Song Lyric Sunday – Pretender

Song Lyric Sunday this week uses the prompts “Fraud, Hypocrite, Phony, Pretender, Snob”.

I chose the song, “Pretender” by the band, The Maine. As with many of the songs in my playlist, the lyrics draw me to a particular song, so I’ll admit this isn’t a musical style of music I am drawn to, but the lyrics touch on a nerve. That is not to say, however, that I don’t have other songs by The Maine in my extensive playlist (Numb Without You being my favorite song by The Maine.)

The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. The Maine are also classified as alternative rock, neon pop-punk, emo pop and pop punk. They formed in 2007 and consist of lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist John O’Callaghan, lead guitarist Jared Monaco, bass guitarist Garrett Nickelsen, drummer Patrick Kirch, and rhythm guitarist Kennedy Brock. When they tour, they are also joined by keys, rhythm and lead guitar as well as percussion, Adam Simons.

The song, Pretender, is from The Maine’s 2021 production “XOXO: From Love And Anxiety In Real Time”. As it is new, not much is mentioned of the band’s take on the meaning behind the song, but it seems relatively clear (to me) that the gist of the song is about accepting yourself for who you are. A struggle for more people than one can fathom.

Enjoy.

There’s always a reason
To stay inside your head
But you’ll never make it out
So you found a reason (give me a reason)
To make believe instead
Now you’re somebody else
But you don’t have to hide your scars
Not from me tonight (at all)
Show me the real you
Misunderstood can feel so good
You don’t have to hide yourself
Pretender, pretender
Show me the real you
Surrender yeah, I wish you would
You don’t have to hide yourself
Pretender, pretend
That you are an ocean
Strong but delicate
It doesn’t matter where you run
For the next 2 minutes
Pretend that you are infinite (you are infinite)
And the hiding out is done
But you don’t have to hide your scars
No not at all from me tonight (at all)Show me the real you
Misunderstood can feel so good
You don’t have to hide yourself
Pretender, pretender
Show me the real you
Surrender yeah, I wish you would
You don’t have to hide yourself
Pretender, pretender
Pretender, pretender
You don’t have to hide
Pretender, pretender
No, you don’t have to hide
We all play roles as people, believe me
We’re lying to ourselves
Don’t belong, you don’t belong at all
You gotta be brave to be here, believe me
I hope you find yourself
Don’t belong
You don’t belong at all
Show me the real you
Misunderstood can feel so good
You don’t have to hide yourself
Pretender, pretender
Show me the real you
Surrender yeah, I wish you would
You don’t have to hide yourself
Pretender, pretender
Pretender, pretender
You don’t have to hide from me no more
Pretender, pretender
No, you don’t have to hide no more
Pretender, pretender
Pretender, pretender

Published by SadiRose

Blogging gets the noise in my head out...at least for a little while. I use blogging to weed through all that noise and find the humor in each situation, even if it takes some time to find it. I am not selling anything, just sharing experiences as a mother, Amma, wife, paralegal, volunteer, Muslimah, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, woman.

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