Radio XLVIII, side A, track 6: “Pretending” by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton - PretendingOh, Eric Clapton, how damn great was this Hot New Music Hour, huh?  Seriously, Eric Clapton, we’ve already had crazy good new music by The Cure, Tom Petty, Camper Van Beethoven, and Janet Jackson, and now here you were with a brand new song, too!  Not only that, but it’s been over two years since we’ve had an Eric Clapton song on here.  And putting aside this blog, in actual time it had been nearly a year since I’d recorded that last song off the radio.  That’s just not right.

But I’m glad you’re here now with a great “new” song, and I just have to say again, the Hot New Music Hour was pretty damn fantastic, wasn’t it?  Maybe I just happened to be recording music off the radio during a sweet spot in music history, but even so, just from listening to the last several songs on here, it feels like there was a minor pop music renaissance going on over the radio airwaves as the 1980s drew to a close.  Sure, there were some bland misfires here and there, but acts like yours, that should have been feeling a little long in the tooth, were cranking out damn good music that still holds up today.  I don’t know if “Pretending” will go down in history as one of your greatest songs, Eric Clapton, but I can tell you that I’ve never forgotten it after all these years, and I’m going to listen to it again just as soon as I stop typing.

“Pretending”

<awesome Eric Clapton jam>

How many tiiimes must we tell the tale

How many tiiimes must we fall

Livin’ in looost memory you just recalled

Workin’ on
The sound of the band

Tryin’ to get the muuusic
Right

Two go out workin’

Three stay home at night

That’s when she said she was pretending

Like she kneeew the plaaan

S’when I knew she was pretending

‘Tending to uuuuunderstaaand

Pretending

Pretending

‘Tending

Pretending

Satisfied
But lost in love

Situations change

Ya never who you used ta think you are
How strange

That’s when she said she was pretending

Like she kneeew the plaaan

That’s when I knew she was pretending

‘Tending to uuuuunderstaaand

Pretending

Pretending

Pretending

‘Tending (pretending, ‘tending)

<awesome Eric Clapton jam>

I get lost
In alibis

Sadness can’t prevail

Everybody knows strong love can’t faaail

Be pretending

About how ya feel

Don’t be pretending

Yo looove is real

Pretending

‘Tending

Pretending

‘Tending (‘tending)
‘Tending

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