Cold Case Love

Songfacts®:

  • This six-minute epic was co-written by Justin Timberlake and helmed by his production group, The Y's.
  • In this song a series of crime scene metaphors are used to reflect back on a relationship. It appears to have been inspired by Rihanna's tumultuous one with Chris Brown, which ended in a much publicized violent manner.
  • Rihanna told The Sun December 4, 2009 that having such personal lyrics meant that the recording process wasn't always easy. She said: "There are lots of emotions and things that go through your mind, things that you don't want people to know about. On songs like 'Stupid In Love', 'Fire Bomb', 'The Last Song' and 'Cold Case Love', they get really personal. I'm able to listen back to it now but in the beginning it was really weird. I couldn't even listen to demos or anything. It was too deep for me. I kept having to leave the studio when people wanted to listen to the songs."

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