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

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Andrew Vanwyngarden, Ben Goldwasser

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

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.

Jake Pockets

Cw: traumatic stuff

This song gets more heartbreaking as time goes on. And I'm 25 years old for fucks sake. This came out while I was in highschool. I didn't realize back then that it would basically become an anthem for my life. All of ours. Lol.

I miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.
I miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home.

Who knew since this came out that I'd experience homelessness twice, become a raging alcoholic and try to fix that, become seriously bad about drug abuse, get with multiple abusive partners, lose touch with my mom and my brother (who was my sister at one point, love his transition and am glad he's happy, just, things were different).

Sometimes pretending is just easier.

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The New Travel

I just realized this is the greatest video ever made.

anony moose

@Lauren Arnold You have an incedibly simplisitc view if you think this. Expand your horizons folk

Lauren Arnold

@the dude Ben was the onlyidiot

Lauren Arnold

@the dude no that would be your balls

the dude

I thought it was full of idiots.

Lauren Arnold

@The objectionable thinker This video is just very new, not everyone will get it.

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This song represents a color that doesn't exist

Stinky Raccoon •

Looks like orange but smells like green

That made no sense but.....yes

Glenn グレン

Spooky shit

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