Bruno Mars leaves his heart at the door.
Mars teamed up with Adele for her 25 track "All I Ask," which he performed on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge today.
In his new interview with Rolling Stone, Mars said he and the powerhouse singer got into a little spat over a particular lyric in the song, but Adele knows best. The line in question?
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
"We were aiming for that big, diva, ballad thing – that's what I envisioned," Mars says. "But 'lovers'? I don't know if anybody really says 'lovers.' 'Yeah, we're lovers.' 'This is my lover.' I was like, 'Should we rethink that?'
"But [Adele] was so gangster about it," he says. "She was like, 'Nope. That's what it has to be.' And she was right. It's this grand word that makes the song bigger because no one says it. Because nobody talks like that, it pops out. It's not 'what boyfriends-and-girlfriends do' – it's this over-the-top 'lovers.' Sometimes I play it on the piano, and I look forward to singing that part. It's fucking perfect." The lesson: "Don't try to be cool. Let it be what it wants to be."
"Some of the slickest shit we ever wrote," he says. "But I will use that line one day," he vows. "You're gonna hear that on the fourth album."
Watch "All I Ask" above and "24K Magic" below: