Why I Hate: Grenade by Bruno Mars
Let me start off by saying this, I have tried really hard to like Bruno Mars, I really have. I have listened to every single he has released, but I just can’t get into the songs. I will admit this, Bruno has a great singing voice, but his choice of songs doesn’t seem to reflex what he is really good at. Now that I got that out of the way, let’s look at the video:
The video is okay, but there is still more that could have been done. I would have really liked to have seen some more of the past between Bruno and this woman, that way to show really show the relationship between these two. The video really doesn’t show why the woman is bad, but Bruno does sing about her in his lyrics, which I will get to next. Some other things I find weird about the video, why is there a group of people making causing Bruno trouble in the video? I know it is suppose to mean something, but really, it doesn’t seem to bring anything to the video or song to me. It feels like a forced way to make Bruno look like he is trying to do the noble thing, but nothing is really noble about the woman.
It would have also been nice to actually see more of the woman in the video, to really show what Bruno was going for. The first time we see the woman, is a picture at the 1:39 mark in the video. Something else to note is that it is just a picture or her, and not with Bruno. I understand that there will be pictures of her by herself, but wouldn’t it have meant more if Bruno would have had a picture of him with her, but you can see from the picture that she really doesn’t look happy to be with him. It would have really driven the point home that she really doesn’t care for him, without having to have all the things Bruno would do to show his love. I really don’t feel sorry for Bruno in this video, because I see no reason to. Bruno clearly knows she doesn’t care for him, but yet breaks his back trying to get her to like him. I really don’t care for that, and find it childish that he would go that far, instead of cutting his loses and finding a woman who actually cares for him. Well, enough of that, let’s look at the lyrics and really see why I don’t care for this song.
“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)
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”
Now, that is just what he is willing to do in the chorus for this girl, but as we all know, she won’t do the same. Seriously man, that is pretty sick, I understand that people say this kind of stuff all the time, and while some people actually do this, that it really shouldn’t be that big of deal for men to get upset about. I understand that a person wants to know that the other person should show that they love each other, but that doesn’t mean you have to say that you will do that to show you really love someone. Add to that, we say in the video that she is cheating on him, which shows that she doesn’t care for him, and that should be the end of that. But, I know that doesn’t always happen, because I have seen it happen in real life. Now let’s look at the second verse.
“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
Mad woman, bad woman
That’s just what you are
Yeah, you smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car”
If this is the kind of woman that Bruno goes for, he is a sick person, and should probably realize, that she isn’t going to really be “loving” anyone. Which brings me to the next point about this woman Bruno likes, we can clearly see she doesn’t have a good personality, so that makes means that Bruno likes her for her looks, and wants her to change so he can have his good looking woman. This is where I really think I am turned off from this song, because Bruno is really whining because this beautiful woman will not love him and doesn’t show affection like he does, even though they clearly don’t have the same personalities. This is a situation that I would tell Bruno he needs to cut his losses, because she isn’t going to change for him, and you won’t do the same.
One more thing lyric I want to point out,
“Should’ve known you was trouble
From the first kiss
Had your eyes wide open
Why were they open?”
Now I know people have pointed this out before, but it really should be asked, how does he know her eyes were opened if his wasn’t? Why does that even matter, maybe she wanted to see his face maybe that is the time that it went all downhill for him there? Think about it, he probably started whining about that to her, which is what started it all, perhaps he is the reason she is like that.
As I said, I have seen something like this happen, which is probably why I really don’t care for this song, because I have seen someone break their back for a girl, and all she did was break his heart, and in the end, they didn’t stay together, even though they broke up and started dating off and on again, and ended up losing more than just a girl in the end. Bruno is simply whining that this girl doesn’t like him the way he wants her to, and that is super annoying, and seeing how I have seen this happen, I really can’t get into this song. Yes, he is hurt about this, but he is too stubborn to move on and forget about this woman who would rather see him die, than stay with him.
I really think Bruno should stay away from songs like this, simply because his voice isn’t really suited for this. Bruno might actually want to catch a grenade before he tries to do another song like this but there is a good thing about him releasing this song, I got to see this parody of his song: