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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 come 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 that I'll 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
Mirrored in your stare
I'm what's left, I'm what's right
I'm the enemy
I'm the hand that will 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 that I'll 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?

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... pretend)
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... pretend)
You're the pretender
What if I say I will never surrender?

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



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    ssmusicJul 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm
    I half agree with witbee, bar the "what if i say YOURE" - it is correct as "what if i say IM not like the others.", hes saying hes not like the other ppl who were taken in by the lies, secrets ect. ("what if i say ill never surrender?") is like hes not going to give up and just let it go, hes the one the other person has to face up to. ("im whats left, im whats right, im the enemy") Well thats just my opinion, ppl will probs disagree lol
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    kereliousJul 16, 2008 at 7:16 pm
    I think this is song is to 2 people: The Government and The Listeners. It is his way of telling the "shadow forces" that he is not sheep (as he hopes his listeners arent sheep either) and that he (we) will never surrender. We are not souls for sale and our physical bodies arent permanent. He is saying (in my opinion) that their secrets are coming out and he will(nor should we) never stand down and allow lies and fear to run our lives. Tim Robbins is a good friend of both Dave (lead singer) and Jack Black, Tim stated in a press meeting that a rock friend of his would love to speak out against the government but is worried about retaliation from the radio corps. and his record label. I know this may sound far fetched for some, but if you take a look around you'll find this is not the only band speaking of this, in fact, offspring has spoke on the issue of our society for years. Open your eyes, mind, and heart. One is All and All is One. Science of Peace, Conciousness, and Love (real branches of science!!). Love to all
  • s
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    swashereOct 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    if you've ever been through something where someone totally lied to you and pretended to be someone they weren't then this song hits you
  • k
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    KashmirMay 1, 2009 at 3:53 am
    Its about standing up and refusing to remain ignorant or apathetic in any relationship (with a person, employer, or the government...) that manipulates you for undesireable motives.
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    123456789000Jul 9, 2008 at 9:34 am
    i think it 's about pear pressure
    you know in school how you have to act "cool" like other students, right?
    but dave is saying to stand up and be yourself.
    don't be a pretender just to let other people know that you are cool
    be yourself no matter what the others says

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