The breadth of the lyrics elicits the listener's emotional response and possibly a sense of empathy, but part of the interest in the track is attributable to how the lyrics might add to the media speculation about the relationship between Rihanna and Chris Brown.
Read in their context of their tempestuous relationship, the lyrics take on a much darker tone. For instance, the line "if you dare come a little closer" is on the surface a simple, relatable evocation of how love makes us vulnerable, but here there is the paradoxical promise of threat and intimacy which seems to characterize their relationship.
Indeed, the characters that populate this song are "hot headed" and the song is made particularly intriguing by its themes of apprehension and uncertainty:
"Not really sure how to feel about it, something in the way you move, makes me feel like I can't live without you."
This particular lyric might be an allusion to The Beatles' 1969 single "Something
," which similarly relates a protagonist who is unsure about a relationship: "You're asking me will my love grow... I don't know."