A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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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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?
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.