Liquor Store Blues

Album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This song about a fed up guy finding solace in drink is the second single by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, taken from his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans.
  • This reggae-tinged jam features reggae artist Damian Marley (Welcome to Jamrock). Mars told 4music: "Being from Hawaii, the Marleys are royalty. Damien is incredible and he's got the talent to back it up. He's not riding his fathers fame. He's the truth. I thought it would be a dream come true if I could get one of my idols to be on this song."
  • The song's lyrics include such couplets as "I'll take one shot for my pain, one shot for my sorrow/Get messed up today, I'll be okay tomorrow." With perfect timing right after the track hit the Internet, news broke of Mars getting arrested for cocaine possession in Las Vegas.
  • Mars explained to The Daily News where the reggae/Caribbean feel in his music comes from. "In Hawaii some of the biggest radio stations are reggae. The local bands are heavily influenced by Bob Marley. That music brings people together. It's not urban music or pop music. It's just songs. That's what makes it cross over so well. The song comes first."

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