Love is a Battlefield: Eminem feat. Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"

I've written about this song before, but not in great detail. For some reason, (honestly, for lots of reasons) three songs have been dominating my life lately. I thought it would be a good idea to examine each of them in the context of each other.

Love is lots of things. But I'm only gonna talk about three. Love is a Battlefield, Love is an Escape Route, and Love is a Haven.

Love is a Battlefield 

Here are the lyrics for Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie":

Just gonna stand there
And watch me burn
But that's alright
Because I like
The way it hurts
Just gonna stand there
And hear me cry
But that's alright
Because I love
The way you lie
I love the way you lie
I love the way you lie

I can't tell you what it really is/I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now there's a steel knife/In my windpipe
I can't breathe/But I still fight
While I can fight/As long as the wrong feels right
It's like I'm in flight/High off'a love
Drunk from the hate/It's like I'm huffing paint
And I love it the more that I suffer/I sufficate
And right before im about to drown/She resuscitates me
She fucking hates me/And I love it
Wait/Where you going
I'm leaving you/No you ain't
Come back/We're running right back
Here we go again/It's so insane
Cause when it's going good/It's going great
I'm Superman/With the wind at his back
She's Lois Lane
But when it's bad/It's awful
I feel so ashamed/I snap
Who's that dude/I don't even know his name
I laid hands on her/I'll never stoop so low again
I guess I don't know my own strength
 You ever love somebody so much/You can barely breathe
When you're with them/You meet
And neither one of you/Even know what hit 'em
Got that warm fuzzy feeling/Yeah them chills
Used to get 'em/Now you're getting fucking sick
Of looking at 'em
You swore you've never hit 'em/Never do nothing to hurt 'em
Now you're in each other's face/Spewing venom
And these words/When you spit 'em
You push/Pull each other's hair
Scratch, claw, bit 'em/Throw 'em down

Pin 'em/So lost in the moments

When you're in 'em/It's the rage that took over
It controls you both/So they say it's best
To go your separate ways/Guess that they don't know ya
Cause today/That was yesterday
Yesterday is over/It's a different day
Sound like broken records/Playin' over
But you promised her/Next time you'll show restraint
You don't get another chance/Life is no Nintendo game
But you lied again/Now you get to watch her leave
Out the window/Guess that's why they call it window pane
Now I know we said things/Did things
That we didn't mean/And we fall back
Into the same patterns/Same routine
But your temper's just as bad/As mine is
You're the same as me/But when it comes to love
You're just as blinded/Baby please come back
It wasn't you/Baby it was me
Maybe our relationship/Isn't as crazy as it seems
Maybe that's what happens/When a tornado meets a volcano
All I know is/I love you too much
To walk away though/Come inside
Pick up your bags off the sidewalk/Don't you hear sincerity
In my voice when I talk
Told you this is my fault/Look me in the eyeball
Next time I'm pissed/I'll aim my fist
At the dry wall
Next time/There will be no next time
I apologize/Even though I know it's lies
I'm tired of the games/I just want her back
I know I'm a liar
If she ever tries to fucking leave again
I'mma tie her to the bed/And set the house on fire

This is an abusive relationship. It's cyclical, it's co-dependent, it's aggressive and destructive to both parties. They are locked in a cycle of abuse with one another that seems destined to "burn their house down" meaning not just the end of their relationship, but perhaps even one of both of their lives. These folks are messed up for and about each other. Truthfully, they're both pretty messed up all by themselves, but they feed off of each other's destructive natures and take each other to much lower depths than they would likely achieve on their own.

Key lesson, you don't want to be in this area of love.