Riff: Bruno Mars – “When I Was Your Man”

Dec 10, 2012

My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways/Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life

from When I Was Your Man lyrics by Bruno Mars

Backed by just a lone piano, Mars gets the first real chance to belt it out at the top of his lungs as he wallows in self-pity on a ‘one that got away’ ballad featuring the age-old empty bed and song on the radio clichés. A rare occasion when Mars doesn’t present himself as the world’s best boyfriend.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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