"The Great Pretender" as written by and Buck Ram....
Oh yes, I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Pretending I'm doing well (ooh ooh)
My need is such I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own (ooh ooh)
I play the game but to my real shame
You've left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal

Ooh ooh, yes I'm the great pretender (ooh ooh)
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I'm not (you see)
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around

Yeah, ooh hoo
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal

Oh yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown (ooh ooh)
I seem to be what I'm not you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're
Pretending that you're still around


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"The Great Pretender" as written by Buck Ram

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    General Commentoh no,i don't want to believe i am the first to comment on this song....this song means that you may want to seem otherwise,but there are so many people out there who do the same so you simply know that it is all about masks-be it in love or sth else. in a more shallow interpretation,it means that you can not hide your heartache,you can only make it wear like a clown.hm.you may also be proud of your heart.(wearing it like a crown)or you are just making fun of you first so that no one else can hurt you this way. anyway,magnificent song.
    greatpretenderon June 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis wasn't a Queen song exactly, the was Freddie Mercury solo. Damn good song though!
    mikeyratton March 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttwas all about him goin thro his life pretendin. thas it really lol
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    princess*delilahon September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe great pretender was orginally sung by The Platters in the '50s. My Grandma told me about it.
    dondongo86on February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe great pretender was orginally sung by The Platters in the '50s. My Grandma told me about it.
    dondongo86on February 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes is by platters
    isacon February 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti thought the original was by roy orbison
    sugar0magnoliaon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoops nvm it was the platters
    i just checked it out
    sugar0magnoliaon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite cover of this song is by the righteous brothers
    but it's kinda hard to find
    sugar0magnoliaon March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSweet Jeebus, this song is godlike. Just proves that Freddie & co were able to do anything (though this one he recorded on his own). I know Freddie had his own feelings and meaning with this song but I can identify myself too well from the lyrics.
    Geneson September 07, 2007   Link

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