‘Lift Me Up’: Rihanna releases tribute song

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Rihanna just released Lift Me Up, a new song and lead single from the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack. The song is her first solo music since her “ANTI” album six years ago and fans are getting emotional with its fervently sentimental lyrics and haunting melody. The Lift Me Up music video released on Friday is interspersed with scenes from Black Panther and the singer-songwriter on the beach poignantly singing the words expressing that longing to be held, taken care of, and protected by the one you love.

Rihanna wrote Lift Me Up together with fellow artist Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson and “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler to pay homage to Chadwick Boseman the Black Panther star who died of colon cancer in 2020. Check out the complete lyrics below.

Lift Me Up: Rihanna

LIFT ME UP

[Chorus]
Lift me up
Hold me down
Keep me close
Safe and sound

[Verse 1]
Burning in a hopeless dream
Hold me when you go to sleep
Keep me in the warmth of your love
When you depart, keep me safe
Safe and sound

[Chorus]
Lift me up
Hold me down
Keep me close
Safe and sound

[Verse 2]
Drowning in an endless sea
Take some time and stay with me
Keep me in the strength of your arms
Keep me safe
Safe and sound
[Chorus]
Lift me up
Hold me down
Keep me safe
Safe and sound

[Verse 3]
Burning in a hopeless dream
Hold me when you go to sleep
Keep me safe
We need light, we need love

[Chorus]
(Lift me up) Lift me up in your arms
(Hold me down) I need love, I need love, I need love
(Keep me close) Hold me, hold me
(Safe and sound) Hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me
(Lift me up) Hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me
(Hold me down) Hold me, hold me
(Keep me safe) We need light, we need love

Rihanna is scheduled to perform the halftime show in next year’s SuperBowl and this new song is making fans wonder whether the pop icon’s SuperBowl number will incorporate this new stripped-down vibe to the Rihanna trademark that audiences around the world are used to.

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