Man Down

by Rihanna

Robyn Rihanna Fenty ( /riˈɑːnə/ ree-AH-nə or /riˈænə/ ree-AN-ə; born February 20, 1988), known mononymously as Rihanna, is a Barbadian recording artist and actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, her career began when she met record producer Evan Rogers in late 2003. At age 16, she came to the Un…




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 oout my mind
I need to get out of sight, 'fore I end up behind bars

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

'Cause I didn't mean to hurt him
Coulda been somebody's son
And I took his heart when
I pulled out that gun

Rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum
Man Down!
Rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum, bum rum bum bum bum
Man Down!

Oh mama, mama, mama
I just shot a man down
In central station
In front of a big ol' crowd
Oh, why? Oh, why?
Oh mama mama mama
I just shot a man down
In central station

Little 22, I call her Peggy Sue
When she fits right down in my shoes
Whatchu expect me to do? If you're playing me for a fool
I will lose my cool, and reach for my fire arm

I didn't mean to lay him down
But it's too late to turn back now
Don't know what I was thinking
Now he's no longer living
So I'm 'bout to leave town, aye uh

'Cause I didn't mean to hurt him
Coulda been somebody's son
And I took his heart when
I pulled out that gun

Rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum
Man Down!
Rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum, bum rum bum bum bum
Man Down!

Oh mama, mama, mama
I just shot a man down
In central station
In front of a big ol' crowd
Oh, why? Oh, why?
Oh mama, mama, mama, I just shot a man down (well hear me now) 
In central station

Said, I'd 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 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? Ehh

Rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum
Me say one man down (ah wah me say?)
Rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum, rum bum bum bum
When me went downtown

'Cause now I'ma criminal, criminal, criminal
Oh Lord ah mercy, now I am a criminal
Man Down, tell the judge please gimme minimal
Run out a town none ah dem can see me now, see me now

Oh mama, mama, mama
I just shot a man down
In central station
In front of a big ol crowd
Oh, why? Oh, why?
Oh mama, mama, mama
I just shot a man down
In central station

Written by: Shama Joseph, Robyn Fenty, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Shontelle Layne

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