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Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
UnapologeticcoverLove Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
Genre R&B, electronica, New Wave
Album Unapologetic
Length 6:58
Label Def Jam Recordings, SRP
Producer The-Dream, McKinney
Album Tracklisting
Last Song
"Nobody's Business"
Next Song
"Get It Over With"
"Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary" is a song recorded by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna for her seventh studio album Unapologetic (2012). It was co-written by Rihanna with The-Dream and Carlos McKinney, who both produced the song. The two-parter derives its musical structure from the genres of electronica and New Wave. "Love Without Tragedy" contains lyrics about love, and transitions into "Mother Mary", in which Rihanna makes a confession about a moment in her life which she regrets, possibly referring to Chris Brown.

The song garnered a positive response from music critics. Many reviewers praised the deep meaning of the song and her vocal performance, and described it as the album's "centerpiece". Additionally, it received comparison to the works by The Police and their lead singer Sting. Upon the release of Unapologetic, "Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary" debuted at number 95 on the French Singles Chart, 113 on the UK Singles Chart and 13 on the UK R&B Chart, due to strong digital download sales.

LyricsEdit

Red lipstick, rose petals, heartbreak
I was his Marilyn Monroe
Brown eyes, tuxedo, fast cars
A James Dean on the low,
Dean on the low

I ask you what's the matter
You say, oh it's nothing at all
Heart's racing, outta control
And you knew that I couldn't let it go

You used to be this boy I loved
And I used to be this girl of your dreams
Who knew the course of this one drive
Injured us fatally

You took the best years of my life
I took the best years of your life
Felt like love struck me in the night
I pray that love don't strike twice

Red lipstick, rose petals, heartbreak
I was his Marilyn Monroe
Brown eyes, tuxedo, fast cars
A James Dean on the low

What's love without tragedy
What's love without tragedy (Marilyn Monroe)
What's love without tragedy
What's love without tragedy

Mother Mary, I swear I wanna change
Mister Jesus, I'd love to be a queen
But I'm from the left side of an island
Never thought this many people would even know my name
As time flies, way above me
For you I've cried, tears sea-deep
Oh glory, the prayers carry me

I'll be a star, you keep directing me
Let's make the best scene they've ever seen
Let's capture the moment
'Cause even forever ain't forever

I swear by the moment
'Cause together ain't promised forever
Let's live in the moment
As long as we got each other

Die in the moment
I'm prepared to die in the moment
'Cause even forever ain't forever
I swear by the moment
'Cause together ain't promised forever

I swear by the moment
As long as we got each other
Die in the moment
I'm prepared to die in the moment
To die in the moment

Mother Mary, I swear I wanna change
Mister Jesus, I'd love to be a queen
But I'm from the left side of an island
Never thought this many people would even know my name
As time flies, way above me
For you I've cried, tears sea-deep
Oh glory, the prayers carry me

I'll be a star, you keep directing me
Let's make the best scene they've ever seen
Let's capture the moment
'Cause even forever ain't forever

I swear by the moment
'Cause together ain't promised forever
Let's live in the moment
As long as we got each other

Die in the moment
I'm prepared to die in the moment
I'm prepared to die in the moment
I'm prepared to die in the moment

'Cause even forever ain't forever
I swear by the moment
I'm prepared to die in the moment

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