Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man” Lyrics Breakdown: Has He Really Learned His Lesson?

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Posted by on 12/06/2012 at 2:12 PM Lyrics

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Introducing “Between the Lines,” a new Popdust feature in which we geekily analyze the the lyrics of your favorite songs, line by line, and–BEST PART–you get to join in and do the very same! Propose your own interpretation, tell us why we JUST DON’T GET IT, or lead your very own conversation. And check back daily to see if your favorite new jam has been chopped up by our team of trained lyric ninjas.

For "When I Was Your Man," the third preview track from his upcoming Unorthodox Jukebox, Bruno Mars ditches the retro stylings of "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Young Girls" in favor of a spare piano sound that suits the song's mournful lyrics, as Bruno regretfully pines for the girl he drove away. But is he really older and wiser, or does he just think he is? We decided to run the song through our patented lyrics-analysis regimen, to see!

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