What does When I Was Your Man mean?

Bruno Mars: When I Was Your Man Meaning

Album cover for When I Was Your Man album cover

Song Released: 2013

Covered By: Jasmine Thompson, Boyce Avenue, Thomas Rhett (2015)

When I Was Your Man Lyrics

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 it just tear me down,
Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name,
it all just...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 7th 2013 !⃝

    he regrets not treating her right when they were together.says he was too young and dumb to realize there were things he should've done,but he didn't,and now she's with someone else,and he's saying he hopes the new guy will do everything he didn't do when he was with her


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 15th 2013 !⃝

    Its a song of regret about having taken his girl for granted and lost here, and the pain of reflecting on past happy experiences toether.

    Essentially the musical embodiment of the old adage that sometimes you dont appreciate something until is gone.

    A beautiful and moving song.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 19th 2013 !⃝

    I believe that he has matured and finally has realized that he was too immature for a relationship caught up with his ego, needs, and being selfish at that time. He had the right girl but didn't realize it, and now he regrets treating her so badly. And he hope she is genuinely happy because now his apology would be too late.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2023 !⃝

    I also think he lost his mom about that time . My son said the song reminded him of me… awwww.. cuz I used to pick him up and dance with him and as he got older it embarrassed him so he he wishes he woulda took me dancing cuzHe knows how much I love to dance he was so young it was so cute

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2022 !⃝

    His regrets. What he wished he did. He's realized his mistakes and it hurts him to think of them. He regrets not spending time with her when he could. He regrets not treating her like a jewel when she was his. Now he's hurting because he knows there's going to be no second chance so he wishes her the best. He wishes her new guy will be better.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2021 !⃝

    It teaches me that it does not matter whether you are the man or the woman in the relationship. You always need to make your partner feel loved, appreciated and special
    When you fail to do this things your partner will eventually dump you and you will probably hate yourself forever after that

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2020 !⃝

    This song is very similar to Adeles' song Someone like you. Only in Adeles' song she blames the guy for their breakup which in Brunos' song he blames himself for the breakup. Adeles' song is also based on a true story. And her story is also heartbreaking with lines like "You found a girl who gave you things I couldn't give to you". And "I remember you said "Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead"". That song might have also inspired Bruno to write a song about his own lost love after hearing it. By the way I wonder what his old girl feels about him now that he is a very successful singer?

  8. anonymous
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    May 20th 2020 !⃝

    I would love to record this song with Bruno and it will be real and sometimes when I find that music genre and it will have the record to the deals, and it will be welcomed to the record label and sing to other people. And we wanted to be more confident and writing my music, and then it’ll be my own fun and music, and it’s very fun talking about family and friends.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 10th 2020 !⃝

    this song applies to both girls and boys. it is bruno expressing his guilt because of how he didn’t treat the girl that was once his right, now he lives in regret and pain because he can’t go back and change everything he did in order to stay with her. now she has moved on with somebody else, so he is hoping that he treats her the way she deserves which he didn’t do.

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 2nd 2020 !⃝

    I have actually live this and I felt bad. But I think the song is about the pain of regret and eventually moving on in the end wishing the the best of luck and thanking them for what they did and hope that their new love does everything that you didnt

    It is painful for me to listen too given that I was in Bruno's shoes once.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 11th 2019 !⃝

    I think his mother died .

  12. anonymous
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    May 28th 2019 !⃝

    Regrets. Singing he should of bought her flowers and the rest. An ending song . No looking back the woman has shut the door on him never to return . A song im sure everyone can relate to

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2019 !⃝

    I would ask Bruno if he could use the song for my album but it’s fun to do it. But when Jonas brothers come out and help me do the music I came into the writing music, but it had some plenty of music and joe came out to do his part. But when I started singing with him. I felt nervous but I’ve got the nerves. But I was fine Kevin helped me lip syncing but it helps me with singing.

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 12th 2018 !⃝

    When the song came on I went in the studio and Bruno wasn’t there, his manager to let me in this cool karaoke room where I can do songwriting and work. How much I love this tracks. His tracks are great, very soulful pop. Because it had Coldplay feel and sometimes when they started. I loved the song!

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2018 !⃝

    Same bed a little bigger now? Saying same person but all alone? Song dont sound the same? Diffehhrent meaning for him now cuz its all for wrong thing now? Its too late, he knows he can't make it right? Lives in regret...Didnt pay attention to what he was suppose to? Knows what he's done? Lives with guilt, and outta that guilt? He says he hopes that the next person will do the right thing by them? Mainly because he knows this person is suppose to be treated in this way for specific reasons?

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 10th 2017 !⃝

    I Believe He Singing this song in regret and also saying I hope the next treats you better. Basically a break up move on apology

  17. anonymous
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    May 30th 2017 !⃝

    Make your woman happy as you can before it's too late.

  18. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2015 !⃝

    Personally i wouldnt really know how guys see it from their perspective cause im a girl, although i would have to say that the guy screwing up and the girl dumps him pretty much sums it up an ex of mine kind of dedicated this song to me and will..i didnt really get what he meant by dedicating the song to me but after thinking about its because he screwed up and i dumped him...now he feels bad or what ever you but yea...thats my opinion on the song

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