"We Found Love" as written by and Calvin Harris....
Yellow diamonds in the light
And we're standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive

It's the way I'm feeling I just can't deny
But I've gotta let it go

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

Shine a light through an open door
Love and life I will divide
Turn away 'cause I need you more
Feel the heartbeat in my mind

It's the way I'm feeling I just can't deny
But I've gotta let it go

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

Yellow diamonds in the light
And we're standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place

We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place


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"We Found Love" as written by Calvin Harris

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  • +13
    General Commentin the video, the british girl at the beginnning talks about how "You always feel ashamed that someone could be that important that without them, you feel like nothing. No one will ever understand how much it hurts. You feel hopeless, like nothing can save you. Then when it’s over, it’s gone, you almost wish you could have all that bad stuff back, so that you can have the good…"

    Rihanna is singing about having such deep and intense emotions towards someone to the point where your love towards them becomes addicting. "yellow diamonds in the sky" is about taking ectasy and represents how you feel towards that person, just like how you feel when you are on E, intense euphoria. In simplest form, it's basically about how love can be addicting and even when you know the person is not right for you, you can't let go because the love has become like a drug.

    Britt143on October 24, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentAs a queer person I see this song very different, for me the hopeless place is our current society in which homosexuality is not always acceptable. I have recently fallen for a guy and the pressures put on us that heterosexual couples don't have to face can be daunting. "We found love in a hopeless place" has rang true to my feelings since the moment I heard it, the constant strain put on our relationship because of the trials and tribulations we as a homosexual couple have to face can feel very hopeless at times. Watching all the heterosexuals walk through the mall holding hands and we can't without people watching us or calling us names is rather unfortunate.
    Queersreadthison December 24, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General Comment"Yellow diamonds in the light" don't mean drugs, the lyrics were written long before the video was made. Yellow diamonds are very valuable and rihanna and chris brown were both very valuable people and "the light" is the limelight/fame. "standing side-by-side" they were in a relationship. "as you shadow crosses mine" someone's shadow usually means their dark side, chris brown's dark side was being abusive. "what it takes to come alive" meaning his abusiveness was what it took for her to realize she can't be with him. "its the way im feeling i just can't deny but ive gotta let it go" she loves him but she can't do it anymore. "we found love in a hopeless place" could mean that they found each other when their lives were so hectic and lonely with all their work they did and traveling. "shine a light through an open door" in a relationship if the door is closed that usually symbolizes that it's over, but this one is still open and the light could mean a glimmer of hope for her if she gets out of this relationship. "love and life I will divide" she has to separate the one she loves from her life because he is no good for her. "turn away cause I need you more" now that they are broken up she is hurt and needs him more than ever since he was the one she'd probably always confide in the most but he is the problem itself so she needs him to keep his distance. "feel the heartbeat in my mind" her heart and mind are fighitng and her heart is overcoming her better judgement and it's always reminding her that she loves him and probably resulted in constant breakup makeup episodes throughout the relationship. and then she repeats that she has to let it go in the end.
    DJZ20on May 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI've watched the music video at Least 40 times. I may've watched it 10 times a day for a few days because I was dealing with a breakup and it captivated me. It shows exactly how I felt. My hopeless place was the age difference, the distance, and the fact that we were POLAR opposites and had different morals, like he believed in lying and Im more than a fan of honesty. Anyways, I don't believe this had a Thing to do with drugs, the video or the lyrics. I liked NowandNever's opinion of the yellow diamonds lyric.

    This is loooong, but based on the music video and how many times I've watched it, i've broken down the relationship she's portraying (and I must say it's the deepest music video I've ever seen. Especially coming from a pop star. And no, I'm not a Rihanna fan. I don't like her at all really, just the song resonated w/ me during a hard time in my life.)

    At the very beginning, during the speech, that's the part when they were single. In the bathtub, when we see him wet like he'd just been under water (which could metaphorically represent him drowning in misery, till he first saw her? Maybe he saw her at a club or the store, but we see them in a bathtub, maybe b/c they're both in a rough place in their lives so they're "in the same boat?") we see him staring at her and she looks and does a double look, as though she's shocked he's noticing her. In another scene seconds away we see them on opposite sides of the tub, watching each other. she almost looks suspicious and if you look close enough, she takes a gulp. Representing how it feels when you're getting to know some1 who Really likes you. All the scenes that continue when they're not around each other show how it was before they met each other. With Rihanna dropping to her knees in the field, him walking the road alone, her looking out the window, him looking towards his drumset, maybe a dream he gave up... Then there's the crazy part that i still can't explain, she gives him the cigarette to smoke but he doesn't exhale the smoke, she does. The third bathtub scene, she gives him the ok, and comes over to him, instead of kissing him, she leans against his chest, probably b/c she needed somewhere to rest emotionally and physically cause she looked like she'd been crying. And then they share the first kiss, and he's shirtless maybe, metaphorically, to show that he's giving his all to this relationship from the start? She's still dressed to show that she's guarded? And then the relationship begins as the song starts up.

    A major detail, the slot machine. It says play now. They were beginning the game of love annnd since love is a gamble... I'm not sure what the lightening strike was for though. Now from that part till my next paragraph it's the beginning of the rela, when everything's new, they Just started dating and they're happy and Rihanna's doing crazy stuff like running thru a field shirtless to express the freedom she feels with him. They're happy & free. Now when she says "As your shadow crosses mine" you see a car and a road in the background, alSo representing the start of their relationship. They're on the road together. Moving forward. (Take note of that. Forward.) Happy happy happy, sky and clouds, freedom, joy. Oo, now I love the skatepark part b/c well, i think it's a metaphor, yes, again. The guy goes down first w/o hesitation and looks back at Rihanna she's nervous/excited bout it and based on her hand gesture, she says, ok, i'm gonna do it. She slides down the ramp and into his arms. Safely. I think that represented falling in love and being caught at the bottom. He's so happy that she did it that he lifts her up and spins her around, then they're on their floor w/ their hands in the air. They're victorious. No one's hurt, they're still happy. She starts the chorus and flowers are growing around her, their romance is growing into something beautiful.

    The talking bass. Still happy, she's jumping on tables and stuff could represent that she starts telling the world, her friends, family, bout this love that she's found and she's so happy w/ him that she doesn't care who knows. And, the guy's happy about that of course. Background of Rihanna, fields, freedom. Then the pill scenes start up representing that the addiction has officially begun. First time they have sex, fireworks. They're jumping around and happy b/c everything's going perfectly, without a hitch. Freedom. Pattern.

    Shine a light through an open door
    Love and life I will divide
    means once you've peeked through the door, made sure everything's safe, which is what they did during the dating and falling in love periods, love and life begin to separate. The life you had before him becomes mute. You don't hang w/ the girls anymore or spend time w/ your family as much...

    Turn away cause I need you more,
    Feel the heartbeat in my mind.
    she's realizing she needs him more so she's starting to pull away and the destruction begins,(around the same time the destructive behavior starts in the m.vid). she feels her heart racing when she's near him and she knows she's falling too deep into her addiction to him.

    Back to the vid, they're shop lifting together. I think, once again, it's a metaphor. The innocent fun they had at the beginning became boring so they had to take it up a notch. Maybe just being together wasn't enough, maybe they had to do bad deeds to get that high that they had when they first started. What I think is the guy was too calm for Rihanna. That she's crazy, because from the beginning, she was doin some wild shit. I think she was starting to get bored w/ him & She initiated the wrong doings. b/c when she was in the cart and he was pushing it down the street, she was ecstatic, he was happy, but it didn't seem like his style, not something he'd have normally down if she hadn't been in his life. And i think she's the one that got him to start smoking in the beginning too.

    Flashing lights, but it's nighttime in the background as Rihanna sings. So remember that road and that car they were in at the beginning? In the background when they were moving forward? Now they're starting to go in circles, and RiRi's still ok b/c the relationship is still fun in her eyes. Rihanna wants to know that they're meant to be for sure, so she calls him over to the slot machine, and they play the love game. (Though they'd been playing the whole time, since the beginning of the song, when i mentioned the machine, BUT I think this time they want to know if they're meant to be together forever. The machine keeps saying no. Life's challenges keep saying no. Their differences keep saying no.) And they're both mad.

    We see Ri w/ tears down her face throwing a dart. Their love is a hit and miss. And she bases her throw on the fact that "WE HAVE ESP" on her tshirt. Idk bout you, but when i was in love w/ my ex, we had esp, BIG time. He could sense when i was upset, he'd text me as soon as i started thinking about him. We were on FIRE w/ that esp stuff, but apparently, that wasn't enough. Their relationship (& mine) was a hit and miss. Controlled demolition. They were destroying their relationship from the inside out. There are a lot of ways for how they pulled that off, maybe they were too set in their ways and no one can Really change. Maybe they were too different or maybe they didn't know how to handle trouble in relationships.

    So we see them in the car and they're driving in circles and ri slaps the dashboard and yells for him to stop. In the arguing stages, when the problems in the relationship aren't fixed, circles start to develop and OH GOD do they do damage! Police lights, not sure what that was about. Constant arguing, drinking. She gets out the car. She gets out of the relationship... then the happy times of them together cross the screen. I believe she was reminiscing the good times. Background, burning house, it could've been their love being so misguided and them being so immature in themselves that they couldn't control their love's flame and in letting problems and situations go undiscussed and get out of control, they burned themselves and the rela down. So, I think she was thinking over the entire relationship, the good and the bad, and how they lost control, and eventually she returns to the car, to the relationship.

    And I've said enough, way too much. The rest of the details in between should be obvious from here.
    kairi2723on January 04, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove this song, just thought I'd share the brilliant goodness of the lyrics with you all.
    Feel free to let me know if you think you have any lyric corrections.
    iheartthiswebsiteon September 26, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't think the lyrics are about drugs at all. In the musicvideo they're probably taking exctasy, but the lyrics in are pretty simple, an unhealthy relationship, which came from an unexpected but sad source, I don't know, but i think the video and lyrics are pretty seperate =)
    GGqueenon October 23, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningDon`t you think that "yellow dimonds" is a kind of metaphor. Maybe the author of the lyrics meant: "There a lot of warning signs (have you ever seen warning traffic signs which have a shape of yellow dimond) and those ones say that these guys can`t be together cos they found love in a hopeless place (there are some reasons why they can`t be together) ;-) IMHO
    maxstar78on November 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningBTW Rihanna's full prologue in the video:

    "It's like you're screaming
    And no one can hear
    You almost feel ashamed

    That someone could be that important
    That without them - you're nothing

    No one will ever understand how much it hurts
    You feel hopeless
    Like nothing can save you

    And when it's over - it's gone
    You almost wish that you could have all that bad stuff back
    So that you could have the good"

    In my opinion after viewing the video with the repeating scenes of:

    pill capsules falling, slot machines, mindless partying and raving, police sirens flashing, passing out, doing crazy things no sane person would do in public, smoking, world blurring around them at light speed, endless passionate sex, fireworks, pupils dilating, drinking, buildings destructing, vomiting, trying to drown herself in a tub, fire flames, injecting a substance into her butt, having a home-made tattoo placed on her butt, mood swings (violently fighting and right after making love), and then at the end moving out followed by Rihanna covering her face up while cowering in a corner

    This seems to be unequivocally about her and her boyfriend being in a dark place in their lives, feeling life is hopeless, and finding an escape in their love and by taking drugs: "Yellow diamonds in the light... what it takes to come alive".

    I question if she is *really* referring to Chris Brown. The apartment they are living at in the video is rundown and it has few possessions - the mattress doesn't even have sheets. The clothing and many of the appliances in the video are from the 1980s or early 90s. One scene has her shoplifting. Perhaps this is about her life with someone before she became rich and famous and the Chris Brown look-a-like is merely just an off-topic parting shot at her recent public embittered ex, Chris Brown.

    This song and video is beautiful.
    slcpunk87on November 30, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFor some reason, when she says "We found love in a hopeless place" i just want to believe that the love they found was hopeless from the get go. But that's just me, probably my own bias in there.
    free2ryhmeon September 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningYellow Diamonds -(crack rocks? what's a yellow drug that can be solid??).
    We found love in a "hopeless place" (land of drugs) -things never work out with drugs involved, especially if you love the drugs more.
    Love and life I will divide -separating her life and her love (drugs).
    Turn away 'cause I need you more -fighting her need by turning away.
    It's the way I'm feeling I just can't deny, but I've gotta let it go -gotta let go the good feeling because it's bad for her.
    I'm an amateur meaning finder so thanks for reading all the way through! :)
    eyeluuvmuzickon October 20, 2011   Link

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