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Beatles - Petty - Johnny Cash - Eagles - John Denver - Dylan


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    Time to Pretend



    Chord Guide


    D:    xx0232

          3    4

    G:    3x0003


    A:    x02220


    F#m:  244222


    Strum Guide

    Main Strum:

    D   D DU UD D DU

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

    Pre-Chorus G chord Strum:

    D d D d D d D d

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

    1st Line of Chorus Strum:

    D D D D D D D D

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +




    Intro: / D - - - / x8


    D                             G                              D (2)

    I'm feelin rough  I'm feelin raw I'm in the prime of my life.

    D                               G                               D (2)

    Let's make some music make some money find some models for wives.

    D                               G                             D (2)

    I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars.

    D                           G                          D (2)

    You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.



    G (4)

    This is our decision to live fast and die young.

                                                 D (4)

    We've got the vision, now let's have some fun

    G (4)

    Yeah it's overwhelming, but what else can we do?

                                                        D (4)

    Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?



    A (2)                              F#m            G

    Forget about our mothers and our friends.  We’re fated to pretend.

    D     G         D          G

            to pretend. We’re fated to pretend.

    D     G         D     G

             to pretend.


    D                                 G                           D (2)

    I'll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms.

    D                           G                                 D (2)

    I'll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world.

    D                            G                               D (2)

    I'll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home.

    D                                  G                                D (2)

    Yeah I'll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.


    Pre-Chorus 2:

          G (4)                           

    But there is really nothing, nothing we can do.

                                                          D (4)

    Love must be forgotten. Life can always start up anew.

         G (4)                             

    The models will have children, we'll get a divorce,

                                                                D (4)

    we'll find some more models, Everything must run its course.


    Chorus 2:

            A (2)                             F#m            G

    We'll choke on vomit and that will be the end.  We were fated to pretend.

    D     G         D          G

            to pretend. We’re fated to pretend.

    D     G         D    G

             to pretend.


    / D - - - / G - - - / x4


    End on D


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.