Rihanna’s Disturbia: A Song about Being Possessed by Evil

Olá! Os jovens não sabem na realidade quanto lixo consomem… E que lixo sinistro consomem… A cantora Rihanna, infelizmente, tornou-se uma pessoa extremamente obscura e que produz trabalho de alta negatividade (Lady Gaga, Beyonce são outros exemplos). A música "Disturbia" de tão infeliz, é auto-explicativa. Se você ainda não tinha percebido, preste atenção neste artigo e fique mais atento às músicas que você ouve. Prefiro deixar o artigo original, sem tradução para o português, mas se você tiver dificuldades com o inglês, use a ferramenta de tradução do Google. Grande abraço/

Apr 20th, 2009 | By Vigilant | Category: Vigilant Reports

Rihanna’s “Disturbia” is a catchy pop song getting played on the radio, TV and by DJs around the world. Do people realize that this song is about being possessed by Evil? Why are those messages being hammered into the minds of young people? This is an analysis of the song’s lyrics and visuals.

Note: This article is the second part of Occult and Prophetic Messages in Rihanna’s Umbrella. I suggest you read this article first to fully understand this one.

As discussed in the previous article, Rihanna’s Umbrella is about becoming possessed by Evil. It was a back-and-forth conversation between Rihanna and an Evil Entity (we will call it Devil), who promised her success and riches in exchange of her soul. During the song, Rihanna accepts the Devil’s proposition and effectively becomes possessed. This was portrayed through the lyrics of the song and the imagery of the video.

“Disturbia” is the follow-up of “Umbrella” and describes Rihanna’s state of mind as a possessed individual. While possessed, the victims cannot think for themselves – thoughts are given by the possessor and the possessed behave according to the thoughts given. The lyrics and the video convey that message in a very direct and blatant matter, without the subtleties and symbols of “Umbrella”. While Umbrella seemed to be, at face value, a song about love and friendship, the song actually described the manner in which Evil seduces weak spirits with promises of material success. ”Disturbia” is about the mental torment of possessed individuals .  First off, let’s watch the video.




Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
What’s wrong with me?
Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
Why do I feel like this?
Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum
I’m going crazy now

In the intro, Rihanna wonders what’s happening. “What’s wrong with me” and “I’m going crazy now” allude to the fact her mind isn’t functioning properly, as if it was taken over by an unknown force.

While she asks herself those questions, we hear a repetitive chant that goes “Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum”. This is basically a spell aimed to mesmerize and hypnotize the subject, a practice reminiscent of ritualistic magic. If you know about ancient practices of Black Magic, those spells where used to opens the listener’s mind, placing him/her in a highly suggestive state. So, in the context of the song the Evil Entity is playing with Rihanna’s head, mesmerizing her to open the gateway to possession.

But what does it mean? “Bum bum be-dum bum bum be-dum bum” is in fact a curse and an insult to the listener followed by a suggestion.

What’s a bum? It’s either

1. A tramp; a vagrant.

2. A lazy or shiftless person, especially one who seeks to live solely by the support of others.

3. An incompetent, insignificant, or obnoxious person

4. Buttocks

So either way you interpret it, the word “bum” isn’t flattering. This word is followed by “be dum“. Phonetically, “be dum” sounds like “be dumb”. So the listener unconsciously hears “Bum, Bum, be dumb” which means “You good-for-nothing, idiotic person, let yourself become dumb, stop thinking  and let yourself be hypnotized and possessed”. To which Rihanna answers “I’m going crazy now”.

First Verse

No more gas in the rig, can’t even get it started
Nothing heard, nothing said, can’t even speak about it
All my life, on my head, don’t wanna think about it
Feels like I’m going insane, yeah

“No more gas in the rig”
A rig means a car, a vessel, a means of transportation. Rihanna’s rig is her body. She’s no longer in control of her body because evil has rendered her powerless. Because of this her rig is “out of gas”, it cannot move by its own means anymore.

“Nothing heard, nothing said, can’t even speak about it”
She can’t hear or say anything by her own means because she is disconnected from the outside world. She can’t speak about it because she has agreed to keep her deal with Evil secret. Even if she wanted to break that secrecy, she couldn’t because she is no longer in control of her thoughts.

“All my life, on my head, don’t wanna think about it, Feels like I’m going insane, yeah”
Since she has been possessed,  Rihanna’s life has been so unbearable that she doesn’t even want to think about it. She feels like she is losing her mental sanity.

It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind it can control you
It’s too close for comfort

Those lines are very revealing and explain the true nature of Rihanna’s disturbance.

“It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you”
A thief is someone that is swift and sneaky. Furthermore, a thief in the night is, on top of being swift and sneaky, hiding in darkness. He is basically invisible. Rihanna describes an invisible entity that “came and grabbed her”. She is referring to the devil entity who raped her  spiritually and physically in the song “Umbrella”.

“It can creep up inside you and consume you”
This line can be interpreted in a sexual and spiritual way. The devil entity has creeped up inside Rihanna and consumed her physically by raping her.  It has also creeped up inside her thoughts and took control of her soul.

“A disease of the mind it can control you”
Disease of the mind means that Rihanna’s mind isn’t functioning correctly, it is under the control of another entity.

“It’s too close for comfort”
Her state of possession is making her uncomfortable. The presence of the devil entity is way too close – its inside of her – which is painful in a physical and spiritual way.


Put on your brake lights, you’re in the city of wonder
Ain’t gonna play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Slow down, we’re no longer in your world. We’re in a world of deceit, illusions and empty promises. This place can be very cruel and it can eventually take your life, so make your decision carefully. If you decide to go ahead, you better be ready to live with the consequences. You won’t  control your thoughts anymore.

Your mind’s in disturbia, it’s like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?
Disturbia, ain’t used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia

“Your mind’s in disturbia”
Disturbia is the place where the individual is forced to dwell while being possessed.

“It’s like darkness is light”
This line is very significant for a couple reasons. First, in Rihanna’s mindstate, darkness is light which means evil is good and good is evil. Honorable aspirations become dishonorable while malignant actions become commendable. Furthermore, “darkness” refers to Satan, who is dubbed the “Prince of Darkness”.  Rihanna is saying that she is worshiping the Prince of Darkness because he is the “light”, her savior, her god.


“Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight”
To individuals that are not possessed, Rihanna’s state of mind is scary.

“Disturbia, ain’t used to what you like”
Because she is possessed, her moral values became inverted. As she said earlier, darkness is light. She does not think like regular, unpossessed people anymore. She is not used to what you like.

Second Verse

Faded pictures on the wall, it’s like they talking to me
Disconnecting on calls, the phone don’t even ring
I gotta get out or figure this shit out
It’s too close for comfort, oh

“Faded pictures on the wall, it’s like they talking to me”
Rihanna is plunged in the depth of possession where she is hallucinating and hearing voices.

“Disconnecting on calls, the phone don’t even ring”
She cannot get in contact with other people and she is not aware of people who are trying get in contact with her. There is a supernatural intervention that is prohibiting the possessed to reach other individuals who would seek to help her.

“I gotta get out or figure this shit out”
She wants to get out of the agreement she made with the devil entity or at least understand what is happening to her.

It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind it can control you
I feel like a monster, oh

“I feel like a monster, oh”
When your thoughts and actions are possessed by a monstrous entity, it is highly probable that you feel like a monster as well.


Release me from this curse I’m in
Trying to maintain but I’m struggling
If you can’t go-o-o-o-o-o
I think I’m gonna ah ah ah ah ahhh

“Release me from this curse I’m in, Trying to maintain but I’m struggling”
Rihanna is talking to the evil entity, asking it to release her from the curse it had put on her.

“If you can’t go-o-o-o-o-o, I think I’m gonna ah ah ah ah ahhh”
She says if YOU can’t go – ‘you’ referring to the possessor’. This confirms that her state of mind is truly caused by the presence of an entity within her and nothing else. She is speaking with the same demon that seduced her in the song “Umbrella”. She then comes to the conclusion that if that entity doesn’t leave her body, she will “ah ah ah ahh”…which probably means that she will kill herself. It is the only way she will release herself from the shackles of possession. The ah ah ah’s make it seem like the evil entity didn’t let her finish her thought by inflicting her pain. The demon wants her to stay alive and keep her under his control.

The video of “Disturbia” visually represents the state of mental enslavement of Rihanna and the control of her thoughts by an evil entity. We will now analyze the visuals associated with the song.

Analysis of the Video

As it was the case for “Umbrella”, Rihanna plays both the evil entity and her possessed self in the video. The scenes of the video are happening inside Rihanna’s head. We see the Evil Entity in control of the situation, filling her mind with sick and twisted thoughts while keeping Rihanna captive and torturing her.


The Evil Entity is dressed in black with the same long fingernails worn by Rihanna in “Umbrella”. At the beginning of the video, she is seated on a chair ornamented with horns which associate this character with Satan, often depicted with horns.Throughout the video, this entity is in charge, lucid and in control of the situation. She is surrounded with odd looking minions who are under her spell and obeying her orders. The character flirts with twisted sexual practices like sado-masochism and bestiality, representing the twisted intents of this entity. She takes pleasure in tormenting the possessed Rihanna, who is represented in various ways in the video.


^ In this depiction, Rihanna is behind bars, representing the imprisonment of her thoughts and free will. Her eyes are all white. It is said that “eyes are windows to the soul”. Rihanna’s soul has been taken over by the Evil Entity, hence the white eyes.


^ Rihanna is tied up in an uncomfortable position and struggling to free herself. This represents her struggle to free her mind from the Evil Entity’s control.


^ Tied up in another unpleasant position and probably regretting having taken this deal.


^ She is here covered with spider webs with tarantulas crawling all over her. She’s been caught in the evil entity’s web of lies. Spiders are traditionally associated with evil and gives pretty much everybody instant repulsion. Her arms stuck in the walls symbolize the fact that she is powerless against the actions of the Evil Entity.

So the video describes how Rihanna became powerless against the Evil Entity who totally took control of her. Sitting on a chair and surrounded by her minions, this Entity filled Rihanna’s head with twisted and perverted thoughts. Rihanna is shown bound or imprisoned in various ways but she is constantly trying to free herself.  The video ends with the evil entity Rihanna looking straight at the camera almost saying ”watch out or you’ll be next”.


To Conclude

The article I’ve posted about  "Umbrella" had generated a great deal of reactions. Some people agreed with the analysis while others called it "rubbish". I’ve decided to analyze "Disturbia" because it really helps understanding the meaning of "Umbrella". Those two videos are in fact a story in two parts, and at the origin of the album name "Good Girl Gone Bad". The story goes as follows: Rihanna is contacted by the evil entity which explains her the imminence of a huge crisis. It claims that the crisis will affect the whole world and it will make everybody poorer. This entity can however protect Rihanna from that crisis. It promises it will share its riches with the singer, even after her career as a celebrity is over. But in order to protect her, the devil has to enter her physically and spiritually. Rihanna agrees to the pact and so "the good girl becomes bad". She soon discovers that being possessed isn’t as great as she expected. She is constantly tormented with sick thoughts and dark images. She cannot think for herself anymore and she lost control of her actions. She doesn’t know how to free herself from her mental enslavement so she considers killing herself.

Did Rihanna write those songs? No. Is she aware of the hidden meaning of them? Maybe, but it is not important. Is she possessed by Evil herself? Hard to say but who cares really. What we need to remember is that Rihanna is basically a good looking puppet used to sing catchy songs. Some if not most pop songs and sexy videos contain predetermined messages aimed to the world’s youth. She is part of the mass media system who basically raises and educates todays’s children. It plants in the minds of young people the values required to become the type of citizen they want you to be: morally weak, highly suggestible and devoid of critical thinking. MTV, teen movies and all those other crappy media outlets are preparing future generations to become idiots, a little like Rihanna in her video. Are you in Disturbia?

Source: vigilantcitizen.com

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