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I'm feeling rough, I'm feeling raw, I'm in the prime of my life.
Let's make some music, make some money, find some models for wives.
I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin, and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.

This is our decision, to live fast and die young.
We've got the vision, now let's have some fun.
Yeah, it's overwhelming, but what else can we do.
Get jobs in offices, and wake up for the morning commute.

Forget about our mothers and our friends
We're fated to pretend
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
To pretend

I'll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms
I'll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world
I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home
Yeah, I'll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.

There's really nothing, nothing we can do
Love must be forgotten, life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we'll get a divorce
We'll find some more models, everything must run it's course.

We'll choke on our vomit and that will be the end
We were fated to pretend
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
To pretend

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah



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    nikehAug 1, 2009 at 10:32 am
    For me its more like: we (our generation, I guess) dream about living fast 'n dyin young, s** drugs & rock'n'roll, about being seen as happy and succesfull, having money, marrying models coz they'are beautiful and not for love - we dream of it coz it looks so glamorous and careless. Everyone wants to be famous, rich, 'party like a rockstar'. But once you manage to do that you can only pretend it's great, becouse this doesn't make you happy. They do drugs and drink too much because they actually depressed, and even if they're never alone, they're terribly lonely. This song is quite pessimistic, but also makes you think: maybe having the office job, one true love and a happy family is not actually a failure, as one could imagine after watching mtv and reading about his idol's lifestyle. Plus, it's real - and not pretending.
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    araanesFeb 25, 2010 at 10:37 am
    This song is an emotional and narrative representation of the modern, prosperous, famous lifestyle. As musicians, mgmt either experience or watched an experience or are at least aware of the way today's famed rock stars live. Time to Pretend both glorifies and demeans this lifestyle. While the introverse connotates excitement and freedom and fantastic living, the song closes with a nostalgic, retrospective look at childhood. I love the way this song demonstrates confusion between which path in life to take. On one hand, there's the pretentious, desirable journey resulting in ultimate lonliness and early death, and on the other is the mundane, spirit-sucking routine of the commuting, 9-5 worker. This song personifies decision-making, and short-lived joy in young adulthood. Tragically, though, it also gives a sad look into future deaths of rockstars, even using examples of choking on vomit from past musicians such Jimi Hendrix, Bon Scott, and Kieth Moon. It is genius, anthemic, and inspiring in the way that it makes you want to life your life as fun and as best as possible. All this can be said before even going into the musicianship, which is incredible and mind-blowing. The way this music makes you feel is indescribable. It puts you on cloud nine and makes you feel like a god before you even realize what they're singing about. Forgive me for rambling. I'm simply a big fan of this song who likes to give credit where credit is due is good music. It's rare these days that I find songwriting of this quality. Anyway, absolutely love this song, and from this, I have become and overnight fan of mgmt.
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    truckymacuckyMay 17, 2008 at 3:39 am
    Guys. This song is about how nothing in this world lasts.
    Not people, but obviously they've always died. Not fun. Not things we buy or marriages. But the problem is that we have to pretend like, "oh that's normal, that they divorced, or it's natural that i should spend 8-10 hours a day sitting in my office without any feeling of what I've achieved."
    Life changes so fast, nothing in it lasts, and the song is of the anger that everything's temporary, we can't hold on to any feeling (even from drugs), and we're supposed to pretend that's normal and should be that way.
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    UnregisteredJul 25, 2012 at 5:25 am
    I believe the meaning if this song, is that everyone has their own life they are supposed to live. And as most children, often play dress-up, or "mommy and daddy" or just play pretend, whatever you called it, and they'll miss they're life growing up, by they are moving on playing their own pretend, doing what they want to do, only in real life, to an extended andore dramatic level.
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    MeB85Oct 25, 2009 at 1:12 am
    I like this song, it seems to be very much like a satire on rock stardom or whatever, dosen't really matter though. Its just great music and for some reason there is a part of keyboards that make me feel like I'm in a video game and that is always a plus. Oh and I like how it has, to me anyways, this nostalgic feeling to it, which makes up all of my favevorit music, oh nostalgia how I live for thee and thy feeling of blissfulness you bring: p

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