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THE PRETENDER

Words and Music by JACKSON BROWNE

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rent my - self a house __ in the shada.; of_ the
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find my - self a girl who can show_ me.L; what
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love to bring. Were they on - ly the fit - ful_ dreams.,
laugh - tel' means. And we'll fill in the miss- iug_ col - ors
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and go to work each day. And when the
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in each oth - er 's; paint- by - num- ber dreams. And then we'll
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put our dark glass - es on._._ and we'll make
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home __ and lay my bod - y down. And when the
in the end, it's the wink __ of an eye. And when the
love __ . un - til our strength is gone. And when the
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morn -ing light comes stream - ing in, I'll get up and do it a -
morn -ing light comes stream- ing in, you'll get up and do it a -
morn - ing light comes stream -ing in, we'll get up, and do it a -
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