Why Pretend

Song Notes

TK/Jeff Franzel

–Doesn’t everybody know this feeling — the kind of feeling that comes with trying to tell a hard truth for yourself when you can’t think your way out of a hurt place? This one named it pretty well for me. I’ve written a number of songs with Jeff, a couple of which have made it into films (Runaway Bride, Serendipity) and TV shows (Party of Five, Dawson’s Creek, As the World Turns). Since he’s an accomplished pianist Jeff always plays when we sit down to write. On the day we wrote this song, however, he had just flown into town – he’s a New Yorker – and it being a weekend we couldn’t find a place to write that had a piano. I didn’t have a keyboard then, but I did have a strong feeling with this idea, so he and I began writing it with me playing guitar. Pretty soon he was suggesting cool chord changes and variations… and this compact piece of poetry emerged – one of my favorites he and I have written.

I can open up
I can say we’re friends
I can almost forget about
What could have been
What could have been
What still could be
If you loved me
I’d let you in

I could almost say
I wish you well
I could smile and wave like nothing’s wrong
But you could tell
Yeah you could tell
You always could
So that’s no good
Cause you could tell

Why pretend
I’m in the clear again
How can I begin so soon
And tell me what’s the use
When we both know the truth
Must be I’m still in love with you

I threw your letters out
Took your pictures down
Cleaned and painted
And I moved a lot of stuff around
Moved stuff around
Like that would do
To get rid of you
I took your pictures down

Why pretend
I’m in the clear again
How can I begin so soon
And tell me what’s the use
When we both know the truth
Must be I’m still in love with you
I’m still in love with you

words & music: Tom Kimmel & Jeff Franzel
©1999 Maverick Music Company / Drala Music / WB Music Corp. / Bird Wins Publishing (ASCAP)

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