"Can't Pretend" as written by and Tom Peter Odell....
Love, I have wounds
Only you can mend
You can mend oh oh oh
I guess that’s love
I can’t pretend
I can’t pretend, oh oh oh

Feel, my skin is rough
But it can be cleansed
It can be cleansed, oh oh oh

And my arms are tough
But they can be bent
They can be bent
And I wanna fight
But I can’t contend

I guess that’s love
I can’t pretend
I can’t pretend, oh oh ooh-oh
oh oh oh

Woah!
Yeah!
Oh oh oh oh

Oh feel our bodies grow
And our souls they play, yeah
Yeah love I hope you know
How much my heart depends, yeah

But I guess that’s love I can’t pretend
I guess that’s love I can’t pretend, oh oh
But I guess that’s love I can’t pretend
I guess that’s love I can’t pretend, oh oh

Oh feel our bodies grow
And our souls they play, yeah
Yeah love I hope you know
How much my heart depends, yeah

I guess that’s love
I can’t pretend
I can’t pretend, oh oh oh

I guess that’s love
I can’t pretend
I can’t pretend, oh oh oh


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"Can't Pretend" as written by Tom Peter Odell

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  • +1
    Song MeaningI think the meaning of the song is being "weak" because he/she is in love so much. And he/she can't fight the feeling.
    The lines.. "And I wanna fight, But I can't contend"..
    RIrangon September 17, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWell, the song seems like it's about a person who has fallen in love with someone but they don't want to admit it. They try to hide, but ultimately it end up showing or they can't handle hiding it anymore (hence repetition of "i can't pretend"). They know they need love, that it's hard to live without it but for some reason they're reluctant to show it or welcome it. They try to be strong, saying they've got "tough arms" and "rough skin", but it's all to no avail. Love breaks through their defenses. They can't deny the connection they have with the person they have feelings for: "Oh feel our bodies grow and our souls they blend". And even though they try to fight those feelings, this person still hopes they reach the one they love: "Yeah love I hope you know how much my heart depends".
    v8pluveron June 25, 2015   Link
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    General Commentsometimes you are the first one denying your heart.
    if you believe it....nothing would stop you.
    nowherearchiton May 07, 2014   Link

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