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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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I'm going to rent myself a house
In the shade of the freeway
Going to pack my lunch in the morning
And go to work each day

Jackson Browne - The Pretender Lyrics


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  • very good, i like so much..
  • 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.
  • Pretty much sums up life in general, love ballads that tell a story and this is perfect.
  • come in sit out grab a cold one look at the sky listen to jackson browne life is already better;
  • Must agree with you Oldiesfanlohn.
  • Love it.
  • Seen um way back in 76 and still remember the show,, Fantastic....
  • Timeless song. Hits close to home,like all JB's songs tend to do.
  • Brilliant, brilliant track. Hits me hard every time.
  • Another old Laurel Canyon friend. Why doesn't he ever play at Bridge? Neil should invite him.

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