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Rihanna – Take A Bow lyrics
Oh, how about a round of applause
Yeah, standin' ovation
Oh oh 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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  • justmylife
    + 11
    justmylife
    I think the meaning to the song is never cheat. Because even if you apologize, you still hurt someone who loved you. No amount of apologizing can fix a heart that's badly damaged. Even if that person who loves you still cares for you its still hard to forget what you did. In the end you shouldnt have broken that persons heart in the first place. You may love the person still but you don't take back whos hurt you.
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  • x
    + 7
    Xydy
    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".
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  • r
    + 4
    rynhia
    Saduko don't hate on rihanna just cause the choices she made its her choices not urs so you should get a life and a hobby other than hating on rihanna you little 9 yr old don't hate aprecciate just cause she still got fellings for chris ur mad cause you aint hot famous or got chris for a boyfriend show some respect that's what ur momma should have touaght you that I hate you if I saw you I would have smack the hater off you.
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  • s
    + 3
    stevejod
    Public diplomacy - the Queen is giving the kiss off to a person/people/country that she has found out are untrustworthy and are not deserving of her support or protection. In fact quite the opposite - and this is a warning that she's about to send the heavy mob in to sort them out - and its too late for them to persuade her that they should be given one last chance. Game over - and out.
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  • volleyballfreak123
    + 3
    volleyballfreak123
    The meaning to this song is that Rihanna is saying that she is so sick and tired of the guy saying crap like he loves her and wants her, and than completly hurting her. Than he does it all over again, and she says stuff like don't tell me sorry cause your not, because he just wants to have her, but he doesn't actually care for her. So the meaning of this song is that shes just tired of getting hurt.
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  • r
    + 3
    rissajayne_8128
    Pretty sure ii love this song, mostly because I've been in the same situation. More than once.
    Alot of people seem to not reali know what the songs about though, so. Its about her bf cheating on her and she finds out and, basically, tells him off and hes all "im so sorry dont leave me" and whatever pretendin like he still loves her and whatnot, and when she tells him to take a bow its because he was acting like he loved her when reali he was jus cheatin on her the whole time. Thts my interpretation anyway. :)
    and ps; ii love rihanna:)
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  • d
    + 3
    destiny74
    Every on here doesn't know what there talking about I a black girl and I can tell you what the whole song means. Her boyfriend was cheating on her and he didn't care about cheating on her. Now that she caught him he is so sorry even though he isn't really because if she wouldn't of caught him he would of kept cheating and the reason why she said take a bow is because she know he Is faking and he is full of s*t because he was lieing through out the whole relationship. That's what it means.
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  • k
    + 3
    klmvdfnmv
    Well the song is about a girl getting cheated on and the guy refuses to admit it and she tells him to take a bow cause his time is up. This is so true and girls don't deserve to be treated like this. Guys can be sooo selfish. I just wish this song could show guys what happens if they choose to cheat on their girlfriend. Well they will loose them. Duh.
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  • m
    + 2
    maian24
    I can relate to this song. Yhis song is for us girls who was just fooled by our loved one! We gave importance to that person but what else did he do? All those god damns are supposed to be in hell. And also the girl behind those guy's mistake! I really hate you. I wish you in hell. I do not know if I can still resist but life must go on. I know! For those girls who trust their partners so much, pls think twice! No one knows what the hell they are thingking. Please listen to me.
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  • j
    + 2
    jjc05267173
    The meaning of this song is when you caught your boyfriend with some one else you just have to let him go and move on. It's time for a girl to show that you can live without him. His just a boy who played you. When your in a relationship he must be content of what you have but if he tends to find someone else. Let him go. Your relationship is over. Just move on. Its over and it can't come back.
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  • U
    + 1
    Unregistered
    Trwy is not an issue to o to take a look at the end of October and the best way of saying that it would have to go back in the morning to the next two weeks after a while ago I don't think I'm a good time waster for a long.
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  • U
    + 1
    Unregistered
    This song suit my current situation. Well, there's a guy, he keep texting and calling me. He always ask if I got a boyfriend or not. When the time past by, I kinda like this guy. There, we start to go out, study together and do something like a couple would do. One day, I found out he already has a girlfriend in his hometown. (we actually living in hostel) that time, I don't know what to do as I already felt deep in love with him. So, for our first semester break, I told him that I already knew he has a girlfriend. He said to me that he just treating me as a friend and keep saying sorry. From there, he doesn't text me anymore and so do I. Until the week when we were about to graduate from college, he ask me if I can be his girlfriend (he haven't break up with his girl). I really hate him that time but at the same time I hurt a lot too because I love him so much. So, I decide to make to right choice by rejecting him.
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  • U
    + 1
    Unregistered
    This song is all about a relationship that once was full of love but was broken because the male cheated on his parter with someone else. 'Take a bow' means well done, sarcastically, because he was seeing someone else and she was fooled and she didn't have a clue so it's like she's being sarcastic and saying 'good acting! ' when you say you love me. I've been through this situation twice which is why I find this song. Helpful? For those of you who have been cheated on, slap your (now) ex and tell 'em to piss of because they're useless and a good-for-nothing cheat! If you forgive them easily tic the clock back and reverse the truck because you just took the wrong turning, hun!
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  • j
    + 1
    Jackie7398
    To twightlighttime. No you can't make it seem like rihanna didn't do nunin or play a part of dha chris brown n rihanna. If she pushed him to the limit, he had to do what he had to. Chris brown still mi baby n rihanna still a trashy a* hoe. N what yo bio-father did to you waz really wrong though. I love this song 4 girls or women or was tha victim dha whole time in dha realtionship n just fed up now.
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  • twighlighttime
    + 1
    twighlighttime
    How'd you all like to get beat? It ain't like no one deserves it! Reiannah, I'm sure, don't deserve to get beat by nobody! Would you like to be beat 'till you black and blue? Think of the emotional scarring! You think you'll get over it? Well, you won't. My bio-father abused me physically once, forcing me to take somethin' that I couldn't have because I knew it made me sick. I was what. 5? 6? And now I'm 16. Emotional scarring never ever get over it.
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  • m
    + 1
    maian24
    Ladies out there, as you read my comment I hope you will appreciate what I feel. What I am going through right now is not easy. I really love that guy, we are almost perfect together until I found out that my very close friend from my work and my bf was just fooling me. It was started this new yr lng! Buti nlng mhl aco ng magulang ng bf co. I mean my ex! And our friends. They tell me evrything. I want those man in hell. Ewan ko pano ako mgmumuv. On. Any advices pls?
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  • U
    0
    Unregistered
    I think the meaning of this song for me is, if the girl got tired of forgiving and giving chances, she just don't care anymore like the efforts and everything , she don't want to trust and get hurt all over again, so, she just give the damn guy a chance to explain himself and right after asked him to just go cause she'll be living her life without him fooling around. It's sad, but its true, this song is a lesson to all the girls out there ,being with someone who don't deserve your worth is truly unacceptable, that only means that the relationship between the two of you are not meant to last forever. You can't be with someone who only know how to break your heart and make you miserable in many ways.
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  • i
    - 1
    injuredhart07
    Hahaha. This is like the opposite I mean my x-wifey is d 1 cheatin on me. And caught 'er in d act. So many explanations but neither one I believed. Know why its been 4 years that shes done those things and I heared a lot already. I closed my eyes before but time to wake up and just close the door. I just wanna give 'er a big round of applause. Very entertaining. Nice show. Casting is very well prepared. Many boys were also injured on the act. And many boys were also satisfied with the act. I was even part of the introduction. Very nice. But its time to wrap up. Take the award. Best liar.
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  • b
    - 1
    babylei
    I like this song very much! This song of rhihanna is about a girl that is being cheated by her boyfriend. As I can see in rhihanna's video, the boy is trying to apologies and still in denial. But the girl refuses to trust him again that's why she tries her best to avoid her boyfriend, I mean ex-boyfriend. We girls don't deserve it. Why do boys make fun of their girlfriends.?
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  • l
    - 3
    lien
    Uhm, the song says that the guy was giving sorry to the girl not just because the guy lied the girl but the point was that the guy was so sorry to the girl because she caught it in the act that the guy has another girl. But then, the guy keep on explaining to the girl and kept on being sorry for what he had done.
    So, for all the guys who were keep on being sorry and keep on explaining pero nonsense naman, o'cmon, don't expect the things that is need to be expect! You know nah! Coz we!, the girls, we already know your strategies.
    Let the Lord judge you and curse you!
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  • s
    - 10
    saduko
    Love it and I got sick of it because I heard it too much and I don't like her because all the choices she made with chris brown and I am doing a play at my school instead of the grammie awards its the grannie awards so I'm going to bring my grannie I'm thinking bout doing take a bow for my audition but I'm not sure yet but I forgot I just can't wait till the play I don't even know what part I got oh well it's up front of 300 peeps and I might be singing solo and I'm really good I'm not trying to brag but my teacher who is the aunest teacher in my school even said that she told me too sing ok well I just had to get that out hope you guys don't think I'm a freak well bye ps I'm 9
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