Rihanna defends her relationship in the murky “Diamonds.”
A stiff keyboard opens the single, setting a humorless tone while Rihanna tells her boyfriend that he is a good person. (“Shine bright like a diamond/Shine bright like a diamond.”)
He’s her rock and the one person she will always love. She won’t listen to anyone anymore. She won’t let anyone break them up again. They are meant for each other. There is so much to him that no one sees and it’s only for her. When they are together, she has a purpose. When they first met, she realized he was the love of her life. He smiled at her and she couldn’t help but grin back, bouncing inside from the love she felt. (“Find light in the beautiful sea/I choose to be happy/You and I, you and I/We’re like diamonds in the sky/You’re a shooting star I see/A vision of ecstasy/When you hold me, I’m alive/We’re like diamonds in the sky/I knew that we’d become one right away/Oh, right away/At first sight I felt the energy of sun rays/I saw the life inside your eyes.”)
In the chorus, she says they are special and deserve to be happy. (“So shine bright tonight, you and I/We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky/Eye to eye, so alive/We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky/
Shine bright like a diamond/Shine bright like a diamond/Shine bright like a diamond/We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky/Shine bright like a diamond/Shine bright like a diamond/Shine bright like a diamond/
We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky.”)
When people see what a good match they are, they celebrate their relationship. Their love is eternal and other people will eventually know it, too. (“Palms rise to the universe/As we moonshine and molly/Feel the warmth, we’ll never die/We’re like diamonds in the sky.”)
The first verse is shortened and sung again. (“You’re a shooting star I see.. at first sight I felt the energy of sun rays/I saw the life inside your eyes.”)
The chorus is sung again.
“Shine bright like a diamond” is sung an extra three times.
The chorus is sung again.
“Shine bright like a diamond” is sung another seven times to end the single.
Rihanna’s fragile, shaky vocals are fearful. She’s desperate for people to understand her relationship. It’s important for her. If she keeps telling herself it’s ok that they are together again, maybe she will believe it.
However, none of it could ever erase her beaten face or the police report which told of Chris Brown biting her and then leaving for dead. Even more disburbing is hearing her profess her love to her abuser. Given Brown’s track record, it’s inevitable it will happen again. In the future, (hopefully) Rihanna will be able to accept help, get therapy and be able to be in a healthy relationship one day.
The creepy “Diamonds” totters around, blind to the danger in front of it.
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