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Foo Fighters - The Pretender



Grohl revealed in an interview that they put this song together in a day, while other tracks on the record took several weeks. He alluded that the song referred to political unrest and people not getting what they're promised but would prefer people to have their own idea or interpretation.


When "The Pretender" achieved its 17th week at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart in December 2007 it became the longest-running chart-topper in the history of this tally until Muse's "Madness" reigned for 19 weeks in 2012-13. The 3 songs it beat, each with 16-week runs at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart were: "Scar Tissue," Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999) "It's Been Awhile," Staind (2001) and "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," Green Day (2004.)


Lyrics


Keep you in the dark


You know they all pretend


Keep you in the dark


And so it all began



Send in your skeletons


Sing as their bones go marching in again


They need you buried deep


The secrets that you keep are at the ready


Are you ready?


I'm finished making sense


Done pleading ignorance, that whole defense


Spinning infinity, boy


The wheel is spinning me


It's never-ending, never-ending


Same old story



What if I say I'm not like the others?


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


You're the pretender


What if I say I will never surrender?


What if I say I'm not like the others?


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


You're the pretender


What if I say that I'll never surrender?



In time or so I'm told


I'm just another soul for sale, oh well


The page is out of print


We are not permanent, we're


Temporary, temporary


Same old story



What if I say I'm not like the others?


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


You're the pretender


What if I say I will never surrender?


What if I say I'm not like the others?


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


You're the pretender


What if I say I will never surrender?



I'm the voice inside your head


You refuse to hear


I'm the face that you have to face


Mirroring your stare


I'm what's left


I'm what's right


I'm the enemy


I'm the hand that'll take you down


Bring you to your knees


So who are you?


Yeah, who are you?


Yeah, who are you?


Yeah, who are you?



Keep you in the dark


You know they all pretend



What if I say I'm not like the others?


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


You're the pretender


What if I say I will never surrender?


What if I say I'm not like the others?


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


You're the pretender


What if I say I will never surrender?



What if I say I'm not like the others?


(Keep you in the dark)


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


(You know they all)


You're the pretender


(Pretend)


What if I say I will never surrender?


What if I say I'm not like the others?


(Keep you in the dark)


What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays?


(You know they all)


You're the pretender


(Pretend)


What if I say I will never surrender?


So who are you?


Yeah, who are you?


Yeah, who are you?

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