Pretender

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Jackson Browne

Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 17 million albums in the United States alone. more »

I'm going to rent myself a house 
In the shade of the freeway  Gonna pack my lunch in the morning 
And go to work each day
And when the evening rolls around 
I'll go on home and lay my body down
And when the morning light comes streaming in
I'll get up and do it again 
Amen.
Say it again 
Amen.

I want to know what became of the changes 
We waited for love to bring 
Were they only the fitful dreams
Of some greater awakening?
I've been aware of the time going by
They say in the end it's the wink of an eye
When the morning light comes streaming in
You'll get up and do it again 
Amen.

 Caught between the longing for love
And the struggle for the legal tender
 Where the sirens sing and the church bells ring
And the junk man pounds his fender.
 Where the veterans dream of the fight 
Fast asleep at the traffic light
And the children solemnly wait
For the ice cream vendor
Out into the cool of the evening  Strolls the Pretender 
He knows that all his hopes and dreams  Begin and end there 

Ah the laughter of the lovers 
As they run through the night  Leaving nothing for the others 
But to choose off and fight 
And tear at the world with all their might
 While the ships bearing their dreams
Sail out of sight 

I'm gonna find myself a girl
Who can show me what laughter means
And we'll fill in the missing colors
In each other's paint-by-number dreams 
And then we'll put our dark glasses on
And we'll make love until our strength is gone
And when the morning light comes streaming in
We'll get up and do it again 
Get it up again 

I'm gonna be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
 Where the ads take aim and lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender 
And believe in whatever may lie 
In those things that money can buy
 Thought true love could have been a contender 
Are you there?
Say a prayer for the Pretender.
Who started out so young and strong 
Only to surrender.

Say a prayer for the pretender 
Are you there for the pretender?
Say a prayer for the pretender 
Are you there for the pretender?
Are you prepared for the pretender?

Written by: JACKSON BROWNE

Lyrics © Jackson Browne/Swallow Turn Music/Night Kitchen Music/Open Window Music

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Pretender