Pretend Friend

from Down in flames by The Resignators

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Pretend Friend Steve wrote most of this rambunctious rocker. Stacy and Francis helped turn it into a duet in which they have a conversation concerning the value of a true “friendship”, “mateship”, or even “relationship”. We sometimes find that people that we think are our friends have a hidden agenda that proves them otherwise, and this song says farewell to those fair-weather friends in several languages. Jeremy’s wicked trumpet solo and Steve’s guitar interplay express some of the angst brought about by our feelings about false friends, driven by Sharpy’s heavy and manic drums. Although there is some anger here, we honestly wish these folks the best.

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PRETEND FRIEND

YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW
WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN EVERYDAY
SOMETIMES THINGS WILL COME TO YOU
SOMETIMES THEY MAKE YOU PAY
THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON
WHY I JUST CAN'T SAY
GUESS THE TIME IS COMING NOW
JUST BE ON YOUR WAY.

I GOT ANSWERS QUESTIONS THAT I HEAR
ALL THOSE PROBLEMS SOON TO DISAPPEAR
THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT NOW
I THOUGHT THAT YOU WERE REAL
IT'S NOT THAT BIGGER DEAL
IT'S JUST THE WAY I FEEL.

NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND
I REALLY THOUGHT YOU'D BE THERE WITH ME
TIL THE BITTER END
NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND
ENDINGS ARE BEGINNINGS
IT'S TIME TO START AGAIN

IT ALL STOOD STILL THE TIME IS RIGHT
I WAIT FOR MY REPLY.

DROWNING IN YOUR TEARS
I HOLD MY BREATH AND CRY

TOO LONG FOR THE ANSWER
I SAY IT'S DO OR DIE

I ALWAYS THOUGHT I'D BE THERE WITH YOU
STANDING BY YOUR SIDE

NOW IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO
MY IMAGINARY FRIEND
I REALLY THOUGHT YOU'D BE THERE WITH ME
TIL THE BITTER END
LIGHTS ARE OUT
SOUND IS OFF
DREAMING IS PRETEND
AU REVOIR
AUF WEIRDER ZEN
ADIOS MY FRIEND.

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from Down in flames, released February 19, 2013
Douglas, Harrison, Killpatrick, Sharp, Meadon, Koulloutas, James

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The Resignators, from Victoria, Australia, are a seven headed brash and boisterous ska punk monster, featuring blistering guitar, thumping bass, melodious keyboards, driving drums and a military like horn section, ready to attack, putting a bomb under the relatively easy, feel-good vibes that are often spun in the genre, with their punk-inflected ska. ... more

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