"Three Pretenders" as written by and Steve Walsh Steve Morse....
Three pretenders forced their entry
There wasn't time to defend or attack
Somewhere inside I held their fury
But one by one my defenses began to crack

The first became a voice from my childhood
Without a world to call his own
Asking questions but doubting the answers
And too confused to stand up and face it alone

I can feel my body tremble
Like an animal under the gun
Can you feel your body tremble
Look in and see the eyes of Three Pretenders

The second came a shadowy hustler
Selling anything not nailed to the ground
He put a price on my resistance
And if it's high, I know he'll be marking it down

The third became a mysterious traveller
Stormy words like sea-weathered sails
His life was scarred with peaks and valleys
A haunted kingdom crumbling against the gales

I can feel my body tremble
Like a child afraid of the dark
Can you feel your body tremble
Look in and see the eyes of Three Pretenders

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"Three Pretenders" as written by Steven J. Morse Steve Walsh

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    My OpinionThis looks like a reflection on a troubled and unsatisfying life to me - maybe a midlife crisis. The three pretenders represent the author's perception of who he was at different points in his life, and kind of resemble Dickens' Christmas ghosts. But perhaps they aren't accurate representations, hence "pretenders." They seem to be distorted memories conjured up by his insecurities.
    Jesdiscipleon January 11, 2013   Link

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