in the pretend world
we all are very awake
in the pretend world
we all look sterile and fake
in this atmosphere
we all could chatter for days
in the pretend world
we never admit our mistakes

but in the real world
we're hiding alone and ashamed
and we can't live well
because we're addicted to pain
you see I cannot feel this
no matter how you try
in the real world
we can't deny

in the pretend world
we gaze into empty eyes
we amuse ourselves
with tawdry tales and white lies

but in the real world
we're fools tormented for sport
we stitch up our mouths
so we can't admit or retort
you see I cannot say this
please don't ask me why
in the real world
we can't deny

you see I cannot feel this
no matter how you try
in the real world
we can't deny

you see I cannot say this
please don't ask me why
in the real world
we can't deny

in my pretend world
we all are very awake
in this atmosphere
we all look starstruck and vague
you see I never loved you
no matter how you tried

in the real world
there's no goodbye


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    General Commentum....i'm pretty sure the song's called "In the Perfect World"
    adyingnationon September 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNope it is "In The Pretend World".. love it :)
    DemonicaBon September 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHmmm. Wow. This song is about....superficiality? I'm not too sure
    KillMeFasteron June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just think it's about denial; They pretend everything is okay, but in reality, they're just pretending to be happy, or something that they're not. Just a guess.
    kinderXwhoreon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its trying to make people aware aboout whats happening in the world. Like how we are so indulged in ourselves and how we look and so on and so forth when actually what we are dooing is killing the world and by doing this we are actually really ugly and sick for doing it.
    RiotAngelon April 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought about this song as being the malaise of a creative person. When they're writing/on stage/whatever, everything is perfect - but it's a pretend world. Back in the real world, there are real problems.
    braille16on July 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyou see I never loved you
    no matter how you tried

    in the real world
    there's no goodbye

    I think this song is kind of an explanation for realizing you don't love someone. Like... uh... kinderXwhore... said, they are both in denial and putting off their problems. But the singer is coming back to reality and "cannot feel this" love. She's saying "well, you tried, and so did I, but I can't try any longer because it's not gonna happen, now gtfo nub."
    DAMtastychickenon February 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe whole song seems to be a comparison — between what is real, and what isn't. It's quite simple really, but at the same time, there seems to be a complexity to the representation of each.

    "in the pretend world
    we all are very awake
    in the pretend world
    we all look sterile and fake
    in this atmosphere
    we all could chatter for days
    in the pretend world
    we never admit our mistakes "

    This is hinting at pretending to be perfect, awake, aware and intelligent. It's about being fake, not real, completely inhuman.

    "but in the real world
    we're hiding alone and ashamed
    and we can't live well
    because we're addicted to pain"

    Quite explanatory, and it seems to talk to the human condition — constantly looking at the negatives, focusing on our pain and suffering rather than our successes, thus not living fully. In the end, we're all alone with nothing to name, and because of the way society is structured, everyone is taught to be ashamed of themselves — we aren't perfect, not like in the pretend world.

    "in the pretend world
    we gaze into empty eyes
    we amuse ourselves
    with tawdry tales and white lies"

    This seems to be talking to the negatives of the pretend world — emptiness, shallowness and no substance. Everything that is said is just tasteless and trashy — but we try to dress it up, despite the truth behind it all.

    "but in the real world
    we're fools tormented for sport
    we stitch up our mouths
    so we can't admit or retort "

    This, again, seems to talk to the human condition — people tend to be cruel and vindictive. No matter how far up the food chain you are, we are all just 'fools'. Through this we silence ourselves, either through people not wanting to believe us, or through our own shame at saying anything worth while.

    "you see I cannot feel this
    no matter how you try
    in the real world
    we can't deny

    you see I cannot say this
    please don't ask me why
    in the real world
    we can't deny "

    This two stanza practically say the same thing — someone wants the narrator to feel something that she doesn't, she doesn't want to tell the truth, but when it comes down to it, we can't pretend — we have to tell the truth, or it will come out. That is the real world, that is the real truth and curse of reality, truth and lies are always revealed.

    "in my pretend world
    we all are very awake
    in this atmosphere
    we all look starstruck and vague"
    you see I never loved you
    no matter how you tried"

    This entire stanza seems to be performing two functions — showing the downside of pretend, again, and also showing that reality creeps into the fantasy sooner or later. Even though she's struggling with the advances of this other person, both reality and fantasy bring about the same outcome.

    "in the real world
    there's no goodbye"

    This is kind of confusing, but to me, this could mean a few things. The first — you always have to return to the real world, there is no goodbye to the pain and suffering, no matter what, whereas the pretend world has an end, you can leave it behind. It could also mean that even if you say goodbye to person, they are still with you, so there is no real goodbye. It is the most confusing part.

    All in all, the narrator seems to be showing that no matter which world you chose to exist in, there are always flaws, and the truth always comes out. At the end of the day though, reality will always win out.
    Ahamkaraon November 28, 2011   Link

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