"Grenade" as written by Claude Kelly, Christopher Steven Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars, Andrew Wyatt and Jeff Tweedy....
Easy come, easy go, that's just how you live oh
Take, take, take it all, but you never give
Should have known you was trouble from the first kiss
Had your eyes wide open
Why were they open?

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 'cause
What you don't understand is I'd catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah)
Throw my head on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah)
I'd jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah)
You know I'd do anything for ya (yeah, yeah)

Oh oh, I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for ya baby
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
Mad woman, bad woman
That's just what you are
Yeah you'll smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car

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

I'd catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah)
Throw my head on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah)
I'd jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah)
You know I'd do anything for ya (yeah, yeah)

Oh oh, I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for ya baby
But you won't do the same

If my body was on fire
Oh you'd watch me burn down in flames
You said you loved me you're a liar 'cause you never
Ever, ever did baby

But darling I'll still catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah)
Throw my head on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah)
I'd jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah)
You know I'd do anything for ya (yeah, yeah)

Oh oh I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for ya baby
But you won't do the same
No, you won't do the same
You wouldn't do the same
Oh, you'll never do the same
No, no, no, no


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"Grenade" as written by Claude Kelly Christopher Brown

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  • +6
    General Commenthis most emotional song. best display of his vocal talents.
    toweliedon October 11, 2010   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationWhen I first listened to this song, I also took it to mean that he's singing about a girl he's in love with and she just takes him for granted and abuses him in so many ways, and yet he can't let her go.

    However, after listening to it a few times and really thinking about what the lyrics could actually mean, I believe it's not so much about a man who loves, in his words, a "bad woman," but instead about a man who is completely obsessed with this woman.

    You can see this right in the very beginning when he says he should have known she was this way because she had her eyes open during their first kiss. He asks why were her eyes open, but the only way he would know hers were open is if his were also open. Him saying that should have been the signal she was bad seems a little obsessive and almost threatening. I can almost hear the persona from the song cornering this woman and aggressively asking "why were your eyes open?? why didn't you close your eyes??"

    Next he says that all he ever wanted was for her to give him ALL of her love, and that's it. "I just wanted you to love me unconditionally. Why couldn't you do that for me??"

    The chorus goes on to say he would do all of these things for this woman (intercepting a grenade, jumping in front of a train, getting shot in the head) and it's a little too obsessive. Imagine if you were to just start seeing someone and after two weeks s/he was already saying they would die for you and they don't want to live unless it's with you. Granted, we don't know exactly how long the characters have been together, but it's still a very unhealthy way to look at a relationship.

    So really, to me, it sounds like this man came on too strong to this girl in the early part of the relationship and she felt uneasy and maybe that she was in danger, so she decided to stop seeing him. As a result, we hear the story of an extremely sick and obsessive man wondering why she couldn't feel the same way about him as he did about her.
    wonderlust_on January 20, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFirst I love this song and this video is soooo awesome. I wish they didn't give him that haircut though!

    The song means the obvious but the video has lots of metaphors that I can't bypass because they put the lyrics' meaning on display. There is this guy who is very heart broken (suicidal) and the pain inside is the weight (piano) he drags around. This pain is weighing him down. As he is passing through this forsaken (poor neighborhood) road of heart ache he is alone. He encounters threats to his life- his own thoughts seem deadly, they are the tattooed thugs you see. They look dangerous and deadly and this being a metaphor for how his own thinking is trying to kill himself-threatening his life. His mind is telling him, die, kill oneself. He passes the thugs unharmed but frightened because his own thinking frightens him. Then when those thoughts subside the pity thoughts for the self starts this being the old man/hobo that runs at him and pointing at him mocks and laughs. You are an idiot how could you love her, she hates you and you want to kill yourself for that?" Some times when you are in that kind of pain ( I have) you'll tell yourself "ah you are fucking stupid, why do you feel this way?" Or you'll say things like " I cant believe you feel this numb, you are wasting away gosh you are an idiot!" Next point cars and people ( a woman dressed in all black) pass him aware but uncaring or oblivious to him and his pain/weight. Then comes up to the house where the stupid bitch has her man whore. Here is all the things he is singing about, he would do anything for her, even look for her carrying the piano, thus, this and what follows sets the entire lyrics into place. He looks up and sees them-realizing there is no going back, he then lowers his eyes then his head. Right then deciding to end it. He drags away that piano, as the pain deepens and the weight (life) becomes unbearable-he can barely push the piano on such steep uphill climb- the weight is going to crush him if he doesn't hold it. And the moment of death appears when the nun and the Priest slowly pass looking. Religion and God seem significant when crossing that road. Flashing red lights means extreme danger, train crossing means crossing over to the other side, him and his pain/piano/weight are right on the tracks and faces the end. The reason why he has the piano on the tracks is that this whole time the piano wasn't a material thing outside of him, it was the pain inside him which can not be separated ( cannot be left outside the tracks) and it must die with him.
    Litgirlon December 15, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAre you (expletive) kidding me? People are impressed with these lyrics? LOL

    "The chorus is fantastic." ROFL you are kidding me right?

    THIS is what the our dumbed down current/future generations find to be lyrically/emotionally poetic? May god have mercy on us all. Anybody who actually thinks these lyrics are emotional is even worse than those who can't even understand what the song means. The fact that you understand the line "I'd catch a grenade for you" means literally what it says, and associate "fantastic" with it, means you are a culturally bereft and intellectually stymied moron.

    The future sucks.
    Doodlebear12on March 01, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI haven't seen the video, but when I hear a song as unambiguous as this, I like to think of it in the situation of an "unreliable narrator" so they say.
    I'm reluctant to hate this woman he's singing about until I know the singer's trustworthy. The listener doesn't actually have any proof that this singer isn't a crazy stalker who pursues the woman desperately against her wishes.
    Certain lyrics, like "why were they open"...I can imagine that he forced a kiss on her and she's afraid to refuse him. Same with "You said you loved me, you're a liar", as she felt scared of him so said she loved him to appease him.
    The fact that she wouldn't catch a grenade or jump in front of a train for the singer (as he would for her) becomes a lot more justifiable if this is some psychotic stranger who she just wants to leave her alone.
    When he says lines like how she'd watch him burn or smile and pull out the brakes of his car, that is a "would scenario" that he is telling us; we have nothing to go on that she did do this, and this is purely his speculation that she would be so cruel.
    So I just think its interesting that, however plain and simple this song seems (while being amazing and emotional at the same time), it could represent something totally different if you look at it another way.
    Zalsburryon April 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe meaning behind this song is rather straight forward. he threw his heart on his sleeve and she took it for granted. she is thought of as hellish at one point in the song "Tell the devil I said hey when you get back to where you're from." basically he wants her love and would do anything for her but she doesn't care.
    mlyons22685on October 21, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI saw this video of him dragging the piano uphill and singing about how he would "take a granade for ya". How his love was so great that he would sacrifice himself for this girl. I wonder if Bruno Mars saw the Christian the symbolic nature of the video and if not, did anyone else see it.... I know saw it and immediately thought of Christ dragging the cross uphill to make the ultimate sacrifice for my sins and the world. At one point in the video, he is harrassed by a street gang and ridiculed and I thought of Christ, again. How He humbled Himself to ordinary men when He could have stopped it at any time. He went through it all and died for us so that we may live through Him. Most will definitely see it as a love song for a girl while I see IN it a love song for the world. Who would have thunk it? LOL

    Gave you all I had
    You tossed it in the trash
    but, to give Me all your love is all I ever asked.
    Cause what you don't understand is that
    I took a beating for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
    Wore a crown of thorns for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)
    Was nailed to the cross for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)
    Took a spear to my side for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
    You know I'd do anything for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
    And I’d go through it all over again for ya,
    Yes, I would die for ya, baby;
    But, would you do the same?
    chuchathmaron February 01, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI 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 shit man… I wouldn’t be too thrilled with a guy so willing to inflict self harm in the name of obsession either
    senillseson November 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthis song is soooo great. i have alot of respect from bruno mars. he sings from love not like other people who only talk about having sex. he cares 'just the way you are'. but anyway this song he is saying that he gave this girl all he had, he loved her, he'd die for her but she wont love him back. he would do anything for her, he cared for her and "she threw it in the trash". very sad but many can relate to it. i can and have
    suffion October 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I think it's quite beautiful and sweet. In the video, when he saw his dream girl with the other guy, people said that Bruno should have 'whooped his ass'. I think differently, he would rather kill himself then ever interfere with her happiness.
    DancingWithMyself110on December 07, 2010   Link

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