Monday, August 17, 2009

The Pretender

There's something that always pulls me in about "The Pretender" by the Foo Fighters.

"What if I say I'm not like the others, what if I say I'm not just another one of your flames - you're the pretender. What if I say that I'll never surrender?"

I suspect that my real attachment to the song lies in the reality that we're all pretenders, some more than others. "Keep you in the dark, you know they all pretend."

Maybe it's the protagonist's reveal: "I'm the voice inside your head you refuse to hear. I'm the face that you have to face mirrored in your stare. I'm what's left, I'm what's right - I'm the enemy. I'm the hand that'd take you down, bring you to your knees. So who are you?"

Who indeed.

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