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When I Was Your Man
Bruno Mars Lyrics


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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 ooh, ooh, ooh, hoo
Mm, too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have 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 never, never get to clean up the mess I made, oh
And that haunts me every time I close my eyes

It all just sounds like ooh, ooh, ooh, hoo
Mm, too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have 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

Overall Meaning

"When I Was Your Man" is a heartfelt ballad by Bruno Mars that speaks to the regret and pain one feels after losing a relationship due to their own mistakes. The lyrics depict the singer as someone who took their partner for granted, failing to appreciate them while they had the chance. They describe the sense of loss he feels now that she's moved on and is dancing with another man, causing him to realize that he should have bought her flowers, held her hand, and given her more of his time and love.


The opening lines describe the frustrating feeling of being in the same bed but feeling that it's bigger and emptier now without the partner. The lyrics also touch upon how hearing their name being talked about in public by friends causes pain and heartbreak. Bruno begins to articulate how the highs of the past relationship have now become reminders of what he's lost; he hears their song on the radio, but it doesn't sound the same, as though his world became a little bit more monochrome without the colorful presence of his lover. The chorus highlights the singer's regret, realizing that he was too young and dumb to recognize what he had at the time, and that he should have done more to show his partner love and affection. He should have given her his all, taken her to every party, and held her close.


As the song progresses, the singer goes on to realize that his pride, ego, and selfishness caused him to lose the one person who meant the most to him. He describes that he can never clean up the mess he made, and that his mistakes continually haunt him. But there's a sense of closure in the last few lines; he hopes she's happy with someone who treats her better, and he wishes he had done all the things he should have when he was her man.


Line by Line Meaning

Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Despite still sleeping in the same bed, it feels emptier without the person he loves.


Our song on the radio but it don't sound the same
Hearing their song on the radio reminds him that the love they had is gone and cannot be replicated.


When our friends talk about you, all it does is just tear me down
The mere mention of his former love by their mutual friends hurts him deeply.


'Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name
Hearing the name of his ex-girlfriend causes him emotional pain.


It all just sounds like ooh, ooh, ooh, hoo
Despite the hurt he feels, everything now feels hollow and meaningless.


Mm, too young, too dumb to realize
At the time, he was too immature and naive to recognize the value of his relationship.


That I should have bought you flowers
He realizes now that simple acts of affection, like giving her flowers, could have made all the difference.


And held your hand
He should have been more physically affectionate with her, holding her hand more often.


Should have gave you all my hours
He regrets not giving her more time and attention when he could have.


When I had the chance
He recognizes that he had opportunities to do things differently but didn't take them.


Take you to every party 'cause all you wanted to do was dance
He should have been more supportive of her interests and taken her to more events where she could dance.


Now my baby's dancing
His ex-girlfriend has moved on and is enjoying herself without him.


But she's dancing with another man
The fact that his ex-girlfriend is dancing with someone else hurts him even more.


My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways
He acknowledges his own flaws that contributed to the end of the relationship.


Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
His selfishness caused the strong woman he loved to leave him.


Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made, oh
He cannot fix the damage he caused and regrets not trying harder to save the relationship.


And that haunts me every time I close my eyes
He is tormented by his mistakes and cannot escape them, even in his sleep.


Although it hurts
He acknowledges the pain he caused her and himself.


I'll be the first to say that I was wrong
He accepts responsibility for his mistakes and wants to make amends.


Oh, I know I'm probably much too late
He understands that it may be too late to fix things, but he still wants to try.


To try and apologize for my mistakes
He wants to make a sincere apology for the pain he caused her.


But I just want you to know
He wants his ex-girlfriend to understand how much he regrets his past behavior.


I hope he buys you flowers
He hopes that her new partner treats her better and appreciates her.


I hope he holds your hand
He hopes that her new partner is more affectionate and caring than he was.


Give you all his hours
He hopes that her new partner will prioritize her and give her the attention she deserves.


When he has the chance
He hopes her new partner will not make the same mistakes he did.


Take you to every party
He hopes her new partner will support her interests and take her to events where she can have fun.


'Cause I remember how much you loved to dance
He remembers how much joy it brought her to dance and hopes her new partner will appreciate that as well.


Do all the things I should have done
He acknowledges his shortcomings and hopes that her new partner will do what he failed to do.


When I was your man
He regrets not being a better partner to her when they were together.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Andrew Wyatt, Ari Levine, Peter Gene Hernandez, Philip Martin II Lawrence

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@Larissagariboti

Same bed, but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Mesma cama, mas parece um pouco maior agora
Our song on the radio, but it don't sound the same
Nossa canção no rádio, mas não soa do mesmo jeito
When our friends talk about you all that it does is just tear me down
Quando nossos amigos falam sobre voc tudo que você faz me deixa pra baixo
Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name
Porque meu coração fica um pouco partido quando escuto seu nome
And it all just sound like uh, uh, uh
E isso tudo soa como uh, uh, uh
Hmmm too young, too dumb to realize
Hmmm muito jovem, muito burro para perceber
That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand
Que eu deveria ter comprado flores para você e segurado sua mão
Should have gave you all my hours when I had the chance
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Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance
Levar você em todas festas porque tudo que você queria era dançar
Now my baby is dancing, but she's dancing with another man.
Agora minha querida esta dançando, mas esta dançando com outro homem
My pride, my ego, my needs and my selfish ways
Meu orgulho, meu ego, meu querer e meu jeito egoista
Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Fez uma mulher boa como você sair da minha vida
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made
Agora eu nunca, nunca conseguirei consertar a bagunça que fiz
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes
E isso me assombra toda vez que fecho meus olhos
It all just sounds like uh, uh, uh, uh
Tudo isso soa como uh, uh, uh, uh
Too young, too dumb to realize
Hmmm muito jovem, muito burro para perceber
That I should have bought you flowers and held your hand
Que eu deveria ter comprado flores para você e segurado sua mão
Should have gave all my hours when I had the chance
Deveria ter dado para você inhas horas quando eu tive a chance
Take you to every party cause all you wanted to do was dance
Levar você em todas festas porque tudo que você queria era dançar
Now my baby is dancing, but she's dancing with another man.
Agora minha querida esta dançando, mas esta dançando com outro homem
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@alexandraflores5933

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
Because my heart breaks a little
When I hear your name
It all just sounds like oh
Too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours
When I had the chance
Take you to every party
Because 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 the good strong woman like you
To walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes
It all just sounds like oh
Too young, too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have gave you all my hours
When I had the chance
Take you to every party
Because 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
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
Because 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



@andtrbl

Same bed but it feels just a little bit bigger now
Our song on the radio but it dont 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 have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have 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 babys dancing
But shes 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 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 have bought you flowers
And held your hand
Should have 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 babys dancing
But shes dancing with another man
Although it hurts
Ill be the first to say that I was wrong
Oh, I know Im 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



@jastnosj6390

This song hits different after a break up because of you.


Just experience this 4-5 days ago, I thought to myself before the break up, that I should love her more.. even though she doesn't love me after these months..

Although it hurts, atleast I appreciate the things and the memories of getting loved and the sweetest moments.

I'm sorry A, for causing you so much pain.. I didn't even know it because I was blinded by your love. I didn't care about my time with my friends, all I cared was you making you happy.

But now, I think you will be the happiest woman in the world if you pick a right man. I hope it is me.. but I don't think so, because how much I cause you pain during our time.

I hope that the man you're looking for.. give you time, love and care. I'll be the happiest man if someone does the things I didn't do to you

I know I don't deserve no one because you told me that. I know you hate me because you told me that. So please.. find another man.



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@benbarrett6429

This is a song of true love. Regret from losing someone but still just wishing them happiness. This is the kind of love where your hurt isn't as important as their happiness. I absolutely love the thought and passion put into all of his songs. Love songs aren't usually my thing but this is an interesting exception.

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regret ka lang

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@nataliapasternak9300

Same here lad.

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