"What Now" as written by Nathan Cassells, Olivia Charlotte Waithe, Peter Ighile, Ifeoluwa Oladigbolu, Michael Antoniou and Robyn R. Fenty....
I been ignoring this big lump in my throat
I shouldn't be crying, tears were for the weak
The days I'm stronger, know what, so I say
That's something missing

Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is, it's just sitting there laughing at me
And I just wanna scream

What now? I just can't figure it out
What now? I guess I'll just wait it out
What now? Ohhhh what now?

I found the one he changed my life
But was it me that changed
And he just happened to come at the right time
I'm supposed to be in love
But I'm not mugging

Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is, it's just sitting there laughing at me
And I just wanna scream

What now? I just can't figure it out
What now? I guess I'll just wait it out
What now? Please tell me
What now?

There's no one to call cause I'm just playing games with them all
The more I swear I'm happy, the more that I'm feeling alone
'Cause I spent every hour just going through the motions
I cant even get the emotions to come out
Dry as a bone, but I just wanna shout

What now? I just can't figure it out
What now? I guess I'll just wait it out
What now? Somebody tell me
What now?

I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know ow ow why
I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know ow ow why
I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know ow ow why

So what now?


Lyrics submitted by thrwmyhrtawy.

"What Now" as written by Nathan Cassells, Olivia Charlotte Waithe, Peter Ighile, Ifeoluwa Oladigbolu, Michael Antoniou, Robyn R. Fenty

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +5
    My InterpretationIt sounds like depression, when there is no pinpointed reason for your sadness ("whatever it is") or its just been built up over a period of time. You don't know why you feel the way you do and you can't help but feel that way. Everyone, sometimes including yourself("I shouldn't be crying,") thinks you should be happy, and that you have no reason not to be. And even though it may seem like you have everything together ("I'm supposed to be in love,") it just doesn't feel that way. You feel like you have to pretend to be happy towards others ("just playing games with them all.") You put on a front and no one even realizes your suffering and it seems like no one gets it, ("The more I swear I'm happy the more that I'm feeling alone.") The chorus, in my opinion, says how confusing it is. You don't know why you feel the way you do, how to end it, and where to go next.
    Depression is like that sometimes, its been that way in my case, it comes from seemingly nowhere and it is just truly difficult to understand yourself.
    bbgabon November 18, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationRihanna is talking about trying to move on from a break up with someone you truly loved, but she is still suffering, such as when she says "I shouldn't be crying, tears were for the weak. The days I'm stronger, know what, so I say that's something missing." No matter how much she is trying to move on, she still misses him and feels incomplete. From my own experience, I know the feeling of grieving, confusion, and depression after a break up, no matter how long ago it was. You still try to live your life though. Rihanna is really opening up in this song because in this stage of a break up, you don't want people to know you're suffering because you should be over the person, so you keep all your feelings to yourself and have people believe your facade while you cry yourself to sleep every night.
    queens21on November 03, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song is about a past love and personal growth. She's being honest with herself in this song, her spirit is stunted and she's going through the days wanting to feel something. "There's no one to call cuz' I'm just playing games with them all.". She wants to feel something real and raw and not just be. Should she wait until she feels something, or just settle?
    Is it ironic that the song is so beautifully written. Those same feelings of emptiness she's expressing , yet not knowing they're being expressed.
    Batsxoon March 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song made me feel like she is losing her love for her current partner, and possibly developing feelings for someone other than them. "I found the one he changed my life. But was it me that changed, And he just happened to come at the right time. I'm supposed to be in love"
    m3rmaidnikkion January 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat exactly does she mean by I'm not mugging?
    Love the song! Just don't understand that bit..
    tidaldiveon June 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe CORRECT lyrics are

    I been ignoring this big lump in my throat
    I shouldn't be crying, tears ARE FOR WEAKER DAYS
    BUT I'M STRONGER NOW, OR SO I SAY
    That's something missing

    Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
    Whatever it is, it's just sitting there laughing at me
    And I just wanna scream

    What now? I just can't figure it out
    What now? I guess I'll just wait it out
    What now? Ohhhh what now?

    I found the one he changed my life
    But was it me that changed
    And he just happened to come at the right time
    I'm supposed to be in love
    But I'm NUMB AGAIN

    Whatever it is, it feels like it's laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
    Whatever it is, it's just sitting there laughing at me
    And I just wanna scream

    What now? I just can't figure it out
    What now? I guess I'll just wait it out
    What now? Please tell me
    What now?

    There's no one to call cause I'm just playing games with them all
    The more THAT I swear I'm happy, the more that I'm feeling alone
    'Cause I spent every hour just going through the motions
    I cant even get the emotions to come out
    Dry as a bone, AND I just wanna shout

    What now? I just can't figure it out
    What now? I guess I'll just wait it out
    What now? Somebody PLEASE tell me
    What now?

    I don't know where to go
    I don't know what to feel
    I don't know how to cry
    I don't know ow ow why
    I don't know where to go
    I don't know what to feel
    I don't know how to cry
    I don't know ow ow why
    I don't know where to go
    I don't know what to feel
    I don't know how to cry
    I don't know ow ow why

    So what now?
    SETIon July 14, 2014   Link

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