"When I Was Your Man" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

A melancholy but clean breakup ballad.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song shows the consequences of having too much ego and not appreciating what you have in a relationship.

Positive role models

Mars owns up to his mistakes -- "My pride, my ego, my needs and my selfish ways/ Caused a good strong woman like you to walk out of my life" -- and wishes his former lady love well with her new relationship.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The music video shows Mars holding a whiskey glass.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" is the cleanest single from his album Unorthodox Jukebox. The song's about relationships, but with no iffy language or violence, it's appropriate for tweens and teens. The '60s-style video shows Mars holding a whiskey glass, but overall it's pretty clean.

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Kids say

What's the story?

"WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN," the third single from the album Unorthodox Jukebox, shows Bruno Mars pouring his heart out in a beautiful and melancholy breakup ballad. Set against a solo piano, Mars' smooth vocals tell the tale of the girl who got away and his regret for not treating her right: "Too young, too dumb to realize that I should have bought you flowers and held your hand."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With only the piano behind him, Bruno Mars' sweet vocals are heartbreaking in "When I Was Your Man." When he croons, "I hope he buys you flowers, I hope he holds your hand," your heart breaks along with him. But compared with his usual edgy lyrics and catchy beats, it's almost boring. Like the '60s-style video showing Mars playing piano alone on a stage, it's a little too much style without enough substance. It's a pretty tune, but not really a memorable one.

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Mars set the music video in the '60s. What details are examples from that era?

  • Do you think the song has a positive message? Why or why not?

  • Do you think the video goes well with the song? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Bruno Mars
Release date:February 11, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Atlantic
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old Written byJtom April 4, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Pretty Good.

Pretty clean but very slow.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bybscgirl February 20, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

When I Was Your Man

its as beautiful song i cried the first time i herd it :)

What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byC.M.B April 10, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Bruno Mars at his most positive since Just the Way You Are ^.^

Probably the cleanest and most positive break-up song that you'll ever hear!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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