What does Pretty Vacant mean?

Search Login

Sex Pistols: Pretty Vacant Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

Song Released: 1977

Get "Pretty Vacant" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

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...


    click a star to vote
    Apr 5th, 4:13pm 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!!


    click a star to vote
    Jul 20th, 2018 7:29am report

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


    click a star to vote
    Jan 30th, 2018 1:13am 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.


    click a star to vote
    Sep 14th, 2016 9:39am report

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


    click a star to vote
    Jan 26th, 2016 1:44pm report

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


    click a star to vote
    Jan 6th, 2013 1:15am 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.


    click a star to vote
    May 25th, 2011 5:32pm 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"

More Sex Pistols song meanings »


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Let Me Be Myself anonymous
Zero anonymous
What is Life anonymous
All Things Must Pass anonymous
It's All Understood anonymous
This Years Love anonymous
New anonymous
Saving Amy anonymous
Twist anonymous
Toxic anonymous
What a Feeling anonymous
Can't Get It Out of My Head anonymous
The End anonymous
Almost Lover anonymous
Mama I'm Coming Home anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Almost Maybes
Jordan Davis
Never Have I Ever
Danielle Bradbery
I Called Mama
Tim McGraw
Senior Year
Drew Baldridge
Bloody Valentine
Machine Gun Kelly
Pain 1993
Zoo York
Lil Tjay