Time to Pretend
MGMT Lyrics


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're fated to pretend
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
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
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
To pretend

I said yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Written by: Andrew Vanwyngarden, Ben Goldwasser

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Никита Симонов

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're fated to pretend
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
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
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
To pretend
I said yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah



Mr. Noone

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're fated to pretend
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
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
To pretend
We're fated to pretend
To pretend
I said yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah



Amir Khan

To me this song is about masking your pain with your lifestyle or success. On the surface, it looks you’re happy and living a life with no obstacles but deep down inside you know you are and aren’t happy.

That’s why the instrumental sounds happy and upbeat but if you read the lyrics and listen to the singing you can sense the sadness.

The way he sings it is in a sarcastic tone.

Great song.

“We’ll choke on our vomit and that will be the end.” Beautifully haunting.



All comments from YouTube:

Ennis Broyles

This song never fails to remind me of when I was 18-19, doing nothing but having a good time all day, dropping tabs and whatever else I could get my hands on. Now I just miss my parents, my sister, my home and the boredom and freedom of time spent alone. Don't forget that the life you have now isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is, everything is temporary my friends!

Feni uwu

I guess it's time to die young

Kris Wintle

AMEN Brother 🙏

Ennis Broyles

@David A. Quinn, Sr. what did you find

Cuppa Kek

Bless up

Solo Gaming

You just hit me in the emotions brother

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David Dalrymple

I don’t think a lot of people realise just how good MGMT are and especially this song. At the tender age of 51 I love it. It’s simply about youth and your dreams. It truly is a masterclass of a song.

Jenny Rossi

Fuck yes it is.

行屍走肉

It's funny that it has a lot of realness and emotion packed in but it is still ultimately a parody. Lovely song

行屍走肉

@Future Reflections He's also based as hell

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