Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bruno Mars' Grenade

If it weren’t for the fact that the voice is clearly different and there is no accordion, this could easily be a Weird Al song. It certainly provokes giggles.

Just look at some of the lines:

“I’d catch a grenade for ya; throw my hand on a blade for ya.”
Or
“Tell the devil I said, hey, when you get back to where you’re from.”
And
“You smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car.”

Funny stuff.

Still, Bruno has the same misconception of love that most do these days. Instead of love being all about wanting the best for another, it is all about quid pro quo. This generation is a little too self-absorbed to toy around with unrequited love. And forget about love being a two way street even. We are a bunch of poor drivers so focused on how bad others are conducting themselves we never get to our destination. Don’t assume that Bruno is singing about sex here either. There is a real desire for connection and feeling today.

The other irony about this song and other like it is that the guy is so concerned with the easy aspect of romance. It doesn’t take much to die for a woman if she is not making you feel loved. How much more impressive would his love be if he sang about all the difficult things he was willing to do for her?

“I’d take out the trash for ya; stop expelling my gas for ya.”
“Take ya where ya want to go, and listen to ya talk about your day.”

Real love lives in the mundane and does not require or expect anything in return.

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