Pretend
Tinashe Lyrics


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Yeah, it's almost like
Can't nobody do it quite, like
I do it right
Give it to you how you live

Can we pretend
That everything is like yesterday
What if I just wanna feel you touching me?
Ain't nobody perfect
So if you take a while to make it worth it
I wanna pretend
Let's pretend that we 'bout to break up
To catch the feelings that I when we make up
Legs up, suicide, north side
We never count points when we courtside

Let's pretend I ain't your friend
So we can get it on again
Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride, and learn to forgive
When I'm looking for love I pretend

It's you
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with

If we pretend that I'm happy when I'm really not
Pretend that I give you everything I've got
Pretend that I'm there when I ain't there
Pretend that I care when I don't care
Once upon a time, I did
Now I admit that I was fucking with a kid
Now I pretend that everything's straight
When everything ex covered up like pain

Let's pretend it's my first time
So you can really blow my mind
Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride, and learn to forgive
When I'm looking for love I pretend

It's you
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with

To never fool around with you was my best deed
Stand up guy, heart up on my left sleeve
When I could find another lover by the next week
Besties turn to ex-ies from a pep tease
Fuck what these other niggas on, I came to flaunt
What's that A$AP, little Saint Laurent?
Probably what you're thinking 'bout, the commas in my bank account
Pretty bitches bring em out, jiggy nigga in the house (house)
When I caught her dancing by the couch (oww)
With her little booty hanging out (her blouse)
Sticking something in her stomach
Got her screaming out "I'm coming", fronting like you really want it
Still my nigga though

You
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with





Can we pretend?

Overall Meaning

In Tinashe's song "Pretend," she is pleading with her lover to pretend that they are back in the past, when everything was good and before all the issues that have crept up in their relationship. She is asking him to pretend that they are breaking up so that they can feel the rush of making up again. Tinashe, in this song, assumes that her lover has lied to her, and she wants him to pretend that he never did so that she can give it up to him all night, indicating sexual intimacy.


Tinashe is lost in a relationship that does not quite meet her needs and is unhappy. She pretends to be happy and gives her partner all she has got when, in reality, she is not happy. She concedes that nobody is perfect and that it is okay for her partner to take his time to get his acts together. Throughout the song, Tinashe asks her partner to pretend to be someone or something he is not so that they can recreate their old relationship, which was a lot better.


Tinashe wants to remain with her partner despite everything that has happened to them. She hopes that by pretending that everything is okay, they can work their way back to their past relationship. The song is particularly catchy because of its repetitive chorus and catchy melody. It highlights the challenges that come with making a relationship work and the precautions that are critical in keeping the flickering love alive.


Some interesting facts about the song include:


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

Yeah, it's almost like
The singer feels like they are unique and no one can compare to them.


Can't nobody do it quite, like
The singer believes that they are the best at what they do.


I do it right
The singer does things correctly and with high quality.


Give it to you how you live
The artist is accepting of the person they are addressing, as they will give them what they need based on their personality and lifestyle.


Can we pretend That everything is like yesterday
The artist is about to propose a world where everything is like it was in the past.


What if I just wanna feel you touching me?
The singer is longing for physical touch from the person they are addressing.


Ain't nobody perfect So if you take a while to make it worth it
The singer acknowledges that everyone has flaws and is willing to wait for the person to make the relationship worth it.


I wanna pretend Let's pretend that we 'bout to break up
The artist wants to pretend that they and the other person are about to break up in order to experience that feeling of making up.


To catch the feelings that I when we make up
The artist wants to feel the emotions that they experience after making up.


Legs up, suicide, north side We never count points when we courtside
The artist is making a reference to different sexual acts and the fact that they and the other person enjoy each other's company without worrying about keeping score.


Let's pretend I ain't your friend So we can get it on again
The singer wants to be intimate with the person they are addressing but not as friends.


Let's pretend we never met A good excuse to play forget
The artist wants to pretend that they never met the other person so they can forget any past mistakes.


Let's pretend you never lied So I can give it up all night Swallow my pride, and learn to forgive
The singer wants to pretend that the other person never lied to them so they can freely be intimate and forgive any past transgressions.


When I'm looking for love I pretend It's you A love that never ends I pretend it's you That I'm in love with
The singer admits that when they are searching for love, they picture the other person as the perfect partner who will love them endlessly.


If we pretend that I'm happy when I'm really not Pretend that I give you everything I've got Pretend that I'm there when I ain't there Pretend that I care when I don't care
The singer is willing to pretend that they are happy and doing everything for the other person, even when they aren't.


Once upon a time, I did Now I admit that I was fucking with a kid Now I pretend that everything's straight When everything ex covered up like pain
The artist admits that they used to pretend that everything was fine, but they recognize that they were naive and hurting themselves in the process.


To never fool around with you was my best deed Stand up guy, heart up on my left sleeve When I could find another lover by the next week Besties turn to ex-ies from a pep tease
The artist believes that not being intimate with the other person was a good decision they made, as they are struggling with their emotions now. They also refer to themselves as someone who wears their heart on their sleeve.


Fuck what these other niggas on, I came to flaunt What's that A$AP, little Saint Laurent? Probably what you're thinking 'bout, the commas in my bank account Pretty bitches bring em out, jiggy nigga in the house (house) When I caught her dancing by the couch (oww) With her little booty hanging out (her blouse) Sticking something in her stomach Got her screaming out "I'm coming", fronting like you really want it Still my nigga though
This section seems unrelated to the rest of the song- it is mostly rap boasting about the singer's success and sexual prowess. The final line may suggest that, despite their behavior, the singer still values the person they address.


You A love that never ends I pretend it's you That I'm in love with
The singer repeats the chorus, reiterating their love for the other person, even though they're pretending.


Can we pretend?
The song ends with the artist questioning whether they can continue pretending, perhaps asking the other person to engage in the same fantasy.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Royalty Network, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko, Floyd Eugene Bentley, Lyrica Nasha Anderson, Noel Fisher, Rakim Mayers, Rasool Ricardo Diaz, Tinashe Kachingwe

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Vincent Gichero

A love that never ends
You

Yeah, it's almost like
Can't nobody do it quite right
Like I do it, right?
Give it to you how you live

Can we pretend
That everything is like yesterday?
What if I just wanna feel you touching me?
Ain't nobody perfect
So if you take a while I'll make it worth it
I wanna pretend
Let's pretend that we 'bout to break up
To catch the feelings that I want we make up
Legs up, suicide, north side
We never count points when we court side

Let's pretend I ain't your friend
So we can get it on again
Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride and learn to forgive
When I'm looking for love I pretend it's you

A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with

If we pretend that I'm happy when I'm really not
Pretend that I give you everything I got
Pretend that I'm there when I ain't there
Pretend that I care when I don't care
Once upon a time I did
Now I admit that I was fucking with a kid
Now I pretend that everything's straight
When everything ain't just covered up like paint

Let's pretend it's my first time
So you can really blow my mind
Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride and learn to forgive
When I'm looking for love I pretend it's you

A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with

[A$AP Rocky:]
To never fool around with you was my best deed
Stand up, got a heart up on my left sleeve
When I could find another lover by the next week
Besties turn to ex-ies from a pet tease
Fuck what these other niggas on, I came to flaunt
What's that A$AP, little Saint Laurent?
Probably what you're thinking 'bout, the commas in my bank account
Pretty bitches bring 'em out, jiggy nigga in the house
When I caught her dancing by the couch
With her little booty hanging out
Her blouse sticking something in her stomach
Got her screaming out, "I'm coming," fronting like you really want it
Still my nigga though

You
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with

Can we pretend?
Can we pretend?
Can we pretend?



T C

One of my favourite songs from her, especially for this part;

"Can we pretend that I'm happy when I'm really not
Pretend that I give you everything I got
Pretend that I'm there when I ain't there
Pretend that I care when I don't care
Once upon a time I did
Now I admit that I was fucking with a kid..."

man, the way I can relate to these lyrics... glad to say I'm out of that toxic relationship where I had to fake my feelings for a person that never truly respected or cared for me and turned me into exactly what Tinashe's lyrics are saying - a pretender... glad to say that pain is over.
Peace to that.



Occasionally Emo

LYRICS:


Yeah, it's almost like
Can't nobody do it quite, like
I do it right
Give it to you how you live
Can we pretend
That everything is like yesterday
What if I just wanna feel you touching me?
Ain't nobody perfect
So if you take a while to make it worth it
I wanna pretend
Let's pretend that we 'bout to break up
To catch the feelings that I when we make up
Legs up, suicide, north side
We never count points when we courtside
Let's pretend I ain't your friend
So we can get it on again
Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride, and learn to forgive
When I'm looking for love I pretend
It's you
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with
If we pretend that I'm happy when I'm really not
Pretend that I give you everything I've got
Pretend that I'm there when I ain't there
Pretend that I care when I don't care
Once upon a time, I did
Now I admit that I was fucking with a kid
Now I pretend that everything's straight
When everything ex covered up like pain
Let's pretend it's my first time
So you can really blow my mind
Let's pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let's pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride, and learn to forgive
When I'm looking for love I pretend
It's you
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with
To never fool around with you was my best deed
Stand up guy, heart up on my left sleeve
When I could find another lover by the next week
Besties turn to ex-ies from a pep tease
Fuck what these other niggas on, I came to flaunt
What's that A$AP, little Saint Laurent?
Probably what you're thinking 'bout, the commas in my bank account
Pretty bitches bring em out, jiggy nigga in the house (house)
When I caught her dancing by the couch (oww)
With her little booty hanging out (her blouse)
Sticking something in her stomach
Got her screaming out "I'm coming", fronting like you really want it
Still my nigga though
You
A love that never ends
I pretend it's you
That I'm in love with
Can we pretend?



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thelma kaliu

2023 and it still hits. We had good music growing up

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Facts😪💕

Sarah Khoza

When I met the father of my unborn child, this song was playing on the car radio & his not there for me

Thana M

Speaking facts!!

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Ilana Rossouw

7 years later and I'm still appreciating these visuals, the vocals, the vibes

Ioanna Κatsikatsou

5 years later this masterpiece still gives me chills!...

Oluchukwu Akonobi

It's 2022 and I'm still listening to this masterpiece
🎨🎧 🔥

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You my mate

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Same

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