Rihanna: We Found Love Meaning
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Song Released: 2011
We Found Love Lyrics
Yellow diamonds in the light
And we're standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive
It's the way I’m feeling I just can't deny
But I've gotta let it go
We found love in a hopeless place
anonymous Oct 20th, 2011 10:13pm report
This is how I interpret it, they found love but its hopeless, because the reality of them being together is unreal. She turns away because its the choice of life or love. ("love and life I will divide")
anonymous Oct 24th, 2011 10:06pm report
This song to me, means that obviously they are in love but aren't good for each other. "love and life I will divide" meaning she knows she loves him, but she has to do what is right for her life. She has to decide between the two. "Turn away because I need you more" is saying she feels she "needs" love more than life, but she turns away from love because she knows life is the correct choice. "feel the heartbeat in my mind" means she is no longer thinking with her heart and how she feels, but she is thinking with her mind and doing what is best for her. Hopeless place can be many things, but for whatever reason, they were doomed from the beginning, never going to end up together, and she has to let her feelings go and think about what's best for her.
anonymous Oct 4th, 2011 10:50am report
So the song starts out by showing how good he makes her feel. When she says yellow diamonds in the light it illustrates happiness. She sees it. Ahe feels alive only when Shes next to him.shE can't deny this amazing feeling but she has to let it go because they found love at the wrong place.
There's no hope. Then she says to shine a light through an open door love and life I will divide. I take this to mean as even when you think there's a possibility. There isn't. Apparently love can't be integrated into her life for whatever reason. And she has to turn away from the light the other person shows because she needs him more. If ahe doesn't, shell give in and already her heart is interfering with her reason. This is shown when she says feel the heartbeat in my mind. And again. Even though this is how she feels she is making the decision to let it go.
anonymous Apr 8th, 4:23pm report
I think that it means two people were in a place that was hopeless, or at least seemed hopeless, but they found love. So it really was not hopeless because love could be, and indeed was, found there. While there is life, there is hope.
anonymous Dec 4th, 12:08pm report
My interpretation is hopeless place being jail/prison. Especially if it’s to guys in either one showing each other what you want can get you hurt or even worse killed. Falling in love in jail/prison is not the same as being in the free world. Being gay is frowned upon in there so it is truly hard to give each other the love and romance one desires. I’m speaking about actually experiencing it. I fell in love with a guy in prison and he felt the same way. He was also affiliated with an organization within the prison that would mean the end of him and possibly myself. It was extremely difficult to share our thoughts feelings and everything else you would want to have with the person you love.
anonymous Aug 8th, 2019 8:25pm report
I feel like this song is about crack hence 'yellow diamonds'. I mean, drugs are found in hopeless places and they make you feel good 'like you're alive' until you get addicted 'turn away because I need you more'. Even if you wanna let go, it's hard to stop using, because you're addicted.
anonymous Aug 7th, 2019 8:00pm report
The lyrics are hopeful and positive. It’s about love and the gears are different than what people will expect.”
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Nov 26th, 2016 11:03pm report
To me, this song symbolizes a relationship with two people, who can not be together at this time because; of outside influences and personal chooses they have made, keeping them from being together until a later date.
anonymous Aug 30th, 2016 8:28am report
It could be they are both already committed maybe married and there dark side led them into a relationship with each other which turned into love. Now what can they do?
Or maybe they grew up in a bad neighborhood and they fell in love there . Literally a place.
Or maybe it's a time of life, maybe career or finances or maybe they are too old or advanced in years to start over
AnonymousUser Mar 24th, 2013 3:58am report
I think the meaning of the song is that she's fallen for someone who cannot commit to a relationship other then sexual. She knows she cannot have his heart yet he has captures her's so easily. It's kills her that she can't do this and goes through all the terrible things just to be with him even if its only physical. In ways the song reminds me of Ana and Christian from the Fifty Shades Of Gray series and how their relationship is. And like Ana, Rihanna decides that she can never have what she really wants and she needs to move on with her life without him no matter what.
I understand what you are saying - and it very well maybe the primary interpretation of the song - I don't know the writer - does anyone know anything about him, like his personal life. I certainly see that a narrator could be talking about exactly what you say - but consider for a moment:
'Yellow diamonds in the light'. Yellow diamonds are among the most rare of diamonds - the most precious of stones, an extremely strong and beautiful material. Yellow is also a color of powerful symbolism: Yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Shades of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future. Yellow will advance from surrounding colors and instill optimism and energy, as well as spark creative thoughts.
Could not the line 'we found in a hopeless place' also mean that they actually did find love in a hopeless place - in awful time of their life? The narrator could be telling their story about how at one time they found themselves in a hopeless place, maybe in extreme poverty or in war or in drug addiction and out of that they did find love.
Couldn't the 'The shadowing crossing each other' and their 'dark sides' speak to the pain that they still, and maybe always will battle from the hopeless time in their lives? When the narrator speaks of dividing 'love and life' could it not be he is speaking of a way to deal with this battle. That they need to hold onto the love which allows them to live a better life and leave behind the life they still battle through flashbacks - sort of like post traumatic stress. That maybe their love is the shining a light 'through an open door.'
It just seems to me that two view points can be taken - and maybe that is the author's intention. One view point is that they did find love in a hopeless place that can lead them out of that hopeless place. The other is that the love they found in that hopeless place is as toxic as the place they found it and so needs to shed. So, I'm not disagreeing with anyone, I'm just saying that both can exist - and it depends on your point of view. Since I knew nothing about the singer's life and my life is different I saw something different.
anonymous Dec 21st, 2012 12:02pm report
The song opens with what is an ambiguous metaphor: 'Yellow diamonds in the light'. This may be one of two things (or even both) - 1) the relationship, which the narrator thought was perfectm is in fact impure and 'yellow' when they take a step back and look at it 'in the light'. 2) 'Yellow diamonds' is a street name for crack cocaine, which may hint at a much darker problem within the relationship.
The repetition of the line 'we found in a hopeless place' seems to show the narrator trying to convince themselves that because she and her partner started their relationship when they were both - physically, emotionally or otherwise - feeling hopeless, that the intial positivity that they got from one another is enough to justify their staying in such a distructive relationship. The narrator is trying to convince themselves, rather than someone else.
The shadowing crossing each other may be a way of saying that there relationship is self-destructive after a time - their own 'dark sides' will cross, producing more intense darkness and further destruction. When the narrator speaks of dividing 'love and life' it seems that they have came to this realisation and know that in order to have a 'life', they must disconnect themselves from the self-destructive 'love' that they cling to. By shining a light 'through an open door', it appears that the narrator has discovered and accepted that the only way to escape the destructive relationship that they are in, no matter how painful emotionally, is to leave.
I'm not talking about the singer or about the video writer's interpretation of the song. I'm talking about the person who wrote the lyrics in the first place. That person is not the same as the person who song it or the person who wrote the video. I am curious of what they were thinking, what it is about for them. It doesn't seem to me to be nearly as dark as it has been interpreted. I could be wrong but I don't think it is obvious unless you assume its all about the singer and what you see in the video.
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2012 12:06pm report
Its all about taking ecstasy. They fall in love while there high and when there not they fall apart. Watch the video, its pretty obvious.
I find all of this fascinating. I knew nothing about the singer or her life or that of the writer (and producer) of the song Calvin Harris. But like anything I take from it my own meaning. It didn't talk to me about a bad relationship as much as a passionate one - one of yellow: happiness and joy, that through all the great light of the world it still shinned bright. The the pains and despair (our shadows) we each feel over powers us and yet we fight to come alive in this love. That we were both in bad places - hopeless places - and we fought to come alive. That all the pain and doubt over love, yellow: cowardice and deceit, have to let go of to love. That we have to go through an open door, leave that old life behind, choose love, choose the person we need more then the past full of pain. That we need to take the feeling in our heart and think it through - make sense of it - embrace love not run from it.
It began for me with the narration at the start: you are so hurt, you're screaming and no one can hear you. You find this person that means so much to you and you're ashamed - because you've always had to be strong and with this new person you are weak, you can't resist and you've made them so much a part of your work that you feel like nothing without them, because you now share one heart. In your life you feel helpless and weak like no one gets you, like you've lost all hope and no one can save you. And in this world of pain you found love anyway - some one who maybe gave you hope and happiness and joy and in your fight to leave behind the pain of the world in which you found them you lost them - and now you look at the world and figure you'd take the bad back just to have that good - that person whom you love, your yellow diamond, rare and beautiful, confusing and bright, and full of happiness and joy.
Ok so I'm way off from the interpretations on this site. I was surprised to read them, and they all focus on Rihanna as if she wrote it about herself when in fact she did not write it at all. That does not mean the interpretations are wrong. I don't really know - but I like my interpretation - that out of hopelessness we can find hope, we can find love, and we can leave the one world behind for the other, that somehow we can hold onto the part of that awful world that was good without having to take back all that bad stuff with it.
Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
anonymous May 23rd, 2012 5:46pm report
This song connects to me bc it's exactly how I feel about my ex. No one said we should be together or that it would work but it did somehow (for a while). We were such opposites of each other that we could go from loving to hating each other in a second. We put each other through hell bc I don't think either of us was prepared for that kind of love. It's like a drug: you know it's no good for you and you'll feel like shit later, but it feels SO good when you're high that you don't care and youd do anything to feel it again. I still care about him and I prob always will LA
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