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When I Was Your Man
Song

When I Was Your Man

Bruno Mars
Album:
Unorthodox Jukebox

Song Meaning and Background of When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars


The moment when Mars was fearing the loss of his girlfriend, Jessica Caban, served as the inspiration for the song.


The pop song is a heartfelt piano ballad that expresses the artist's remorse and heartbreak at losing his sweetheart, as well as his expressed hope that her new partner will show her all the love and care that he was unable to.


"When I Was Your Man" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles list and made it to the top ten in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand singles charts.


Lyrics of When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars


Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now

Our song on the radio but it don't sound the same

When our friends talk about you, all it does is just tear me down

'Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name

 

It all just sounds like oooooh…

Mmm, too young, too dumb to realize

That I should've bought you flowers

And held your hand

Should've gave you all my hours

When I had the chance

Take you to every party

'Cause all you wanted to do was dance

Now my baby's dancing

But she's dancing with another man

 

My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways

Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life

Now I'll never, never get to clean up the mess I made, ohh…

And it haunts me every time I close my eyes

 

It all just sounds like oooooh…

Mmm, too young, too dumb to realize

That I should've bought you flowers

And held your hand

Should've gave you all my hours

When I had the chance

Take you to every party

'Cause all you wanted to do was dance

Now my baby's dancing

But she's dancing with another man

 

Although it hurts

I'll be the first to say that I was wrong

Oh, I know I'm probably much too late

To try and apologize for my mistakes

But I just want you to know

 

I hope he buys you flowers

I hope he holds your hand

Give you all his hours

When he has the chance

Take you to every party

'Cause I remember how much you loved to dance

Do all the things I should have done

When I was your man

Do all the things I should have done

When I was your man

Release Date

2012

Songwriter/s

Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt

Producer/s

The Smeezingtons

Label/s

Atlantic

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