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Rihanna - Desperado

[Verse 1]
Desperado
Sitting in a old Monte Carlo
A man whose heart is hollow
Uh huh, take it easy
I’m not tryna go against you
Actually, I’m going with you

[Pre-Chorus]
Gotta get up out of here
And you ain’t leaving me behind
I know you won't, cause we share common interests
You need me, there ain’t no leaving me behind
Never know, no, just want out of here
Yeah, once we're gone, ain’t no going back

[Chorus]
If you want, take a peek and run away
Running from and it’s out of luck
Yeah, yeah, there ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing here for me
There ain’t nothing here for me anymore
But I don’t wanna be alone

[Verse 2]
Desperado
Sitting in an old Monte Carlo
We've both had our hearts broken
Take it easy
I'm not trying to go against you
I can be a lone wolf fishing

[Pre-Chorus]
Gotta get up out of here
And you ain’t leaving me behind
I know you won't, cause we share common interests
You need me, there ain’t no leaving me behind
Never know, no, both flying out of here
Yeah, once we're gone, ain’t no going back

[Chorus]
If you want, we could be runaways
Running from and it’s out of luck
Yeah, yeah, there ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing here for me
There ain’t nothing here for me anymore
I don’t wanna be alone

[Bridge]
Dear desperado
Yeah I don’t wanna be alone
Dear desperado
Yeah I don’t wanna be alone

[Chorus]
If you want, we could be runaways
Running from and it’s out of luck
Yeah, yeah, there ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing here for me
There ain’t nothing here for me anymore
But I don’t wanna be alone

[Outro]
Yeah-yeah-ah
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"Desperado" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album "Anti". It was written and produced by Mick Schultz with additional writing by Krystin "Rook Monroe" Watkins, Rihanna, Iman Jordan, James Fauntleroy and Derrus Rachel. During the recording process of Anti, Rihanna rented a house in Malibu over several months and started extensively writing and composing music with her team consisting of various musicians. One of the songwriters in the house was Krystin "Rook Monroe" Watkins. He together with American producer Mick Schultz worked on the song. Their efforts resulted in mid-tempo song feature deep synths and vocal samples. Following the album's release "Desperado" was met with positive reviews who praised the song for its Western themes. On June 9, 2017, a dance remixes extended play was released via the iTunes Store for digital download and streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. It topped the US Dance Club Songs chart, becoming her fifth to do so in 2017; Rihanna became the only act to score as many number ones within a year. "Desperado" also became her seventh from Anti, the second only album to have produced as many, and her thirty-second single in total. Rihanna sings about a “desperado"—someone "on the run,” either literally or metaphorically. She struggles in their relationship and wonders whether she can run away with him or if she will get left behind. The beat on “Desperado” is an interpolation of the background vocals on alternative-R&B singer Banks‘ song “Waiting Game”. The song’s producer, Mike Schultz, said that he wanted the song to sound “edgy.” "I like to do different things and try to push the envelope on sound. If you listen to the record, it’s got an alternative vibe but still has urban undertones but it’s guitar and dirty live bass. I was just trying to do something edgy. I’m into doing dark, edgy stuff that moves you, puts you in a mood." According to Songfacts, producer Mike Schultz explained to Billboard magazine: "I actually had the “Desperado” track. It wasn’t written to and I actually went over to her house and I had just taken some things I thought would be a good fit. I hadn’t even heard anything she was doing so it was like completely a blind thing but my friend Rook who wrote the song he was over there and he invited me to come over so that was like a random chain of events that turned out to work but that’s not always the case. I don’t usually just bring in something like that randomly. I met her [Rihanna] and she had a place that she was working on a bunch of music. Me and Rook were just in a room vibing out to the “Desperado” track that I had. Rook just started working on it. She didn’t hear it till there was already lyrics on it. I didn’t actually play it for her – I actually found out she had a lot of people working on stuff for her. It might have been a week after I had gone over to her house and did that song that I just heard from her team that she really loves the record. One thing led to another and she cut it but I actually never really presented the record to her."

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