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Foo Fighters - The Pretender - Lyrics Meaning

The song "The Pretender" was the first single from the Foo Fighters' album "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" which was released in 2007. As of today, this song still stands as one of the most popular and successful songs that the Foo Fighters have released. This is due to the fact that only two other songs by the Foo Fighters have exceeded "The Pretender."

As far as the meaning of the song, it has been interpreted in numerous different ways. However, that is the great part of this particular song. People can relate to this song in their own personal way. It is this particular quality that the group likes about the song. To put the meaning of the song in to terms, the song is about "pretending." A lot of people have been pretending to be something that they are not or they have promised to provide something that they can not follow through with.

In the end, this song is about "the pretender" which can be interpreted in numerous different ways depending on the individual who is listening. However, it is ultimately about the pretender making empty promises and being unable to fulfill these promises. It can even be that the pretender knew that they would be unable to keep their promise in the first place.

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Jun 3, 2020 @ 9:21 pm
It's June 3rd, 2020. Police are on the streets in riot gear. The thing of it is - they are also people from the community who may be ordered to shoot the demonstrators who are their neighbors. They may be people they bought some gas from, some burgers and a six pack of beer from.
Will they be able to shoot them or will they pretend to be able...

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