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The Great Pretender
Jimmy Parkinson Lyrics


Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
Pretending that I'm doing well
My need is such; I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no one can tell.

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
A drift in a world of my own
I play the game; but to my real shame
You've let me to dream all alone.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal.

Oh yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not; you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around.

Yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around

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Billy Watson TV

Great version. Love it

Keith Harvey

This beats Freddie Mercury a screatching version

Alex Bernard

The Platters recorded it in 1955, a great doo wop group, of both uptempo and soft rock and crooning ballads, and this song was one of the Platters biggest selling songs of the 1950s I've got both versions on CD and listen to in equal measure, ps forgot to mention if you go onto second hand songs site it has a year by year list of the number of times it has been recorded by different artists from the very first recording by the platters in 1955 up to the latest version

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