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Oh, how about a round of applause
Yeah, standin' ovation
Oh oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah

You look so dumb right now
Standing' outside my house
Trying' to apologize
You're so ugly when you cry
Please, just cut it out

And don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught

But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
But now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertainin'
But it's over now (but it's over now)
Go on and take a bow
Oh...

Grab your clothes and get gone (get gone)
You better hurry up before the sprinklers come on
Talkin' about, girl, I love you, you're the one
This just looks like a re-run
Please, what else is on (oh)

And don't tell me you're sorry 'cause you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught

But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
But now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertainin'
But it's over now (but it's over now)
Go on and take a bow

Oh, and the award for the best liar goes to you
For making me believe that you could be faithful to me
Let's hear your speech out

How about a round of applause
A standin' ovation

But you put on quite a show
Really had me going
Now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertainin'
But it's over now (but it's over now)
Go on and take a bow

But it's over now...



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  • k
    +7
    kingblingSep 12, 2008 at 9:15 pm
    "take a bow" means to get praise for a successful performance (on stage) but here it's used sarcastically to congratulate her bf on his cheating:P She doesn't want to continue that relationship because once somebody has cheated on you he should never be trusted anymore. It makes me laugh and at the same time think how sad it is to be fooled by somebody u love...
  • x
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    XydyJun 8, 2008 at 11:22 am
    Self-respect! it's basically all about it. Finding out that you have been made a fool is not the end of the world, but allowing yourself to be fooled over and over is! You should always remember that you are special and if that person you are with, cannot see nor appreciate your love, DO NOT EVER allow yourself to be humiliated by publicly being made a fool! It damn hurts, yes, but giving importance to yourself brings you to the path where you'll meet that ONE person, not to complete you, but complement your 'importance' thus creating another show, but this time, none from you both has to "Take a Bow".
  • t
    +6
    TashiieBaYbeMay 10, 2008 at 10:41 am
    hhe thiss song iis soo meaningfuL..shes talking about this guy..(hopefullY!!) lol and the "show" is of him cheating on her or hurting hur..Liike a t.V show..he acted..Lied .. and the wordS "buH iiTs Ovr nOWw, go on And taKe a bOw"..SheZ enDing iiT WhicH iiS preTTy KooL!!

    LOVE iiT!!

    X TashiieBaYbe X
  • i
    +5
    iceprincess9481Jan 4, 2009 at 7:29 pm
    This song is excellent but I think that the director who made of tha video is crappy. RIHANNA DID GOOD!!!SHE WAS EXCELLENT!!! But the video was crappy really crappy!
  • k
    +5
    kk1992123Dec 17, 2008 at 6:26 pm
    When I think of all the guys that did me wrong and cheated. This song helps me out. Because it tells you , you have to be strong and don't let the haters and cheaters get you down. Keep your head held high smile through it cause your tougher than what they make you out to be. =) thumbs up everyone.

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