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Love The Way You Lie, Eminem And Rihanna

It took me a while to realize just how true to my life this song really is... I could not understand why she would like it when he hurts her.... and why, on earth, she would love him lying to her. Until I asked my husband (the person currently lying and hurting me) what he thought she meant by it. His explanation not only allowed me to understand why she says these things, it also gave me much needed clarity on my own situation. My interpretation of these lyrics will come at the end.....  

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

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 of a love, drunk from the hate
It's like I'm huffing paint, and I love it
The more that I suffer, I suffocate
And right before I’m about to drown
She resuscitates me, she ******* 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 snap, 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

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

You ever love somebody so much
you can barely breathe when you're with them
You meet, and neither one of you
Even knew what hit 'em
Got that warm fuzzy feeling
Yeah them chills used to get 'em
Now you're getting ******* sick of looking at 'em
You swore you've never hit 'em
Never do nothing to hurt 'em
Now you're in each other's face
Feeling the venom in these words when you spit 'em
You push, pull each other's hair
Scratch, claw, bite 'em Throw 'em down, Pin 'em
So lost in the moments when you're in 'em
It's the rage that took over, it controls you both
So they say it's 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 playin' over
But you promised her next time you'll 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

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

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
But 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 dry wall
Next time
There will be no next time
I apologize even though I know it's lies
I'm tired of the games
I just want her back
I know I'm a liar
If she ever tries to ******* leave again
I'ma tie her to the bed
And set the house on fire

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 

She is sick of being treated like crap by a selfish man who she loves more than anything in the world. All she wants is for them to go back to the way they used to be. When they fight, he promises he will never hurt her again and even though it is lies , she trusts him and takes his word for it because she wants so badly to believe it. However, he just can't keep his word.... The last thing he wants to do is lose her because he does love her, but he does not know what love is. He knows the difference between what is right and what is wrong, but cannot act accordingly because he feels so passionately. He was never given love as a child, so the only emotions he has ever felt this strongly were negative, hence the fighting. She is not saying she loves that he lies about where he has been, or how much money he lost at the track.... She loves it when he lies to her about being sorry, because in reallity, he is not sorry, and even if he is.... His destructive behavior is still going to continue, because he feels he has gotten the short end of the stick all his life and now he feels entitled. When she says that she likes the way it hurts, she is referring to his words, which appear to be figurative, but in fact, are meant to be literal. This becomes apparent in the last two lines of the song.... He says "If she ever tries to ******* leave again, I'm gonna tie her to the bed and set this house on fire" He has been screwing up and hurting her then apologizing and rectifying his behavior, just long enough for her to allow him to do it to her again. Which then starts another round of their perpetual cycle, similar to "battered wife syndrome" Because they have been stuck in this purgatory for so long she now likes the fact that he is literally destroying every chance they had to ever be together again by setting her and everything they built together on fire. Sure, it hurts to be burned alive, but she would gladly be engulfed in flames if it meant she never had to endure the agonizing torture he has relentlessly been putting her though, all this time. 
TypicalPisces TypicalPisces 31-35, F Aug 4, 2010

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