"The Pretender" as written by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller....
I recall the moment
Though I can't recall the day
Every other song to say
Okay

Wait because
Another lifetime of words
We'll be forgotten, burned
By the time you read this letter

Sing because
Oh, but the scent of your past
Will be forgotten, gone
By the time you reach the pretender

Oh, my berries again
Will be razed and be burned
By the time you reach the pretender

If I'm not there
To remind ourselves
I'll send a friend
With a plan

I only wanted you to be obvious
I only need you to let go

Wait because
Another lifetime of words
We'll be forgotten, burned
By the time you read this letter

All the scenes of our past
Sing because
Oh, but the scent of your past
Will be forgotten, gone
By the time you reach the pretender

Oh, my berries again
Will be forgotten burned
By the time you reach the pretender

The coffee's gone
And the rooster's rich
I only call if I could work

I only want you to be obvious
I only need you to let go

We don't need the shelter
And we barely feel the rain
We've been soaked to all begins
Or complain

We don't need the morning
And we barely need our names
I won't call the cause of comfort
Oh no, I'm not afraid

Ah
Ah

Ah


Lyrics submitted by Xim, edited by Wingdingo, mark111288, monkeyninja69

"The Pretender" as written by Ruth Anne Cunningham Matthew Radosevich

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  • +2
    General CommentI hear some of the lyrics different. For example:
    'I only want you to be *happier*, I only want you to let go'
    'I'll only call *if I get word*'
    'We've been soaked *too long to care* or complain'

    Don't know whether yours or mine are right, but still.

    Anyway, I reckon the song's about a guy who's dumping his girlfriend, and he can remember the moment he knew it was over but he 'can't recall the day': well, that's how memories like that work. People always ask 'when did this happen?' but, y'know...
    He's writing her a letter to let her know it's over, but he keeps having to start again 'another lifetime of words will be forgotten and burned by the time you reach this letter'.
    Lovely song, one of their best I think.
    tinfoilsallyon May 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought it was "i wont call the cops for comfort" i could be wrong though.
    springsummerfallon April 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought the last line was

    "i won't call the cops for comfort,
    i know i'll get there first"

    just pitching it out there
    polioon February 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentxim, you are a dr. dog fan as well? wowow, i'm impressed by your good taste.
    SparklingLemonadeon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty positive that it's this kid is right about everything except the last one. i'm thinking you're right that it's 'we've been soaked too long to care or complain.'
    also, i thought it was 'we don't need the MONEY' not morning.
    SparklingLemonadeon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a cool song
    peepeeheadon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta lyrical correction if you will...

    i believe the line goes:

    Libraries of guilt
    Will be forgotten, burned
    By the time you reach the pretender

    Tho, "Oh, my berries again" is damn funny

    and:
    We don't need the money
    And we barely need our names

    seffroniaon November 15, 2009   Link

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