The Pretender

Jackson Browne


publisher: ©Jackson Browne/Swallow Turn Music/Night Kitchen Music/Open Window Music
writers: Jackson Browne
album: Track 8 in album The Pretender
release date: 1976-11
popularity : 11 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Soft Rock/Classic Rock
length: 5:53
producer: Jon Landau
drums: Jeff Porcaro
conductor: David Campbell
piano: Craig Doerge
lead vocals: Jackson Browne
mixer: Greg Ladanyi
recorded by: John Haeny
background vocals: Graham Nash and David Crosby
additional recorded by: Mark Howlett
acoustic guitar & electric guitar: Fred Tackett
strings arranger: David Campbell
bass guitar: Bob Glaub
assistant recorded by: Paul Black
composer: Jackson Browne
lyricist: Jackson Browne

Album Information

label: Asylum Records
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Jackson Browne The Pretender cover art


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I'm going to rent myself a house
Gonna pack my lunch in the morning
And when the evening rolls around
And when the morning light comes streaming in
I want to know what became of the changes
Were they only the fitful dreams
I've been aware of the time going by
When the morning light comes streaming in
Caught between the longing for love
Where the sirens sing and the church bells ring
Where the veterans dream of the fight
And the children solemnly wait
Out into the cool of the evening
He knows that all his hopes and dreams

As they run through the night
But to choose off and fight
While the ships bearing their dreams

Who can show me what laughter means
In each other's paint by number dreams
And we'll make love until our strength is gone
We'll get up and do it again

And struggle for the legal tender
To the heart and the soul of the spender
In those things that money can buy
Are you there
Who started out so young and strong

Are you there for the pretender
Are you there for the pretender


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Fuse
  • 2 Your Bright Baby Blues
  • 3 Linda Paloma
  • 4 Here Come Those Tears Again
  • 5 The Only Child
  • 6 Daddy's Tune
  • 7 Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate
  • 8 The Pretender