The pretender    (video)

 

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1. Im gonna rent myself a house in the shade of the freeway,

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gonna pack my lunch in the morning and go to work each day.

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And when the evening rolls around,

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Ill go on home and lay my body down,

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and when the morning light comes streaming in,

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Ill get up and do it again, amen. Say it again, amen !

 

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2. I want to know what became of the changes

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we waited for love to bring.

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Were they only the fitful dreams of some greater awakening ?

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Ive been aware of the time going by,

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they say in the end its the wink of an eye ,

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and when the morning light comes streaming in,

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Ill get up and do it again, amen. + C - G - C - G

 

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+ Caught between the longing for love

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and the struggle for the legal tender,

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where the sirens sing and the church bells ring,

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and the junkman pounds his fender.

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Where the veterans dream of the fight,

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fast asleep at the traffic light,

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and the children solemnly wait for the ice cream vendor.

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Out into the cool of the evening strolls the pretender,

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he knows that all his hopes and dreams begin and end there.

 

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All the lovers as they run through the night,

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leaving nothing but to choose of and fight, aha,

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theyll tear at the world with all their might,

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while the ships, bearing their dreams, sail out of sight.

 

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3. Im gonna find myself a girl who can show me what laughter means,

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then well fill in the missing colors

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in each others paint by number dreams.

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And then well put our dark glasses on,

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and well make love until our strength is gone,

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and when the morning light comes streaming in,

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well get up and do it again, get up again !

 

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+ Im gonna be a happy idiot and struggle for the legal tender,

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where the ads take aim and lay their claim

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to the heart and the soul of the spender.

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And believe in whatever may lie in those things that money can buy,

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though true love could have been a contender.

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Are you there ? Say a prayer for the pretender

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who started out so young and strong, only to surrender.

 

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+ Say a prayer for the pretender !

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Are you there for the pretender ?

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Say a prayer for the pretender !

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Are you there for the pretender ? .....

 

 

(Jackson Browne)