Riff: Rihanna – “Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary”

Nov 19, 2012

Felt like love struck me in the night/I prayed that love don’t strike twice

from Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary lyrics by Rihanna

Directly after claiming that her and Brown’s relationship is nobody else’s business, Rihanna recalls the night that made them the unwanted poster couple for domestic abuse on this gloopy 80s soft-rock synth-ballad. Worryingly, its main hook implies such an event is part and parcel of true love.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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