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"Grenade" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single features some violent imagery, with a guy describing all of the harmful situations he would put himself through in order to protect the girl he loves (who doesn't share his feelings in return). The song isn't meant to be taken literally, but the idea of loving someone so much that you'd sacrifice your own health and/or happiness for them (plus the descriptions of being shot, burned alive, and other violent scenarios) makes it somewhat intense.
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What's the story?
"GRENADE" is the second solo single by Bruno Mars, the golden-throated R&B singer who often guest stars on other artists' songs. While Mars' first solo release, "Just the Way You Are," was a super-sweet love song, his second single is quite different. It tells the tale of a guy who's had his heart broken by a girl whom he would have given his life for -- and he describes all of the things he would (theoretically) endure for her, including being shot, burned, hit by a train, and more. Though the tune doesn't include any swearing, its dark imagery may be enough to give parents pause before they buy it for their younger kids.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to handle the feelings of despair that often arise after a break-up. The solutions in this song aren't meant to be realistic; what can you do in that kind of situation?
Why do you think Mars, who usually makes upbeat songs, chose to do something darker?
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