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This song is about a man who gives up his dreams and lives a life of routine monotony in order to accumulate money. He is the pretender. Browne's first wife, Phyllis, committed suicide in the spring of 1976, but in the wake of the tragedy he recorded his commercial breakthrough album, The Pretender. The record climbed into the Top 10 upon its fall 1976 release, going platinum in the spring of 1977. This appears on the soundtrack of the movie… read more

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  • Avatar for giuseppecensori
    very good, i like so much..
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    I'm going to 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.
  • Avatar for TheEnchantress
    Pretty much sums up life in general, love ballads that tell a story and this is perfect.
  • Avatar for jaspazak
    come in sit out grab a cold one look at the sky listen to jackson browne life is already better;
  • Avatar for r-iman
    Must agree with you Oldiesfanlohn.
  • Avatar for FRENCHWAH
    Love it.
  • Avatar for davidmills71
    Seen um way back in 76 and still remember the show,, Fantastic....
  • Avatar for oldiesfanjohn
    Timeless song. Hits close to home,like all JB's songs tend to do.
  • Avatar for NorthernExile
    Brilliant, brilliant track. Hits me hard every time.

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