The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in Hereford, England, in March 1978. The original band comprised initiator and main songwriter Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Honeyman-Scott (lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), Pete Farndon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums, backing vocals, percussion). Following the drug-related deaths of Honeyman-Scott and Farndon, the band has experienced numerous subsequent personnel changes, with Hynde as the only consistent member, and Chambers returning after an absence of several years.
All songs written by Chrissie Hynde, except as noted.
- I like the way you cross the street 'cause your precious.
Moving through the Cleveland heat, how precious.
Taking rides and all the kicks was so precious.
But you know I was shittin' bricks 'cause I'm precious.
- Each little tear that falls from your eyes
Makes, makes me want
To take you in my arms and tell you
To stop all your sobbing.
- Stop Your Sobbing
- You asked me for advice, I said use the door.
But you're still clinging to somebody you deplore.
And now you wanna use me for emotional blackmail.
I just feel pity when you lie, contempt when you cry.
- Gonna use my arms;
Gonna use my legs.
Gonna use my style;
Gonna use my sidestep.
Gonna use my fingers;
Gonna use my, my, my imagination.
'Cause I gonna make you see
There's nobody else here,
No one like me.
I'm special so special.
I gotta have some of your attention. Give it to me.
- Brass in Pocket, written by James Honeyman-Scott and Chrissie Hynde
Pretenders II (1981)
- I'm the adultress.
But I didn't want to be and I'm convenient
And I make good tea.
I stand accused
Of the worst crime in history.
That's my mystery;
I'm the adultress.
- The Adultress
- You're not supposed to do that;
You know you're not allowed to.
But you seem to get some kind of kick
Out of doing what you're not allowed to.
You deliberately defy the rules
'cause the law's upheld by fools.
Shit on that.
Bad boys get spanked.
- Bad Boys Get Spanked
- Take, take, take, takin' what you don't need
You'll get, get, gettin' what you don't need
Stand back, take a look and take heed
All the children in God's kingdom bleed
See the networks of concrete and steel
They've no mystery but what they reveal
Tells a story of a future that's void
Of the beauty and the majesty that life on
Earth is meant to be...
- Talk, talk, talk, talk about the government
And not a word about political favor
Everything touched is my political choice
The life you take is your political voice
- Do unto others as you wish be done to you
There's a million lies 'round everything true
You slaughter when you feast
You disrespect the beast
Make our beds and lie there, take your share
Waste not want not pick it up
Waste not want...
- Waste Not Want Not
Learning to Crawl (1984)
- The middle of the road is trying to find me.
I'm standing in the middle of life with my plans behind me.
Well I got a smile for everyone I meet
As long as you don't try dragging my bay
Or dropping the bomb on my street.
- I found a picture of you, oh oh oh oh
What hijacked my world that night
To a place in the past
We've been cast out of? oh oh oh oh
Now we're back in the fight;
We're back on the train.
Oh, back on the chain gang.
- The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you.
But I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They'll fall to ruin one day
For making us part.
- Back on the Chain Gang
- I went back to Ohio
But my city was gone.
There was no train station;
There was no downtown.
South Howard had disappeared.
All my favorite places.
My city had been pulled down,
Reduced to parking spaces.
A, o, way to go Ohio.
- In these frozen and silent nights,
Sometimes in a dream you appear.
Outside under the purple sky,
Diamonds in the snow sparkle.
Our hearts were singing.
It felt like Christmastime.
- I know I'm a peasant
Dressed as a princess.
But that doesn't mean you have
To take my clothes away.
If I could show you
Then I would feel
Like a real princess.
That to me would be success
- My Baby
- I seen you dancin',
A natural beauty.
You make this dive
You really get
To the heart of the music.
You're the poetry of time.
- My Baby
- Don't get me wrong,
If I'm looking kind of dazzled.
I see neon lights
Whenever you walk by.
Don't get me wrong,
If you say hello and I take a ride
Upon a sea where the mystic moon
Is playing havoc with the tide.
Don't get me wrong.
- Once in awhile,
Two people meet,
Seemingly for no reason,
They just pass on the street.
Suddenly thunder, showers everywhere.
Who can explain the thunder and rain?
But there's something in the air.
- Don't Get Me Wrong
Last of the Independents (1994)
- Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes.
Come on and come to me now,
Don't be ashamed to cry.
Let me see you through,
'Cause I've seen the dark side too.
When the night falls on you,
You don't know what to do.
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less.
I'll stand by you;
I'll stand by you.
Won't let nobody hurt you,
I'll stand by you.