"An umbrella is protection, it protects you from rain. The rain in this case is negativeness and vulnerability. People hate the rain, but here was this song that speaks about the rain and makes you feel great. Even if the weather is horrible." - Rihanna
"It took maybe 15 minutes to get out the song, it began like a rap freestyle and it just never stopped pouring, metaphor after metaphor. I was in a zone and in a feeling that wasn't going to end until I finished what I had to say." - Terius "The-Dream" Nash (songwriter)
"I definitely knew that it was one of the most original sounds that I'd heard for a while. But a lot of people didn't really understand it. They thought the repetition was annoying. But I knew that was what people would catch on to right away, because that's what stuck in my head. People didn't get the lyric either." - Rihanna
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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