Where Have You Been | Rihanna

What is the meaning and main idea of Rihanna's Where Have You Been song? What is the message the song tries to convey? Continue reading this article to find the answers. And for you reference, below is the complete lyric of the song.


I
I've been everywhere, man
Looking for someone
Someone who can please me
Love me all night long
I've been everywhere, man
Looking for you babe
Looking for you babe
Searching for you babe

II
Where have you been
Cause I never see you out
Are you hiding from me?
Somewhere in the crowd

III
Where have you been all my life
All my life
Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-i-ife
Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-i-ife
Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-i-ife
Where have you been all my life

Back to I, II, III

Where have you been all my li-i-i-i-i-ife

You can have me all you want
Any way, any day
Just show me where you are tonight

Back to I

Meaning, Main Idea, and Message Of The Song

It's true that different person has different choice. It applies in all aspects of our life: fashion, food, lifestyle, etc. Of course, in terms of mate or lover choice, the rule is also applicable. While some people like to have lovers who are faithful and truthful, others may prefer the naughty ones. While some prefer lovers who are football players, others may try hard to find those who are musicians.

The choice seems to be influenced by many things. Surroundings where ones live, places where ones often come at, books which ones usually reads, television programs which ones watch, and of course, perspective about romantic relationship that ones have play important roles in the choice. Those partygoers who often come to the club will, naturally, choose ones who are also partygoers as their lover. People whose favorite TV program is Baywatch will be more likely to look for mates looking like David Hasselhoff or Pamela Anderson Lee.

So, how is it related to the meaning of Rihanna's Where Have You Been song? Well, based on the complete lyric of the song above, it seems to me that the song describes a girl's feeling in search for a man whom she is interested in. However, the type of the man is not explained in detail. She only mentions that the man must be able to please her. Included in the criterion that he could please her is that he must be able to love her all night long. Based on the two criteria mentioned, it can be concluded that the girl is a hedonistic one. More specifically, it seems that she enjoys free sex lifestyles (well, nowadays, who are not?). But, as any other things in this world, when we like and need something very much, that thing misteriously becomes difficult to find. It also happens here. The man he is looking for seems to be nowhere. That's why she sings "Just show me where you are tonight."

Well, that's my interpretation of Rihanna's Where Have You Been song. Your comments are highly appreciated.

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