My Sunday Song – “Love The Way You Lie ” by Eminem (featuring Rihanna)

For My Sunday Song #55, I am going with Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”.  The song features Rihanna and is one of my favorite Eminem songs and favorite songs period.  The song was released on June 25, 2010 and is on the album ‘Recovery’.  It is one of Eminem’s most successful song selling over 6 million copies, hitting #1 on almost ever chart, receiving numerous Grammy nominations and winning the Billboard Award for Best Rap song in 2011.  To say this song struck a chord with a lot of people is an understatement.

Why do I like this song?  Easy…it is bringing to light a very dark subject matter that isn’t talked about enough.  Domestic Violence.  The song is about a couple in an abusive relationship that refuses to separate despite the dangerous situation they are in.  The song is very graphic and so is the video which I will discuss shortly.  The song’s dark theme and powerful music along with the combination of Rihanna’s vocals and Eminem’s aggressive rap encapsulates every emotion that you would imagine this kind of relationship would garner.  I also love how the song jumps from pleasant views to the violent aspects and back and forth.  It really makes the song impactful.

What I also find interesting about the song is that it actually mirrors both singers life.  Eminem was in an abusive relationship with his ex-wife Kim and of course every one knows Rihanna’s history with her former boyfriend Chris Brown.  Knowing their history adds so much credibility to the song.

Now on to the video.  Not all videos follow what the song is about, but thankfully this one does.  And boy does it.  The video stars the lovely Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan.  Their performance as the abusive couple is nothing short of amazing.  They capture the spirit of the song and make it so realistic it is scary.  They actually put so much into it that Monaghan actually hurt himself several times during the filming as he got so into character.  When you put the song together with this video, it is a true masterpiece.

Please take a few minutes and check out the video.  It will be worth it.  Rihanna also does another version of the song called “Love the Way You Lie (part ii)” which is more from the lady’s perspective.

I hope you enjoy my choice this week and have a great Sunday!

“Love The Way You Lie”
(feat. Rihanna)

[Intro – Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie[Verse – Eminem:]
I can’t tell you what it really is
I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now there’s a steel knife in my windpipe
I can’t breathe but I still fight while I can fight
As long as the wrong feels right it’s like I’m in flight
High off her love, drunk from her hate,
It’s like I’m huffing paint and I love her the more I suffer, I suffocate
And right before I’m about to drown, she resuscitates me
She fucking hates me and I love it.
“Wait! Where you going?”
“I’m leaving you!”
“No you ain’t. Come back.”
We’re running right back.
Here we go again
It’s so insane cause when it’s going good, it’s going great
I’m Superman with the wind at his back, she’s Lois Lane
But when it’s bad it’s awful, I feel so ashamed I snapped
Who’s that dude?
“I don’t even know his name.”
I laid hands on her, I’ll never stoop so low again
I guess I don’t know my own strength

[Chorus – Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

[Verse – Eminem:]
You ever love somebody so much you can barely breathe when you’re with ’em
You meet and neither one of you even know what hit ’em
Got that warm fuzzy feeling
Yeah, them chills you used to get ’em
Now you’re getting fucking sick of looking at ’em
You swore you’d never hit ’em; never do nothing to hurt ’em
Now you’re in each other’s face spewing venom in your words when you spit them
You push, pull each other’s hair, scratch, claw, bit ’em
Throw ’em down, pin ’em
So lost in the moments when you’re in them
It’s the rage that took over,
It controls you both
So they say you’re best to go your separate ways
Guess that they don’t know you ’cause today that was yesterday
Yesterday is over, it’s a different day
Sound like broken records playing over but you promised her
Next time you show restraint
You don’t get another chance
Life is no Nintendo game
But you lied again
Now you get to watch her leave out the window
Guess that’s why they call it window pane

[Chorus – Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

[Verse – Eminem:]
Now I know we said things, did things that we didn’t mean
And we fall back into the same patterns, same routine
But your temper’s just as bad as mine is
You’re the same as me
When it comes to love you’re just as blinded
Baby, please come back
It wasn’t you, baby it was me
Maybe our relationship isn’t as crazy as it seems
Maybe that’s what happens when a tornado meets a volcano
All I know is I love you too much to walk away though
Come inside, pick up your bags off the sidewalk
Don’t you hear sincerity in my voice when I talk
Told you this is my fault
Look me in the eyeball
Next time I’m pissed, I’ll aim my fist at the drywall
Next time? There won’t be no next time!
I apologize even though I know its lies
I’m tired of the games I just want her back
I know I’m a liar
If she ever tries to fucking leave again
Im’a tie her to the bed and set this house on fire
I’m just gonna

[Outro – Rihanna:]
Just gonna stand there and watch me burn
But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts
Just gonna stand there and hear me cry
But that’s alright because I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

Written by: Eminem, Alex da Kid, and Skylar Grey

 

7 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Love The Way You Lie ” by Eminem (featuring Rihanna)

  1. Gosh, I love that song, but I havent listened to it in a while. Thank you for pointing it out to me. Also, fun fact, Skylar Grey did a part iii of this song that can be found on her Don’t Look Down album (really, it’s just a cover of part ii, but her vocals are so amazing that I recommend you check it out).

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  2. Wish I could hit Love instead of just Like on this post. This song is so powerful, and you nailed why – not only is it catchy as hell and full of things that need saying but it really does come from their personal expeiences too. Man, Eminem really does nail it more often than not (when he’s not being goofy), doesn’t he!

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    1. I agree about Eminem…when he is serious his songs are incredible (Lose Yourself another example), but his goofy stuff can be great as well. However, nothing will top this song for me from all his work.

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      1. I think what has made him great is his fearlessness. He just says what everyone else is thinking. Like him or hate him, he’s got the art of it figured out for sure. Man, now I need to go play this song again. Thanks!

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  3. Great choice. I like a whole bunch of his stuff, but the goofy stuff has ventured into parody and I just don’t think his recent stuff has been consistent enough to bother with, but there are selections (like this) that can’t be ignored. Truly brilliant… and I always loved the “now you get to watch her leave out the window…
guess that’s why they call it window pane”. The delivery of that last line is pretty great.

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