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Song Released: 2007

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Keep you in the dark
You know they all, pretend
Keep you in the dark
And so it all, began

Send in your skeletons
Sing as their bones come marching in, again
They need you buried deep
The secrets that you keep
Are ever ready, are you...


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    Nov 2nd, 2008 11:29am report

    This video and song is about a government which controls their nation by tyranny, not letting others fight back and all-in-all controlling their people. Finally a group of people decide to take a stand and fight back against the leaders who have lied to them for countless years. These rebels refer to the liars as the "Pretenders."


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    Nov 18th, 2009 11:21pm report

    The person who said it was about Obama is a retard. The song came out in 2007, When Obama wasn't even president!


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    Sep 13th, 02:53 report

    In a 2007 interview with XFM, frontman Dave Grohl stopped short of explaining the meaning behind "The Pretender", but alluded its roots go to current political unrest.


    For the recent post, you are really serious and talking about the mortality of men.

    There is nothing permanent except change - Heraclitus

    Also, everyone is immortal because even if one leaves this earthly life, their spirit lives eternally.


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    Sep 12th, 18:32 report

    To me, in my mind, there is no question what it’s about. And I can see why Dave doesn’t say it. It’s about mortality, the fact that we are gonna die. I know it’s poetry, and can mean something else. But I really think it doesn’t. We are temporary, temporary, are you ready, to die? And I gotta admit, I'm not.


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    Dec 27th, 2018 12:37pm report

    This song seems to me to be about dogma. And the struggle to overcome it.


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    Aug 13th, 2017 8:13pm report

    This song is so clearly about opportunistic groupies its crazy. Honestly... These are the Foo Fighters not Pearl Jam. I have no idea how no one sees that. Rock stars defending themselves against false or true allegations and done pleading ignorance (geez, she said she was 18)... Send in your skeletons, sing as their bones come marching in AGAIN. The secrets that you keep are at the ready (huh)... I''m the hand that took you down and took you to your knees.

    A rock star taking the offensive against some single or a bunch of missteps on the tour bus or at the Sunset Marquis.

    I could dissect the whole song, but seriously this political angle is crazy. Listen to it again and think the rock band and not the political activists (come on) and see if it makes more sense

    Come on.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Jun 3rd, 2017 6:35am report

    I understand it's written from the goverment, but it has more personal meaning to me. I see it as a victim of a narcissist person has finally woken up from the abuse and cannot take it anymore.


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    Mar 30th, 2016 3:35am report

    This song is probaly about the goverment, But it means something different to me. Now a days it seems like everyone is faking everything, they try to be someone they aren't, and it is annoying. They are all into the trends even though they don't like them. But to me this song is about the few of us saying that we are different. We aren't like the others. An we will never give into the world. We will stand up for what we believe. They will try to tear us down but we will never surrender.


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    Oct 10th, 2014 10:22pm report

    To me it's a song about one persons viewpoint
    About a tyrannical government and the choice
    To not abide by the rules, see through the lies
    And oppose that which the person feels is an autonomous
    Society and break free from that quelling government


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    Aug 13th, 2014 8:14pm report

    This song speaks to me as through someone struggling with sin.
    “Keep you in the dark; you know they all pretend”, a reference to our modern culture’s abandonment of morality; Satan attempts to hide the fact that allegiance to the world and its moral standards is allegiance to him.
    Grohl speaks to me as a sinner who refuses to give up, someone who will never surrender, and is no longer going to make excuses for his lifestyle and poor choices (“done pleading ignorance, that whole defense”). “The secrets that you keep are ever ready”; the Lord that knows you and loves you knows your struggle with a sinful nature; Satan is the Pretender, and Grohl will never give in to him..
    Whether he intended this or not, this song lifts me up and encourages me to live for my Savior, Jesus Christ; Satan wants to reap a harvest of those who are dead in their sin (send in your skeletons, sing as their bones come marching in…).
    Those who follow Satan have sold their souls….”In time or so I'm told, I'm just another soul for sale, oh well…..The page is out of print, we are not permanent, We're temporary, temporary, Same old story”. The page is out of print…. God’s word is no longer being followed, and our lives here are fleeting (temporary).
    He challenges us “WHO ARE YOU???!!!” Will you be a skeleton, marching into Hell, or will you, through Christ’s love and strength, defy The Pretender? What if you say you will Never Surrender???


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    Sep 18th, 2013 9:02pm report

    I agree it's about a government ruling by tyranny, and this song is someone lashing out at them and saying "Im not just another one of your plays . . . I will never surrender!"


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    Feb 7th, 2013 2:01am report

    Interesting that the crucifix Grohl wears is referred to. He wears it all the time, so not specially for this song. Interesting piece, because it resembles the "trademark" of the 19th century magical society "Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn", which is the father of many modern Magickal societies. And enlisted Magisters like Aleister Crowley, who taught stuff that inspired illustrous Rock bands like Led Zeppelin.......


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    Feb 6th, 2013 2:55am report

    To me the very words ( especially when the band is in a virtual face-off with the Riot control police :....
    I'm what's left,( refers to after thinning out the crowd - I'm left standing and ready )

    I'm what's right ( refers to right to fight back - for the sake of myself, friends, and humanity )
    I'm the enemy Refers to because I WONT bow down and WONT "comply" or submit to Tyranny any longer makes me the enemy

    I'm the hand that will take you down
    Bring you to your knees " to me is a warning to the Illuminati - After the public have been beaten down after protests and riots and now are afraid, - if they think there is not chance that "people" have ALSO been preparing for this for years and are ready to defend humanity against them - they are in for one, serious pounding.

    I say this because those oppressed have ALWAYS had the advantage - psychological advantage - to anybody being oppressed, any heavily armed and organized soldiers are an invading force - and the locals are fighting for FREEDOM!- as humanity will fight for freedom ALSO!


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    Mar 7th, 2012 3:12am report

    "the page is out of print" could possibly be referring to how in todays media we believe everything we see on the news or in a newspaper (print). "in time, or so im told. im just another soul for sale" kind of sarcastically building up to the page is out of print. meaning he doesn't believe the print. we are not permanent we're temporary. mean to me simply that we aren't going to live forever so live life your way not brainwashed like the "same old story"


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    Jan 31st, 2012 1:31pm report

    For what it's worth....great song with obviolusily floydian dacor. Like it!


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    Jan 28th, 2012 1:34am report

    Hmmmmmmm, this song is obviously anti-Illuminati. Dave Grohl wears a crucifix chain, and he looks so much like Jesus... Ok, I'm freaked out


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    Nov 9th, 2011 11:19pm report

    Dave Grohl seems to refer to external factors (political unrest), to me it refers to inner struggle. The big issue one meets when searching for the authentic self (WHO ARE U) is facing all the personae you created during your life in response to external events(the riot police). They all pretend to be you.The authentic self comes from within, is powerful and creative. But it has to be allowed and acknowledged (keep you in the dark). For that to be realised, you will have to face your fears, trauma's and beliefs that you created and sublimized in different characters (send in your skeletons), as a defense against a threatening outer world. The lyrics and the clip suggest that there is one dominant character, maybe the pretender of the title, who leads the troops. So the pretender represents the biggest stronghold against a major trauma, but also the biggest hindrance to full realization of the self. Defeating the pretender will mean liberation of the self (the exploding screen).

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