Poet’s Corner

 The Pretender


Jackson Brown

I’m gonna rent myself a house in the shade of the freeway

I’m 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 steaming 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 time going by

They say in the end it’s the wink of an eye

And when the morning light comes streaming in

You’ll get up and do it again


Caught between the longing for love and the struggle for the legal tender

Where the sirens sing and church bells ring

And the junkman 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 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, get it up again

I’m going to 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 what ever may lie in those things that money can buy

Though 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 pray for the Pretender

Are you there for the Pretender

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