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"Talk of the Town" is a song written by Chrissie Hynde and performed by the Pretenders. Released first as a single and then on the Pretenders' 1981 EP Extended Play, it was later re-released on the band's 1981 album Pretenders II. Inspired by a London nightclub and a fan of the band, the song was a radio hit and reached number 8 in the United Kingdom. It has since been praised by critics as a highlight of Pretenders II.


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Such a drag to want something sometime 
One thing leads to another I know 
Was a time wanted you for mine 
Nobody knew 
You arrived like a day 
And passed like a cloud 
I made a wish, I said it out loud 
Out loud in a crowd 
Everybody heard 
'Twas the talk of the town

It's not my place to know what you feel 
I'd like to know but why should I? 
Who were you then, who are you now? 
Common laborer by night, by day highbrow 
Back in my room I wonder, then I 
Sit on the bed, look at the sky 
Up in the sky 
Clouds rearrange 
Like the talk of the town

Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday 
Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday 
You've changed your place in this world 
You've changed your place in this world

Oh but it's hard to live by the rules 
I never could and still never do 
The rules and such never bothered you 
You call the shots and they follow 
I watch you still from a distance then go 
Back to my room, you never know 
I want you, I want you but now 
Who's the talk of the town?

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The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). The band has experienced drug-related deaths of the members, and numerous subsequent personnel changes have taken place over the years, with Hynde and Chambers as the remaining original members. more »

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