Song of the Day #1,019: ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’ – Maroon 5 & Rihanna

I started Duet Week with two gentlemen of advanced age sharing the mic, but the rest of the week will feature pairings between men and women. And the first of those is this very steamy match-up between Rihanna and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

I recently read a Rolling Stone interview with Rihanna in which the writer gushed about how impossibly gorgeous she is in person — unlike many celebrities who turn out to be a product of PhotoShop and packaging, Rihanna’s presence is amplified in the flesh. Where do you sign up for that guy’s job?

This video, from around the same time as ‘Umbrella,’ captures Rihanna looking her finest. She goes through about 10 outfits in this clip and each one is hotter than the last. I’m not a big fan of the red hair thing she has going on right now. This I like.

I don’t know what to make of Levine. I’ve rolled my eyes at his blatant push for sex symbol status but I’m intrigued by his participation in The Voice, a move that suggests he takes himself less seriously than I thought. And he writes catchy songs, I’ll give him that.

Now as the summer fades, I let you slip away
You say I’m not your type but I can make you sway
It makes you burn to learn you’re not the only one
I’d let you be if you put down your blazing gun

Now you’ve gone somewhere else far away
I don’t know if I will find you
But you feel my breath on your neck
Can’t believe I’m right behind you

‘Cause you keep me coming back for more
And I feel a little better than I did before
If I never see your face again, I don’t mind
‘Cause we’ve gone much further than I thought we’d get tonight

Sometimes you move so well, it’s hard not to give in
I’m lost, I can’t tell where you end and I begin
It makes me burn to learn you’re with another man
I wonder if he’s half the lover that I am

Now you’ve gone somewhere else far away
I don’t know if I will find you
But you feel my breath on your neck
Can’t believe I’m right behind you

‘Cause you keep me coming back for more
And I feel a little better than I did before
If I never see your face again, I don’t mind
‘Cause we’ve gone much further than I thought we’d get tonight

Baby, baby, please believe me
Find it in your heart to reach me
Promise not to leave me behind

Take me down but take it easy
Make me think but don’t deceive me
Torture me by taking your time

‘Cause you keep me coming back for more
And I feel a little better than I did before
If I never see your face again, I don’t mind
‘Cause we’ve gone much further than I thought we’d get tonight

You keep me coming back for more
And I feel a little better than I did before
If I never see your face again, I don’t mind
‘Cause we’ve gone much further than I thought we’d get tonight

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,019: ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’ – Maroon 5 & Rihanna

  1. Dana says:

    The song doesn’t do much for me, but the video is certainly easy on the eyes.

  2. Amy says:

    It’s funny to have that high voice come out of him, when he’s posturing himself as some sex symbol. Not that a sexy guy can’t have a high voice – still love Roland Gift from Fine Young Cannibals, after all!

    That said, I think they look great together in this video. This is the sort of collaboration you can’t help wonder would ever happen if either participant didn’t look the way he/she does. Of course, in the end, who cares? It works 🙂

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