"Pretend" as written by and Valerie Poxleitner....
Once in a while I act like a child
To feel like a kid again
It gets like a prison
In the body I'm living in

Because everyone's watching
Quick to start talking
I'm losing my innocence
Wish I were a little girl
Without the weight of the world

It would be nice to start over again
Before we were men
I'd give, I'd bend
Let's play pretend

Remember the time
We had soda for wine
And got by on gratitude
The worst they could do to you
Was check your attitude

Yeah, when fights were for fun
We had water in guns
And a place we could call our own
How we lost hold of home
I guess I'll never know

It would be nice to start over again
Before we were men
I'd give, I'd bend
Let's play pretend

And when it's the end
Our lives will make sense
We'll love, we'll bend
Let's play pretend

It's not going to be long
Before we're all gone
With nothing to show for them
Stop taking lives, come on
Let's all grow up again
It would be nice
To start over again
Before we were men
I'd give, I'd bend

Let's play pretend

And when it's the end
Our lives will make sense
We'll love, we'll bend
Let's play pretend


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"Pretend" as written by Valerie Poxleitner

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  • +3
    General CommentOnce in a while I act like a child
    To feel like a kid again
    It gets like a prison
    In the body I'm living in

    cause everyone�s watching
    and quick to start talking
    I�m losing my innocence
    Wish I were a little girl
    without the weight of the world

    It would be nice to start over again
    Before we were men
    I'd give, I'd bend
    Let�s play pretend

    Remember the times
    We had soda for wine
    And got by on gratitude
    The worst they could do to you
    Was check your attitude

    Yeah, when fights were for fun
    We had water in guns
    And a place we could call our own
    How we lost hold of home
    I guess I'll never know

    It would be nice to start over again
    Before we were men
    I'd give, I'd bend
    Let�s play pretend

    And when it's the end
    Our lives will make sense
    we'll love, we'll bend
    Let's play pretend
    HarlyHeroinon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbeautiful song, clear meaning... growing up and missing childhood, but from a refined perspective...very clear, sobering, and honest lyrics and the music really touches you. especially the ding-ding-ding, sparkly noise... totally reminds me of the magic of being a little kid.
    AlecsPenon October 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnce in a while I act like a child
    To feel like a kid again
    It gets like a prison
    In the body I'm living in

    cause everyone�s watching
    and quick to start talking
    I�m losing my innocence
    Wish I were a little girl
    without the weight of the world

    It would be nice to start over again
    Before we were men
    I'd give, I'd bend
    Let�s play pretend

    Remember the times
    We had soda for wine
    And got by on gratitude
    The worst they could do to you
    Was check your attitude

    Yeah, when fights were for fun
    We had water in guns
    And a place we could call our own
    How we lost hold of home
    I guess I'll never know

    It would be nice to start over again
    Before we were men
    I'd give, I'd bend
    Let�s play pretend

    And when it's the end
    Our lives will make sense
    we'll love, we'll bend
    Let's play pretend
    HarlyHeroinon September 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe saying that she was a little girl again, and that she wish he was too, so they could go back to where it didnt matter about relationships,heartbreak, and troubles of the world. Before we realized love. Before we grew up and we changed. Can we go back to how it used to be. And i think the correct lyrics would be "Before you were a man."
    piper888on May 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song....extremely touching song...one of my favorites <3 <3 :)
    lovemusicdorkon February 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing, can relate.
    I love it!
    MusicLover23on July 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    TranslationCORRECT LYRICS!!!!! AS WELL AS TRANSLATION.

    Once in a while I act like a child
    To feel like a kid again
    It gets like a prison
    In the body I'm living in

    [[[ In this stanza she introduces her yearning to be like a child again. She relates her body to like a prison, because she feels like there is a child inside of a body that is an adult. She doesn't feel like she is in the right place and it's like a prison because of all the social rules of being an "adult" and that she just wants to get free from that and express her child self fully. ]]]

    'Cause everyone’s watching;
    Quick to start talking;
    I’m losing my innocence
    Wish I were a little girl
    Without the weight of the world

    [[[The first two lines of this stanza support the inference I noted above. It is like a prison because she knows that people will be quick to start talking if she acted like a child again and would judge her, so the child in her just stays dormant around others. The "i'm losing my innocence" line also shows how she is getting older and older and being exposed to more adult things and learning to have responsibilities etc...She's learning the ropes of the harsh reality of life and then in the next lines she expresses her yearning to just be like a little girl again without all the responsibilities of being an adult.]]]]

    CHORUS:
    It would be nice to start over again
    Before we were men
    I’d give, I'd bend
    Let’s play pretend

    [[[ "Men" in the second line is the symbol in this song for an adult. She would do anything to go back, to "start over" to when she was a kid again. She said "she'd give" and "she'd bend" saying she would do pretty much anything just to go back to those easy days. Though it is impossible, and she probably knows this underneath this. So she says "let's play pretend." This is the most meaningful line in the whole song. It has a double-meaning and is the ultimate theme. "Let's play pretend" is something a kid would say, and "pretend" is a game that kids usually like to play. So it gives the illusion like she is acting like a kid. But it also references to how she just wants to escape being an adult so bad and be like a kid again that she is suggesting, let's just play pretend and act like a kid again. So it relates to both themes in the song. ]]]

    Remember the time
    We had soda for wine
    We got by on gratitude
    The worst they could do to you
    Was check your attitude

    [[[ She relates soda and wine, soda being something that a kid would drink, is full of sugar, and is just lighthearted in general. On the contrary, wine is quite the opposite. It is very mature and is strong tasting with a bitter taste and gets hard to get used to. Relates the maturity of an adult and the lightheartedness of being a kid. The last lines relate to what the worst could happen to you when you were a kid was your attitude being checked, most likely from your parent(s). When you are an adult, the worst that can happen to you is much more dire and serious...For example, you can be accused of adult crimes etc, and you are more vulnerable to getting hurt, etc.. While when you were a kid you were under the safety of your home/parents etc..]]]

    Yeah, when fights were for fun
    We had water in guns
    And a place we could call our own
    How we lost hold of home,
    I guess I’ll never know

    [[[ One of my favorite lines ever is the first two lines in this stanza. It also gives the scary contrast between water guns and real guns. Also showing the comparison to the hard cold reality that you meet when you are an adult and the fun, laughter, and games when you are a kid. She says a "place we could call our own" which shows how when you are a kid and under the shelter of your guardians, you have one destination and one destination only that is your home( for most anyway.) But that feeling of always having a stable, consistent place to stay at is lost when we go off on our own. We always are changing homes in the future...we are moving along and we are changing ourselves. The "home" not only shows the physical and symbolic representation of your home but also a state within yourself where you feel safety and consistency. You are forced to step out of your comfort zone when you are an adult. She shows confusion by saying she guesses she'll never know how we lost hold of home because it is something that happens so suddenly.]]]

    ----CHORUS----

    And when it’s the end
    Our lives will make sense
    We'll love, we'll bend (?)
    Let's play pretend

    [[[ She gives reassurance as to "the end." She is most likely referring to the end of our lives and that at the end everything will make sense and she'll understand the reasons why what happens is what happens.]]]

    It's not gonna be long
    Before we're all gone
    With nothing to show for them
    Stop taking lives, come on
    Let's all grow up again

    [[[ In the first two lines it shows how life goes by so quickly. ]]]

    ---CHORUS----

    And when it's the end,
    Our lives will make sense
    We'll love, we'll bend,
    Let's play pretend


    Overall, this song revolves around nostalgia of going back to being a kid while you're an adult. You don't have to be physically, or legally an adult to understand what an adult feels like in this song, you could feel emotionally like an adult and reminisce on the times when it was easier etc. It makes you want to go back to those easy times...when you had no responsibilities and when life was one big game. There were fantasy stories of princes and princesses, there was lots and lots of fun and someone to take care of you and clean up after you in the end. It was really a time that is understandable to miss, no matter where you come from. I'm sure we'd all like to play pretend again.
    meismeok921on April 02, 2012   Link

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