"G4L" as written by Robyn Fenty, William Kennard, James Fauntleroy and Saul / Milton....
I lick the gun when I'm done
'Cause I know revenge is sweet, so sweet
This is a gang.
Ladies bang, baby, bang.
Tell me what you need? Oh

Any motherfucker wanna disrespect
Playin' with fire finna' get you wet
How it feel down there on your knees?
Got these girls like a solider, trippin',
It's goin' down, down, down

I'm ready to roll
Girl, I'm with you
If they get you they get me
So come on! Let's go!
Bitch, I'm with you
If he whip you he whip me

[Chorus]
You know I'm down
I'm down for life, loaded, reloaded
Let's go!
Gangsta for life 'til the day that I die
Yeah, I promise I'll standin' high
You know that I'm there, you know we down
Gangsta for life

We drivin' by with them headlights off
We know where you stay
Know what you did
We don't play that shit
Nigga, we don't play, no

Everybody quiet when you did your dirt
Actin' like a bitch finna' get you hurt
Break your life down to the knees, oh
I got these girls like a soldier, trippin',
It's going down, down, down
I'm ready to roll
Girl, I'm with you
If they get you they get me
So come on! Let's go!
Bitch, I'm with you
If he whip you he whip me

[Chorus]

Girl, come on we ain't done yet
Got a lot to handle
We ain't take over the world yet
Boom!
We a army
Better yet a navy
Better yet crazy
Guns in the air
Guns in the air
Guns in the air

Can't hurt us again when you come around here
We got our guns, got our guns, we got our guns, got our guns
We got our guns in the motherfucking air, oh

I'm down for life
Gangsta for life
I'm down for life
Gangsta for life

[Chorus]

I lick the gun when I'm done
'Cause I know revenge is sweet


Lyrics submitted by 3isACharm

"G4L" as written by Robyn Fenty, William Kennard, James Fauntleroy, Saul / Milton

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    General CommentThis song is about her having her girlfriends back. She would do anything for her no matter what it is. She would kill for her girlfriends.
    MIML101on January 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWomen empowerment, from the artist's/narrator's perspective.
    rockwitchuon December 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentlove the beat to this song(:
    porschaon December 23, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningTo me, this is a song that is both angry and threatening, yet vulnerable, at the same time.

    A clue comes in the beginning:
    "Playin' with fire gonna get you wet
    How that feel down there on your knees, huh"
    is a reference to sex, violence, and perhaps, being humiliated.

    Towards the end is another interest reference to feeling vulnerable:
    Can't hurt us again when you come around here"
    is an acknowledgment she has been hurt before and is now with her friends for protection.

    Rhianna said it best herself in an interview:
    “I can tell you that making this album was my recovery. It’s the way I vented and expressed myself”
    earthsunon January 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is a call to arms, telling people to wave their guns around in the air. She also wants to let everyone know that she is a gangster and always will be. It's a powerful message.
    BananaNoodleon January 08, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI agree with earthsun and MIMl101 to a degree. To me the song is using "gangster for life" in association with the permanent scar that heartbreak and pain leaves on you emotionally and the bond between friends, in this case, sisterhood. Think about it. Gangs, the only way out is death or being rescued/saved away from it. The lyrics:

    " You know I'm down for life
    Load it, reload it, lets go
    Gangster for life
    Til the day that I die. "

    Her girls are there to back her up in the sense of being her backbone. They won't allow anyone to hurt one of their own or else there will be trouble, they'll stalk out the target, guns will be drawn as the lyrics say, but the hidden meaning is clear:

    " I got these girls like a solider
    Trip and it's goin' down down down

    I'm ready to roll
    Girl I'm with you
    If they get you they get me
    So come on let's go
    Bitch I'm with you
    if you whippin, you with me. "

    and

    " I promise I'll stand and fight
    Cause you know that I'm down. "
    RockStarJanineon June 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everyone stating it's about women's empowerment and sisterhood. It also sounds like it's about a group of friends getting revenge for a woman who was in an abusive relationship.
    rhavinon November 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe title of this song stands for "Gangsta For Life."


    This track, which sees Rihanna sprouting a series of bad-bitch boasts then purring at the end "Revenge is sweet," was produced by London "dubstep" production duo Chase & Status. Saul Milton, a.k.a. Chase, told BBC's Newsbeat: "This album for her is just about what she likes and what she's into and what she wants
    musicrocks13on November 14, 2012   Link

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