LYRICS: MGMT

“Time To Pretend”

This song is one of my favorites at the moment. Sonically it’s just so flippin’ good…it’s one of those tracks that goes right through my entire body when I hear it. Do you know what I mean by that? I’ve also been listening to the lyrics more and more and they are so outstanding…

I think everyone can relate to the concept – at some point in life wanting to say “f*ck everything” and go kinda wild or at least dream big. And yet when you listen to the words till the end and get to some of those killer final phrases, it’s clear that the whole “live fast and die young” concept can be really sad, dangerous, unhealthy, etc…


I’m feelin rough I’m feelin raw I’m in the prime of my life.
Let’s make some music make some money find some models for wives.
I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.

This is our decision to live fast and die young.
We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun.
Yeah it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do?
Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?

Forget about our mothers and our friends.
We were fated to pretend.

I’ll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms.
I’ll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world.
I’ll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home.
Yeah I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.

But there is really nothing, nothing we can do.
Love must be forgotten. Life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we’ll get a divorce,
We’ll find some more models, everything must run its course.

We’ll choke on our vomit and that will be the end.
We were fated to pretend.

Yeah yeah yeah

MGMT

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