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 off of love, drunk from her 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 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 in 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

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 'em
You meet and neither one of you even know what hit 'em
Got that warm fuzzy feeling
Yeah, them chills, used to get 'em
Now you're getting fucking sick of looking at 'em
You swore you've never hit 'em
Never do nothing to hurt her
Now you're in each other's face
Spewing venom in your words when you spit 'em
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 'em
It's the rage that took over
It controls you both
So they say it best to go your separate ways
Guess that they don't know ya
'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
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 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 fucking leave again
I'mma 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


Lyrics submitted by caseykins, edited by RubixCube89201


Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) song meanings
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  • +6
    General CommentIt's about two people who meet and fall in love, however, as time goes on, they start to resent each other and the man becomes physically abusive. The woman takes it at first, but then she tries to leave him. He promises her that he'll never hurt her again and he'll try to control his temper, but he's lying. He says that if she ever tried to leave again, he'd kill her. The woman knows that this is all just a lie, but she keeps going back to him because she loves him.

    I think this song is especially powerful since Rihanna knows exactly what she is singing, due to her relationship with Chris Brown.
    ddarkpassengerron June 09, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentNot only does Rihanna know what she's singing about here, but does no one remember Eminem and Kim? This is as much about them as it is Rihanna and Chris. Apt people for this song.
    cutewhensedatedon July 04, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentGreat song, obviously about a both verbal and physically abusive relationship and how it seems the guy will say anything to keep his girl with him even though he's just spewing lies. Eminem is one of the few rappers I have strong respect for, he keeps it real. I adore the last set of verses the most, awesome lyrics and it makes the song even better with Rihanna singing the chorus considering her experience with abuse.
    Evanescence+MCRLuvron June 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThere is domestic violence where the abuser who has no remorse and the victim, who at 1st thinks it is love but later realizes the other person is just abusive & really wants to leave the other but is afraid of what the other will do to them or their children if they do leave.. then there is the other..

    and to me this is what Eminem is addressing, the dynamic of a relationship when 2 people have the most TOXIC LOVE imaginable for one another. They victimize the other person as well as themselves. They are both victims as well as guilty of being literally crazy for one another. I hope people dont have to experience this type of relationship but if you do I believe you go through it once. It's hard to truly understand unless you have been through it but the song as well as the video paints the picture of the turmoil that the extremity of emotions and how it is handled effect the people in these relationships. What they go through and what happens when they have no control of those emotions. You see what they are willing to endure for one another because no matter how bad it gets nothing seems worst then leaving each other. Their destructive relationship is a contradiction of what love should be but they truly are madly in love, Its heartbreaking...


    - "And I love it the more that I suffer. I suffocate and right before I'm about to drown she resuscitates me. She fucking hates me and I love it."
    - "Just gonna stand there and watch me burn. But that's alright because I like the way it hurts"
    - "It's so insane 'cause when it's going good, it's going great... But when it's bad, it's awful. I feel so ashamed"
    - "You're the same as me. When it comes to love you're just as blinded. 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"

    those are the verses that really hit home when I hear this song.
    I have to say the hardest thing about being in that relationship was realizing that even though we wanted to to be together we needed to be apart. He showed me how much he loved me by leaving me. I knew it was killing him just as much as it was killing me.. Maybe years from now we can try again or maybe not but, one thing is for certain I dont ever doubt the depth of his love for me.




    serenegadeon August 06, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song works on two different levels and perspectives.

    One one hand, the song reads like a realtime story. It is unfolding with every verse Eminem sings. His lines are describing what's happening right now, and Rihanna recaps the theme of the song with her chorus. It's an abusive relationship that she is unable/unwilling to get out of. Their relationship is spiralling downwards, and at the end he makes a threat of what will happen if she leaves again.
    And we're left to wonder what DOES happen.

    But if you look at it another way, we find out what happens. All of Eminem's verses are a flashback of the events leading up to that threat, which is the last thing that happens before the song starts. This is what's happening right now:

    "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"

    He is literally standing there, watching her burn and hearing her cry, and thinking about everything that happened leading up to this. Rihanna's lines become the present.

    Listen to the song back to back. The first time picture Eminem's verses as the present. The second time, picture his verses as the past. And in between imagine that she tried to leave again and he acted out his threat. This perspective certainly makes the song a lot darker.

    Not sure if that makes sense to anyone, it looks a little confusing when I put it in writing...

    MaxPower38on August 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot Eminems' best song, but it's okay.

    I think it's basically about a troubled relationship. Saying things you don't mean when you're mad, doing things you don't mean to because you're mad beacause it's in the heat of the moment. You love the person so much so you say whatever you can to make them come back, to make them stay. You say that it'll never happen again, but deep down you know it will but you just want to say whatever you can to prevent them from leaving. Then the cycle continues...
    stagnateon June 13, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't stop listening to this. I personally think this is Em's greatest song yet.
    jessicanunez09on July 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpeople are saying this song is so moving because Rihanna knows from experience what she's singing about, and i agree it IS very emotional but honestly it's so upsetting i instantly have to change the radio whenever it comes on. what kind of message is this sending to women?? that it's noble and beautiful to stand there and burn and enjoy the pain?? i'm so angry at everyone involved in producing this song. the female voice in the song never gets angry or condemns the violent male, and this is simply an unacceptable message to send to victims of domestic violence, no matter how true to life it is.
    AKG3on July 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think your all wrong. I think its about a disfunctional relationship, but they both live for it. They have so much passion whether its with love or when they fight. but they cant leave each other because they feed off it. SO they just sit back and watch them destroy each other. And regardless of how much they both hurt each other, they both keep coming back for more, cause like he said when its good its great, but when its bad its awful.
    angela808on August 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbest song ever so much love and sadness
    joanne298on April 28, 2011   Link

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