When I Was Your Man

Monday, October 12, 2015

Who says a man can’t be a melancholic? Well, I myself have met some men who are extremely melancholic ones. Most of them are my closest people. At times, they can be more sentimental than women. When they grieve, they can be more devastated than women. When they are heartbroken, they can have more regrets than women. When they love, they can love deeper than women. When the past lingers on them, they can be more repressive than women. Only sometimes, they just don’t show it. For today’s Male Special Part 2: Ways of Being A Man, I present to you a song performed by the lonely balladeer, Bruno Mars, titled “When I Was Your Man”. For the time that can’t be turned back, for the heart that has been hurt, for the promises that were broken, for the regrets that can’t be fixed, for the loneliness that keeps haunting, a man could become a melancholic bastard. It’s alright; they’re human too after all.

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.” –Bruno Mars, When I Was Your Man

Released on January 15th 2013, “When I Was Your Man” was served as third promotional single as well as second official single taken from Bruno Mars’ second studio album, “Unorthodox Jukebox”. The emotional piano ballad track was written and composed by Mars himself along with Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Andrew Wyatt. In an interview, Mars stated that he wrote the song for his girlfriend, model Jessica Caban, when he was worried about losing her. In contrast with the song, Mars and Caban stayed together; remaining a couple as of 2014.
People say, always say, that we never know what we’ve got until it’s gone. Well, that’s true at times. Lyrically, “When I Was Your Man” speaks about the heartbreak and regrets coming from letting love get away. When we lost someone, it’s funny how everything stays the same yet it feels so much different than before. It feels like there’s something missing. “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.” Like a fragile glass, we’re about to break anytime. And regrets are built upon past mistakes and guilt. “My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways, caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life. Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made. And it haunts me every time I close my eyes.” And it never feels the same again after all.
“Too young, too dumb to realize, that I should’ve bought you flowers and held your hand; should’ve 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’s dancing, but she’s dancing with another man.” Regrets are built upon those failings to do right when we still got the chance back then. Yet life is moving forward. And after apology has been said, we can only pleadingly wish, from all the things we should have done, into things we hopes for the next person will do. “Although it hurts, I’ll be the first to say that I was wrong. 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 holds your hand; 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.”
“When I Was Your Man” received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who generally praised Mars’ vocal prowess; calling it a ‘vulnerable and emotional ballad’. It was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Mars directed the music video for the song, along with Cameron Duddy. Rolling Stone called the video ‘powerful’ and a found ‘the final crescendo reaching a breaking point of true sorrow’. Both the song and the video got me so. After all, a melancholic man is not bad at all; it’s romantically heartfelt instead.

My pride, my ego, my needs, and my selfish ways, caused a good strong woman like you to walk out my life. Now I never, never get to clean up the mess I made. And it haunts me every time I close my eyes.” –Bruno Mars, When I Was Your Man
                                




“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

It all just sounds like oooooh~ mmm, too young, too dumb to realize
That I should’ve bought you flowers and held your hand
Should’ve 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’s dancing, but she’s dancing with another man

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

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 holds your hand
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”

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