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The Great Pretender
The Platters Lyrics


Oh-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-oh, yes I'm the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I've played the game but to my real shame
You've left me to grieve all alone

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

Yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughin' 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

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

Yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughin' and gay like the 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 (still around)

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Buck Ram

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pocketbookEra

this kind of classic songs make my soul calm even just for a while

Alvin W Constantine

YES THEY DOES THAT TO YOU.I AGREE!!!!!

Teddy Chang

@Cal F. .l”’7u

Gabi.M. Hshshs

Yepp

Ana Machado

@Paula Seabrun lp

Bonnie Bucklaw

@Robert Krochta in the stabler

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Arjun Kaul

I wonder how they came up with this incredible, deep, soul stirring song that probably resonates with everyone on this planet...

Virginia Williams

This was written by "Buck" Ram and sung with such incredible feeling by Tony Williams as the lead singer of the Platters. Ram wrote many of the songs recorded by the Platters with the major exceptions of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," which was written by Jerome Kern, a legendary American composer, for a 1933 Broadway musical and "My Prayer," which was written in 1939 by a Russian violinist. This kind of beautiful, sentimental and sophisticated music has vanished from American popular music - obviously!

Gertrude Davis

I would say it would have been their God given talent, family and friends, their desire to sing, their ambition to share their musicianship and their love of music. As well as other artists of their time who would have encouraged them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all grew up listening to gospel music from where the lived. It seems to me that people who grow up with a challenging lifestyle have a certain amount of substance and resilience that gives them the capacity to draw on that inner strength to shine their light on the world.
E.g: Nat King Cole, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, The Drifters, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding The Supremes, etc, etc.

murry cohen

Buck Ram was responsible for their sound. I'm 80 and they have been my favorite since "Only You" in 1955 or so. I saw them in rehearsal in NY City when I was 16 in 1957 and have some autographed pictures, both professional and ones I and my friend took. One is with Tony Williams and is inscribed "To Murry, Be cool always, Tony". Is anyone interested in buying these pictures? I have individual shots of my friend and me with Paul, David, and Herb. One is of these entire group singing that I took. One is the professional shot of all five, autographed by each. Let me know.

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