Song of the Day #2,793: ‘Work’ – Rihanna feat. Drake

rihanna_workAfter nearly three weeks of somber Lucinda Williams songs, I owe my readers something more mainstream. So for the next two weeks I’ll present my first 2016 installment of ‘What the Kids are Listening To,’ my quarterly rundown of Billboard’s Hot 100.

It’s been long enough since my last dive into the charts that almost every song in the Top Ten this week is new to the blog.

At #1 is ‘Work,’ Rihanna’s latest collaboration with Drake. This is the first single from Rihanna’s new album, Anti, which I have yet to buy because it’s available only through Tidal. At least it was the last time I checked.

‘Work’ debuted in the top spot, giving Rihanna her 14th Billboard #1 single. That moves her ahead of Michael Jackson and behind only Mariah Carey (18) and The Beatles (20) for most #1’s all-time. Impressive.

Also impressive are the pair of videos Rihanna released for this track, both of which feature her in various states of undress doing unspeakable things to a very lucky Drake.

As for the song itself? Meh.

[Hook: Rihanna]
Work, work, work, work, work, work
He said me haffi
Work, work, work, work, work, work!
He see me do mi
Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt!
So me put in
Work, work, work, work, work, work
When you ah guh
Learn, learn, learn, learn, learn
Meh nuh cyar if him
Hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt, hurting

[Verse 1: Rihanna]
Dry! …Me a desert him
Nuh time to have you lurking
Him ah go act like he nuh like it
You know I dealt with you the nicest
Nuh body touch me you nuh righteous
Nuh badda, text me in a crisis
I believed all of your dreams, adoration
You took my heart and my keys and my patience
You took my heart on my sleeve for decoration
You mistaken my love I brought for you for foundation
All that I wanted from you was to give me
Something that I never had
Something that you’ve never seen
Something that you’ve never been!
Mmmmm!
But I wake up and act like nothing’s wrong
Just get ready fi…

[Hook: Rihanna]
Work, work, work, work, work, work
He said me haffi
Work, work, work, work, work, work!
He see me do mi
Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt!
So me put in
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Ner ner ner ner ner ner!
When yuh ago learn learn learn learn learn learn!
Before the tables turn turn turn turn turn turn!

[Verse 2: Rihanna]
Beg you something please
Baby don’t you leave
Don’t leave me stuck here in the streets, uh huh
If I get another chance to
I will never, no never neglect you
I mean who am I to hold your past against you?
I just hope that it gets to you
I hope that you see this through
I hope that you see this true
What can I say?
Please recognize I’m tryin’, babe!!!
I have to

[Hook: Rihanna]
Work, work, work, work, work, work
He said me haffi
Work, work, work, work, work, work!
He see me do mi
Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt!
So me put in
Work, work, work, work, work, work
When you ah guh
Learn, learn, learn, learn, learn
Meh nuh cyar if him
Hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt, hurting

[Verse 3: Drake]
Yeah, okay
You need to get done, done, done, done at work, come over
We just need to slow the motion
Don’t give that away to no one
Long distance, I need you
When I see potential I just gotta see it through
If you had a twin, I would still choose you
I don’t wanna rush into it, if it’s too soon
But I know you need to get done, done, done, done
If you come over
Sorry if I’m way less friendly
I got niggas tryna end me, oh
I spilled all my emotions tonight, I’m sorry
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
How many more shots until you’re rollin’?
We just need a face to face
You could pick the time and the place
You spent some time away
Now you need to forward and give me all the…

[Hook: Rihanna & Drake]
Work, work, work, work, work, work
He said me haffi
Work, work, work, work, work, work
He se me do mi
Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt!
So me put in
Work, work, work, work, work, work
When you ah guh
Learn, learn, learn, learn, learn
Meh nuh cyar if him
Hurt, hurt, hurt, hurt, hurting

[Outro: Rihanna]
Mmmmm, mmmmm
Mmmmm, mmmmm
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Mmmmm, mmmmm

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,793: ‘Work’ – Rihanna feat. Drake

  1. Dana says:

    Very happy to wake up this morning to something other than Lucinda Williams.😄

    I have somehow missed this song on the radio, though I’m sure I will be hearing it again soon. I don’t find it nearly as good or interesting as some of the tracks from her last album.

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