"Pretend We're Dead" as written by and Donita Sparks....
What's up with what's going down
In every city, in every town
Cramping styles is the plan
They've got us in the palm of every hand

When we pretend that we're dead
When we pretend that we're dead
They can't hear a word we've said
When we pretend that we're dead

Turn the tables with our unity
They neither moral nor majority
Wake up and smell the coffee
Or just say no to individuality

When we pretend that we're dead
When we pretend that we're dead
They can't hear a word we've said
When we pretend that we're dead

Come on, come on, come on come on

When we pretend that we're dead
When we pretend that we're dead
They can't hear a word we've said
When we pretend that we're dead


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"Pretend We're Dead" as written by Donita Sparks

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  • +4
    General Commentso ppl actually take the lyrics "pretend we're dead" letierally? why am i not surprised?

    It is a great song, and it's definatley not about pretending to be dead, honestly you guys sound like Sage(DJ for Radio X on GTASA) trying to describe this song...

    Wake up and smell the coffee
    Or just say no to individuality

    well from the second lyric in that lilne, "say no to individuality" it's obvious,

    pretend we're dead is a metaphor, for ppl who want to fit in so badly, they buy into all the coorperate and social standards, pretending they are the perfect image, pretending that their inner self is dead....
    Its me Its DDPon May 09, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSimple. It's about laying back and conforming to bullshit you know is wrong. It's kind of a backwards sarcastic bitch-slap to people who just follow blindly and never question things or people that need to be questioned. A great, easy 4 chord punk/grunge song by a really cool band.
    pleasebeatme92on November 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about young people not getting involved in social change and the community. "Prentend that we're dead" in this sense would mean doing nothing as opposed to taking a stand for what you believe in.
    Trashazonon January 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about conforming, or just plain feelings of apathy. But in the end, its up to us which path to take.
    the_dza1on January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsomeone isn't quite the L7 fan lol Here's the correct Lyrics.

    Pretend We’re Dead Lyrics:
    What’s up with what’s going down
    In every city, in every town
    Cramping styles is the plan
    They’ve got us in the palm of every hand

    When we pretend that we’re dead
    When we pretend that we’re dead
    They can’t hear a word we’ve said
    When we pretend that we’re dead

    Turn the tables with our unity
    They neither moral nor majority
    Wake up and smell the coffee
    Or just say no to individuality

    When we pretend that we’re dead
    When we pretend that we’re dead
    They can’t hear a word we’ve said
    When we pretend that we’re dead

    Come on, come on, come on come on

    When we pretend that we’re dead
    When we pretend that we’re dead
    They can’t hear a word we’ve said
    When we pretend that we’re dead
    Blinko-Magicianon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Trashazon hit the mark on this one.
    truancy08on April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentginger snaps rocks lol
    brettylad666on December 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother anti-conformity song. I like it, but the message is disappointingly typical.
    .Three.Lefts.on July 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its when you pull out an smg, and you shoot down some fool thrashin your newly stolen ride.......lmao...something about non conformism...play grand theft auto san andreas...trust me(about the 1st meaning)
    Blackhart_Antiheroon January 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment-anti-conformity ... not standing by/standing up for what the things you like/believe in, & just going along with the crowd,
    not expressing the part of yourself that dosen't fit in with the crowd.

    -that's what i got
    repenttton January 10, 2009   Link

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