Foo Fighters * The Pretender Lyrics

Sometimes you get this song stuck in your head. Earworms can be maddening—those songs that get stuck, playing over and over in your head.

When we listen to a song, it triggers a part of the brain called the auditory cortex. Researchers at Dartmouth University found that when they played part of a familiar song to research subjects, the participants’ auditory cortex automatically filled in the rest — in other words, their brains kept “singing” long after the song had ended. The only way to “scratch” brain itch is to repeat the song over and over in your mind. Unfortunately, like with mosquito bites, the more you scratch the more you itch, and so on until you’re stuck in an unending song cycle.

There are many other theories about why songs get stuck in our heads. Some researchers say stuck songs are like thoughts we’re trying to suppress. The harder we try not to think about them, the more we can’t help it. Other experts claim that earworms are simply a way to keep the brain busy when it’s idling. Just as there are many theories, there are many names for the phenomenon. It’s been called everything from “repetunitis” to “melodymania.”

This one is stuck with me right now 🙂

Even though the song was widely associated with political unrest and issues with the government, I think it’s also a great love song.
And since Valentine’s day is coming, I can tell you why: it’s a story about not being a conquest, about not giving in under the pressure and not doing what’s “expected” of you.
It’s about holding out for one true love and for the guy that is brave enough to come and fight for it. Be the great apple at the top of the tree. But hey, that’s just me.

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 ever ready
Are you ready?

I’m finished making sense
Done pleading ignorance
That whole defense

Spinning infinity
But 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 that I will 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

I’m the voice inside your head
You refuse to hear
I’m the face that you have to face
Mirrorin’ 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 you’re 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
What if I say I will never surrender?

So, who are you? Yeah, who are you?
Yeah, who are you?


Grohl noted: “That’s the thing with lyrics, you never want to give away specifics, because it’s nice for people to have their own idea or interpretation of the song. But, you know, everyone’s been fucked over before and I think a lot of people feel fucked over right now and they’re not getting what they were promised, and so something to do with that.”

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