, but still to force sex is beyond logical rationale)"

    You are correct you are LEGALLY allowed to wear what you want BUT you are naive if you think you live in a bubble where your actions may attract people who don't care about the law. No one has a right to steal my car or take stuff out of my house, but I still lock both. The N-Word isn't illegal to say, but i wouldn't say it in public around a group of black people. If they beat or kill me for saying it they would still go to jail, but it doesn't undo what they did, but any way if rape is about aggression and power then the way a woman dresses shouldn't factor it has more to do with opportunity and most women like to act like they are in some bubble without bad actors.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2015 report

    The man she's shooting in the video is representating chris brown. the 'shooting' is actually representating her calling the cops and locking him up.

  9. anonymous
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    Feb 10th 2013 report

    The song is about a Guy who trusted a woman he shouldn't have. She took a exposing pic of him and put it on a fake page of his account . The photo went viral therefore the Guy is shot otherwise dead, she shot a man down.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  10. anonymous
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    Jan 22nd 2013 report

    my interptaion on this song is.. i watches the video at the start of it shes shooting hom because he raped her. i can competlely understand why she would shoot him. he disgraced her body. and now she wants revenge.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2012 report

    i think this video should be taken as an example for all those bastards(rapists) and they should be killed....only they should make it a more brutal way i think rihanna has conveyed a very necessary msg to the government of wat should be done to those who rape...........and just fyi its not only girls getting raped but boys too...and i know coz i was and so i kno how it is to feel raped(torture)

  12. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2012 report

    Everyone. Listen(well, in your case, read). A woman was raped and killed her rapist. She truly regrets it. But to everyone who says it was her fault, think again. It's HER body. No matter how she flaunts it(and believe me, the dress was fine) no one has any right to abuse it in any way. Long red hair? Well, I think it's kawaii. We don't need shave our heads and wear long-sleeved turtlenecks with slacks. Unless we want. I mean, that doesn't lower your chances of being raped. Sorry for going "in-depth", but the vid is pretty straightforward.

  13. anonymous
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    Jun 11th 2012 report

    I have never seen the video to this song before.
    Just by listening to it I would for sure think this video is about a girl breaking a mans heart.
    I think that R is telling everyone - shes trying to help her self because she doesn't know what to do.
    I think she's trying to get over this huge production that maybe didn't go on in literally a million people's eyes but quite a few (enough to make her feel surrounded , possibly his whole family / social life and she may now be lettin her family / social life know - grand central station- )
    Love this song and she just had a massive break up and it's her fault.
    Obviously it's the right thing for her to do is move on now and she ha to express these feelings.
    Poor girl just broke a heart and had hers broken but in different / the same ways.
    Beautiful story of healing.

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 4th 2012 report

    Pls dnt read this or u'l b kissed by d love of ur life on d nearest friday.2mao wil b d best day of ur life nw u've started reading dnt stop.this is so freaky. 1.say ur name 10 tyms.
    2.say ur mum's name 5 tyms.
    3.say ur crush's name 3 tyms
    4.paste dis 2 4 oda songs.if u do so u wil b kissed on d nearest friday,bt if u read nd ignore u wil av very bad luck. When u r done press F6 nd ur crush's name wil appear in big letters.

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2012 report

    This song wasnt actually written by her so you can shove your illumanati shit up your ass....its an appropriation of the song 'i shot the sheriff' i just think its a cheeky song which finally turns the table on male dominance!

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 10th 2011 report

    She is angry that she couldn't do anything about the man tha raped her.. sh first tried to be friends with him but he obvi didn't want just friendship.. he wanted more and when she pushed him away he couldn't help that she rejected him. So he he wanted her to know that he was getting what he wanted whether she wanted or not..

  17. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2011 report

    i personally think its her who shot a man down believe me the video explains the thing to us all. she was raped and did the crime out of anger. I liked the literature behind it.

  18. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2011 report

    i personally think its her who shot a man down believe me the video explains the thing to us all. she was raped and did the crime out of anger. I liked the literature behind it.

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