Sex Pistols: Pretty Vacant Meaning
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Song Released: 1977
Pretty Vacant Lyrics
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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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!!
anonymous Jul 20th 2018 report
IT just means were pretty vacant and er dont care!!
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Sep 14th 2016 report
I think this song could be another attack on the New York Dolls, just like the song New York
anonymous Jan 26th 2016 report
Glen matlock wrote it because he thought it would be funny to see Johnny rotten say we're so pretty
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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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