Uh, uh

Take a breath, take it deep
Calm yourself, he says to me
If you play, you play for keeps
Take the gun and count to three
I'm sweating now, moving slow
No time to think, my turn to go

And you can see my heart beating
You can see it through my chest
Said I'm terrified but I'm not leaving
I know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger (trigger, trigger, trigger)

Say a prayer, to yourself
He says, close your eyes
Sometimes it helps
And then I get, a scary thought
That he's here, means he's never lost

And you can see my heart beating
Oh, you can see it through my chest
Said I'm terrified but I'm not leaving
Know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger

As my life flashes before my eyes
I'm wondering will I ever see another sunrise?
So many won't get the chance to say goodbye
But it's too late to think of the value of my life

And you can see my heart beating
Ohh-oh, you can see it through my chest
Said I'm terrified but I'm not leaving, no
Know that I must pass this test

And you can see my heart beating
Oh, you can see it through my chest
I'm terrified but I'm not leaving, no
Know that I must pass this test
So just pull the trigger (trigger, trigger, trigger)


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Russian Roulette Lyrics as written by Shaffer Smith Charles Harmon

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  • +8
    General Comment

    I think this song is about falling in love, but it is speaking about it from a totally helpless point of view. A lot of songs are about love being bliss but in reality it can be paralysing. The metaphor of russian roulette and shooting yourself, is plunging in to a relationship. The moment where you 'pull the trigger' is the moment where you commit to someone enough, that they are now in a position to break your heart. The line of 'hes here means he has never lost' means because he single/available means he has never played the game and not lost his heart anyone completely.

    I guess, as normal in a rihanna song, the act of sleeping with the guy is the act of pulling the trigger and falling for him. 'close your eyes, sometimes it helps' is kissing etc

    The middle 8 is a bit intense, but can sadly also be true. ''Too late to pick up the value of my life'' is that feeling where you are no longer completely self dependant. That horrible feeling were you can't imagine having not met someone and that you are not complete without them. Sappy movies such as Jerry Maguire have made sentiment of this, but it is actually painful to be that in love with some one.

    Very interesting song because it barely strays from the metaphor and could almost be a literal meaning.

    birchualon June 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    I could be wrong, but I think the song is an analogy for being at a tough point in life and you need to make a difficult choice on what to do. The "gun" represents the choice you make and the game of Russian Roulette is representing the fact that you don't know the future, so you don't know the complete outcome of the choice that you made.

    blondness01on October 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning

    This song is filled with nothing but metaphors. I think it all depends on how your feeling when you hear the song.

    At first, I thought it was about a suicide. But after listening to it a couple times, I think its about falling in love.

    " Take a breath, take it deep. calm yourself, he says to me if you play, you play for keeps, take a gun and count to three

      • Say a prayer, to yourself Close your eyes, sometimes it helps."

    i see that as taking the chance of falling deeply in love and giving your all and knowing that the end result will be devastating and ultimately life changing. Thus the: "You can see my heart beating-you can see it through my chest. Im terrified, but im not leaving, know that i must pass this test So just pull the trigger."

    thtCHiCon November 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    READ THE LYRICS AND REALLY SIT DOWN AND THINK ABOUT WHAT SHE'S TRYNA SAY PEOPLE...DUHH??PEOPLE RIHANNA IS NOT GONNA KILL HERSELF! IT'S COMPARED 2 RELATIONSHIPS AND PUTTING YOUR ALL AND ALL IN IT! N FACING UR FEARS THE FEAR IS DA BULLET DA BULLET IS CHRIS BROWN LIKE DEY SAY ITS DO OR DIE NOW OR NEVER HOW CAN YOU GAT OVER AN OBSTACLE IF YOU DONT FACE IT??SHE'S SAYING RIGHT NOW SHE DON'T GIVE A SHIT AND IF LOVE FAILS AT LEAST SHE F** TRIED.STAY STRONG RHI RHI.AT LEAST SHE HAVE TO FRIGGIN BALLS TO DO IT!SHE SHOWS SIGNIFICANT STRENGTH IN THIS SONG.

    sweetphiion November 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I agree with iKrokox3. I think its about her boyfriend leaving her and its so painful she feels like she is dying so he might aswell pull the trigger. I know there has to be more to this. I know im not dead.

    puertoricangurl9on October 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think it's about chris and what he did to her tbh. "As my life flashes before my eyes I'm wondering will I ever see another sunrise? So many wont get the chance to say goodbye But it's too late to pick up the value of my life" If i was was her then, i'd be wondering if i'd see another sunrise, and your life would flash before your eyes :(

    Thats my personal opinion on this song :) x

    elleennnxon October 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    I think it's a metaphor. Russian Roulette is like the relationship she is in. She's saying how she has to get out before it's too late... 'pull the trigger'

    I saw a quote from Rihanna about what the song means but I can't find it!

    Olivia123on December 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    well, I personally think it's a drug refferance, considering someone is forcing her to play this "game" also with the line "that he's here means he's never lost" kinda brings up that you can never truly win against addiction.

    sugarsnowpeaon January 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i'm trying to decide if it's an actual game of russian roulette or a metaphor... someone help. haha.

    powerful song regardless. (:

    tanman00on October 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Sounds maybe something to do with love and perhaps suicide?

    iKirokox3on October 22, 2009   Link

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