Musical Autopsy

In this movella, I will strip a song down to its core and try to decipher its inner meaning, if it has one, and what is wrong with it. Song suggestions welcome. *Update - I only do songs that made one of the billboard charts at some point in time. Thanks!*

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4. Grenade by Bruno Mars

Song: Grenade

Artist: Bruno Mars

Songwriter(s): Mark Bradford, Sly Dunbar, Ryan Dillon, Clifton Dillon, Omar Pasley, Omar Samuel Pasle

Current Billboard Rating: 17

Billboard Peak: 10

Release Date: January 8, 2011

 

Don't get me wrong, I love Bruno Mars. I think he is a really good singer, and I love to sing his songs, but the lyrics to this song could use some commentating.

Easy come, easy go
 That's just how you live, oh
 Take, take, take it all
 But you never give
 Should've known you was trouble
 From the first kiss
 Had your eyes wide open
 Why were they open?

Wait, how would you know if her eyes were open? This makes it sound like you should have you eyes close when kissing, according to you, so why were YOUR eyes open?

[Pre-Chorus:]
 Gave you all I had
 And you tossed it in the trash
 You tossed it in the trash, you did
 To give me all your love is all I ever asked

All of a person's love is kind of a lot to ask. What about her family? friends? pets? It seems a little selfish to ask for all of her love.

 'Cause what you don't understand is...

[Chorus:]
 I'd catch a grenade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)

When are you going to have to catch a grenade for her? I mean you would both have to be in combat, and even if you were drafted, I am sure Bruno has enough money to buy his way out of it.


 Throw my hand on a blade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Now that's a little more realistic.


 I'd jump in front of a train for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Less realistic.


 You know I'd do anything for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 Oh, I would go through all this pain
 Take a bullet straight through my brain
 Yes, I would die for you, baby

Are you sure you would die for her? Like you would actually die? We're not living in a cheesy dystopian novel.


 But you won't do the same

 No, no, no, no

 Black, black, black and blue
 Beat me 'til I'm numb
 Tell the devil I said "Hey" when you get back to where you're from

He lives her, but he thinks she is from Hell. That is just confusing.


 Mad woman, bad woman
 That's just what you are
 Yeah, you'll smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car

So she is a demon from hell and a liar. Why do you love her again?

 

[Pre-Chorus:]
 Gave you all I had
 And you tossed it in the trash
 You tossed it in the trash, yes you did
 To give me all your love is all I ever asked
 'Cause what you don't understand is...

[Chorus:]
 I'd catch a grenade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 Throw my hand on a blade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 I'd jump in front of a train for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 You know I'd do anything for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 Oh, I would go through all this pain
 Take a bullet straight through my brain
 Yes, I would die for you, baby
 But you won't do the same

[Bridge:]
 If my body was on fire
 Oh, you'd watch me burn down in flames
 You said you loved me, you're a liar

More lies!


 'Cause you never, ever, ever did, baby

[Chorus:]
 But, darling, I'd still catch a grenade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 Throw my hand on a blade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 I'd jump in front of a train for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 You know I'd do anything for you (yeah, yeah, yeah)
 Oh, I would go through all this pain
 Take a bullet straight through my brain
 Yes, I would die for you, baby
 But you won't do the same

 No, you won't do the same
 You wouldn't do the same
 Oh, you'd never do the same
 Oh, no no no, oh

 

I honestly don't understand where this song is going. He loves her, he would die for her, he thinks she is a liar, but he would still die for her. I don't understand. She doesn't sound like a good person.

This has been Musical Autopsy with Lavern.

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