When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

He should have held her hand!  He regrets having neglected her and now it’s too late.

When you are sad or sorry about not  doing something, you can say:

  • I should have done it.
  • I should have studied more.
  • I should have bought her flowers.

Reading the lyrics, you will find that there is a grammar mistake. He says ” I should have gave you all my hours” instead of ” should have given you all my hours”.  It takes the third column so the past participle and not the 2nd column (past simple) but we can forgive him because the song is so good!

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 is just tear me down
Cause my heart breaks a little when I hear your name

(Chorus)
It all just sounds like oooooh…
Mmm too young too dumb to realize
That I should have bought you flowers
And held you hands
Should have gave you all my hours
When I had the chance
Take you to every party
Cause all you wanted to do was dance
Now my baby is dancing
But she’s dancing with another man

My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways
‘Cause the good strong woman like you to walk out my life
Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made, oh..
And it haunts me every time I close my eyes

(Chorus above)

Although it hurts
I’ll be the first to say that I was wrong
Oh I know I’m probably much too late
To try and apologize for my mistakes
But I just want you to know

I hope he buys you flowers
I hope he hold your hands
Give you all his hours
When he has the chance
Take you to every party
Cause I remember how much you loved to dance
Do all the things I should have done
When I was your man
Do all the things I should have done
When I was your man

Bruno Mars wears Benjamin Eyewear "Nicole...

Bruno Mars wears Benjamin Eyewear “Nicole” to the 2012 Grammy Awards (Photo credit: The Guise Archives)

Vocabulary Boost:

  • to tear down: to destroy
  • too dumb : too stupid
  • my pride:  a feeling that you are more important or better than other people
  • to clean up the mess: to make things right

Love the song, love the lyrics!

Your take?

Lem..xo!

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4 thoughts on “When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

  1. There’s another mistake in the second line. He say “Our song on the radio but it DON’T sound the same” instead of “Our song on the radio but it DOESN’T sound the same”.

    • saying “it don’t sound the same” is acceptable cause that is a type of slang way to say something, the way people really talk. However the other mistakes “should have gave” are just grammar mistakes cause people use the wrong verb tense. He could have said “shoulda giv’n you all my hours”.

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