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Sex Pistols: Pretty Vacant Meaning


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Song Released: 1977

Pretty Vacant Lyrics

There's no point in asking
You'll get no reply
I just remembered, I'm terribly sorry
I've got no reason, there is no "Why?"
Say "No future!" and that's just fine
oh we're so pretty
oh so pretty we're vacant
oh we're so pretty
oh so...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 17th 2020 report

    The song is about the mass unemployment in the UK in the 70s "There's no point in aski g you get no reply" means what's the point in applying for a job vacancy when you are just going to get rejected constantly. Being pretty vacant is being unemployed.

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2020 report

    It's clearly just an attempt to get a swear word into mainstream radio at a time when swear words were banned even on records (The Sex Pistols were taken to court after all for calling the album "Never Mind the Bollocks...").

    Instead of singing Pretty Vacant Johnny actually shouts Vay-cunt!!

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2018 report

    IT just means were pretty vacant and er dont care!!

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 30th 2018 report

    A awesome punk rock song of JOHNNY ROTTEN and the SEX PISTOLS which was ''teasing'' while at the same time ''against'' those liberal left wing pervert fuckers who were the rich Management, trying to take advantage and making fun of the Sex Pistols, along with the poor street kids that were strung out and looking wasted on drugs. Thinking of them that they are ''Pretty Vacant'' spiritually and mentally to be taken out to lunch for an easy meat. To only find out they don't believe in their perverted illusions. Because their reality was too real for them not to get suckered and screwed by those perverted radical left wing vampires. 'Cause the assumed pretty vacant punk youths of the time knew what they felt and wanted for themselves.

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  5. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2016 report

    I think this song could be another attack on the New York Dolls, just like the song New York

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2016 report

    Glen matlock wrote it because he thought it would be funny to see Johnny rotten say we're so pretty

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 6th 2013 report

    The song is about the younger generation typically being stereotyped abd dismissed as 'stupid' and unintelligent to the point of them now even worth replying to or thinking about by the olddr generation.

    Their minds are 'vacant', their stupid,they can't think productively and have nothing to offer.

  8. anonymous
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    May 25th 2011 report

    Its about people accepting the belief that they they have "no future" in the eyes of others but still living and not valuing these people who make these judgements. Its basically saying "screw you too" to anyone who sees them as worthless. Also, hw slips in an expletive when he says "Va- cu!?" instead of "vacant"

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