“After being on the Bruno Mars bandwagon, I’ve been having second thoughts. His latest #1 “Grenade” and has been playing involuntarily in my mind since I heard it. It promotes suicide as the ultimate expression of love. A conspiracy of creativity without much thought of the consequences.”

IF “GRENADE” DOESN’T APPEAR ON THE ABOVE SCREEN CLICK HERE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR6iYWJxHqs

GRENADE: by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine

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?

Gave you all I had , but 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

Throw my hand on a blade for you
I’d jump in front of a train for you
You know I’d do anything for you
Listen, baby, 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

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’d smile in my face and rip the brakes out my car

Gave you all I had , but 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

BRIDGE:

If my body was on fire
You’d watch me burn down in flames
You said you loved me

You’re a liar
‘Cause you never, ever, ever did, baby

I’d catch a grenade for you

Throw my hand on a blade for you
I’d jump in front of a train for you
You know I’d do anything for you
Listen, baby, 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

Even though I kept singing it over and over in my head for the past month, it’s only been in the last 48 hours that I realized that “GRENADE” is not only is it the most violent pop song I’ve ever heard, it’s also the first hit song in decades to advocate suicide in a romantic  way!

I’ve always been a promoter of free speech and an artist’s right to express themselves but when a song is so catchy, and repeated often enough subliminally lodged in our psyche where it can influence our rational thinking.

As a self-appointed “New Elder” I’m doing what I can promote positive attitudes in our society, my opinion of seven times Grammy nominated Bruno Mars has changed from being one of the most talented producer/ songwriter/singers in the business to the “Most Dangerous Man in Pop Music!”

He and his co-writers, Philip Lawrence, a singer and songwriter, and sound engineer Ari Levine are collectively called the Smeezingtons and have written and produced hit after hit with artists like “Travie” McCoy “BILLIONAIRE”, B.o.B. ””NUTHIN’ ON YOU”, and Cee-lo Greene’s, over the top, “F@#K YOU!”

I can understand pushing the creative envelope, but on “GRENADE” Bruno actually promotes suicide as the ultimate expression of love. A conspiracy of creativity without much thought of the consequences.

Isn’t it time that artists become more responsible for what they’re feeding their audiences and the unsuspecting public, especially when it might trigger violence, or at the very least, condone self-destructive behavior?

As a former member on the Board of Governors of NARAS, I wonder how all of this will affect Bruno’s chances of sweeping The Grammys? All over the internet, everyone is weighing in…What do you think?

Copyright 2011 by Artie Wayne https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/about-artie-wayne/

Here is Bruno’s own website where the suicide controversy continues http://www.brunomars.com/forums/grenade-video-promoting-teen-suicide/

I want to thank my friend and fellow blogger/ Photographer Sally Stevens, “MY LIFE IN A DAY” for helping me put this article together. You can see the conclusion of her six part SHOCKING Jim Morrison story by clicking onto  http://rockphiles.typepad.com/a_life_in_the_day/2011/02/pardon-me-mr-morrison-part-six-the-end.html

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Here’s the story about Bruno Mars from last  Sunday’s Calendar section in the LA times http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/music/la-ca-bruno-mars-20110206,0,7351623.story

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