Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars:  Behind the Lyrics


If you’ve ever heard this popular pop song, it’s because you own a radio… or you have a girlfriend currently asking you why you don't appreciate her like Bruno Mars would because he’s sensitive in a subtle and beautiful way, but really you don’t care.  You hate Bruno Mars.  First for describing the unlikely scene of Oprah and the Queen on Fortune Magazine, you know, a woman who made her wealth and a woman born into it.  You fucking hate Bruno Mars because you want to be him.  You want to be popular and you’re not. 

When you spy on a woman, it’s considered stalking.  When Bruno Mars does it, it’s true love.  When you watch every move of a girl on facebook, it’s creepy.  When Bruno Mars does it, no wait, he doesn’t because he doesn’t need a facebook to meet girls.  They meet him. 


“Oh her eyes, her eyes”

Repetition or Redundancy?

“Make the stars look like they’re not shining”

So he’s trying to say her eyes are brighter than the stars, or that when he looks into her eyes the stars cease to shine and all that is good disappears.

“Her hair, her hair”


“Falls perfectly without her trying”

Good thing he’s not singing directly to her, or maybe she’d actually stop trying to look good.

“She’s so beautiful”

Aww that’s nice, telling the world about his love.

“And I tell her every day”

That’s sweet, she must have short term memory loss or he’s trying to tell her not to change a thing, oh!  That’s like the title of the song!

“Yeah I know, I know when I compliment her she won’t believe me”

Ye of little faith.  I guess she has low self-esteem or he’s making an ass out of u and me.

“And it’s so, it’s so sad to think that she don’t see what I see”

Deal with it, we all see ourselves differently than the rest of the world.  So yeah, I guess she must be anorexic or something, or maybe that’s just the tone I’m getting.

“But every time she asks me do I look okay”

So she doesn’t have faith in her beauty but she has, on multiple occasions, asked you of your opinion.  Clearly she doesn’t value your opinion Bruno.

“I say, when I see your face”

Oh so he is singing to directly to her… and he only realizes certain things when he sees her face, so he must be staring directly at her at this moment.

“There’s not a thing that I would change”

Well he likes her just as she is at that moment, but Bruno, people age, so you will have to change something about her appearance in order to combat said aging.

“’Cause you’re amazing just the way you are”

A second from now she won’t be just the way she is at this moment. 

“And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while”

No they don’t, don’t be an enabler Bruno.

“’Cause girl you’re amazing just the way you are”

You said that already, but oh yeah, she won’t believe you or anything you say.  So basically this song is just an act of futility.

“Her lips, her lips”

Need injections.

“I could kiss them all day if she’d let me”

Literally I’m guessing, which makes sense why she wouldn’t let you, but if you don’t mean literally then maybe you’re once again referring to her low self-esteem or possible germophobia.

“Her laugh, her laugh she hates but I think it’s so sexy”

It doesn’t surprise me that there’s another trait she hates of herself, but what does surprise me is that you find her laugh sexy.  I mean, based on your description of this girl, she seems to laugh hardly at all if ever.  So I’m guessing you only find her laugh sexy because it’s so rare, something so beautiful and fleeting that it must be cherished.  But that’s not the way she is.  So BAM, there’s something you’d change.

“She’s so beautiful, and I tell her every day”

ENABLER, if she’s like me (and I’m sure she is because I too hate myself) then she’s getting tired of you lying to her face every day.

“Oh you know, you know, you know”


“I’d never ask you to change”

I think we got that point already.

“If perfect’s what your searching for”

Clearly it is.

“Then just stay the same”

But you see Bruno, perfect in her eyes and perfect in your eyes just aren’t the same.  If your ideas of perfect were comic book characters, hers would be the Hulk and yours would be Lois Lane.

“So don’t even bother asking if you look okay”

But you insist on telling her anyways.  You just prefer not to be prompted by her nagging, apparently something else you would change.  You liar.

“You know I say”

Yes I know, and you know that she knows so stop telling her, she won’t believe you. 

“When I see your face”

Maybe he forgets what her face looks like when he’s not around her… huh…

“There's not a thing that I would change”

He’s trying to beat the point over her head like the stubborn bible preaching old woman in a horror movie.

“Cause you're amazing”

Have you ever seen the sunrise over the Great Wall?  Held your baby son in your arms?  Or seen a gorilla teach a nun how to love again?  Probably not because- sorry, “cause” that’s fucking amazing. 

“Just the way you are”

Bruno’s speaking to every woman here, telling them to accept and enjoy who they are.  He cannot live in LA, he’d hate it there. 

“And when you smile”

… I’m gonna skip the rest of the lines that have already been sung, over and over again.  If Bruno was ever in a mental institution he would be the guy who repeats the same line over and over again, “When I compliment her she won’t believe me, when I compliment her she won’t believe me.”  Then eventually it will just be, “she won’t believe me, she won’t believe me, she won’t believe me,” and his nurses will be like, “aww he’s so self-aware… and so dreamy, you think he’s singing about me?”  Then a fight will ensue.


This song is an exercise in futility and Bruno Mars seems to be forgetting about the girls who do see themselves as beautiful.