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Bruno Mars, ‘Gorilla’ – Song Meaning

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Bruno Mars‘ latest croony classic ‘Gorilla’ is a sexually charged ode to getting down and dirty, and having primal intimate relations, an idea advanced by a primate metaphor. There is not a lot of subtext in the song’s lyrics, but the singer with the velvet voice chooses to employ an animalistic metaphor and, well, he gets the point across.

Let’s get into the meat of the song, and break down the lyrics, shall we?


”Yeah, I got a fistful of your hair / But you don’t look like you’re scared / You just smile and tell me, ‘Daddy, it’s yours.’ / Because you know how I like it / You’s a dirty little lover.”

Some people like it rough, but clearly, the short dialogue between Mars and his partner proves that they are both willing participants and share the same interests.


”Ooh, yeah / You and me baby making love like gorillas / Ooh, yeah / You and me baby making love like gorillas.”

In the animal kingdom, it’s about survival of the fittest and doing the deed to procreate. Mars saying that they are getting it on like gorillas is essentially saying that they are indulging their most base needs. Why sugarcoat it?

“If the neighbors call the cops / Call the sheriff, call the SWAT / We don’t stop / 
We keep rocking while they’re knocking on our door / 
And you’re screaming, ‘Give it to me baby…’”

Once again, the notion that they are indulging their base desires and their bodies, and swinging from the ceiling is in full effect. They don’t care who hears, who knows or who is disrupted by their passion. It’s all about them and they are the gorillas in the room that can’t be ignore or denied! They will bump uglies however they want.

That’s our assessment of the rather obvious lyrics to Bruno Mars’ ‘Gorilla.’ What do you guys think? Do you agree? Do you think we’re not seeing a deeper meaning? Tell us in the comments below.

Listen to Bruno Mars, ‘Gorilla’

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