Aubrey Drake Graham

"Take Care" (Feat. Rihanna)

Biography

Drake, who's real name is Aubrey Drake Graham, is a very popular artist known for his music. Drake was born in October 24th, 1986 in Toronto, Ontario. You most likely know him by the name of Drake or Drizzy Drake. Drake didn’t start out as a rapper though. He actually was an actor. In 2001 he starred in a popular TV show called Degrassi: The Next Generation. He played the physically disabled character named Jimmy Brooks. He did many seasons of this show. In 2006 he released his first mixtape to his official website and MySpace page. It instantly became noticed and very popular. From the success of his first mixtape, he later began releasing more, capitalizing from the buzz. From there Drake started gaining popularity when he did his first song with Lil Wayne. Once he started to become more and more popular, he ended his acting career with his last season of Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2009.

Drake has achieved so much success before even signing to a major record label. In 2009 his songs “Best I Ever Had” and “Every Girl” made the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. He is the second artist to have his first two top ten hits be in the same week. In 2009 Drake released his newest mixtape called “So Far Gone.” He put it on iTunes for people to download it for free. There were over 2,000 downloads within the first 2 hours. MTV named “So Far Gone” the hottest mixtape of 2009.
Drake - Take Care ft. Rihanna

Lyric Analysis

Title: I think the meaning behind the title is a person taking care of their significant other.

Paraphrase: The song is about a guy taking care, or trying to, of a girl he likes. It's about him being there for here, helping her, waiting for her and anything else possible.

Connotation:

  • Repetition- "I know you've been hurt by someone else. I can tell by the way you carry yourself. If you let me, here's what I'll do. I'll take care of you." Emphasizes the point he's trying to get across saying that he'll take care or be there for the person he likes. He knows that she's been hurt by another guy.
  • Hyperbole- "Dealing with a heart that I didn't break." He's exaggerating because a heart can't or doesn't physically break.
  • Symbolism- "When all the baggage just ain't as heavy." Baggage is symbolizing the girls feelings and emotions.
Attitude: A guy caring for a girl he likes.

Shifts: The tone is the same through the whole song.

Title: I think the meaning behind the title is a guy being there for a girl he likes in every way possible.

Theme: A guy telling a girl he likes, he'll be there for her and take care of her. A lot of girls have been hurt before, but there's always a caring and good guy out there.

"Take Care" (Feat. Rihanna) Lyrics

[Rihanna]

I know you’ve been hurt by someone else
I can tell by the way you carry yourself
If you let me, here’s what I’ll do
I’ll take care of you
I’ve loved and I’ve lost


[Drake: Verse 1]
I’ve asked about you and they told me things
But my mind didn’t change
And I still feel the same
What's a life with no fun? please don’t be so ashamed
I’ve had mine, you’ve had yours we both know
We know, they don’t get you like I will
My only wish is I die real
Cause that truth hurts, and those lies heal
And you can’t sleep thinking that he lies still
So you cry still, tears all in the pillow case
Big girls all get a little taste,ah
Pushing me away so I give her space,ah
Dealing with a heart that I didn’t break

I’ll be there for you, I will care for you
I keep thinking you just don’t know
Trying to run from that, say you’re done with that
On your face girl, it just don’t show
When you’re ready, just say you’re ready
When all the baggage just ain’t as heavy

And the party's over, just don’t forget me
We’ll change the pace and we'll just go slow
You won’t ever have to worry,
You won’t ever have to hide
You've seen all my mistakes
So look me in my eyes

[Rihanna]
Cause if you let me, here’s what I’ll do
I’ll take care of you
I’ve loved and I’ve lost

[Drake: Verse 2]
Yeah
It’s my birthday, I'll get high if I want to
Can’t deny that I want you, but I'll lie if I have to
Cause you don’t say you love me
To your friends when they ask you
Even though we both know that you do (you do)
One time, been in love one time
You and all your girls in the club one time
All so convinced that you’re following your heart
Cause your mind don’t control what it does sometimes
We all have our nights though, don’t be so ashamed
I’ve had mine, you’ve had yours, we both know
We know, you hate being alone
You ain’t the only one
You hate the fact that you bought the dream
And they sold you one
You love your friends but somebody shoulda told you somethin’ to save you
Instead they say,
Don't tell me, I don't care
If you hurt, I don't tell you
You don't care, if you're true

Don't tell me, I don't care
If you hurt, I don't tell you
You don't care, if you're true

[Rihanna]
I know you’ve been hurt by someone else
I can tell by the way you carry yourself
If you let me, here’s what I’ll do
I’ll take care of you
I’ve loved and I’ve lost