Drummer Richard Hughes explained this song on Perfect Symmetry's bonus DVD: "Pretend You're Alone was written really late on. It's got quite a sense of humor, but its still bleak in a way. Again I think it's a very human song and very sort of ambitious thing to write about – but it's a really nice idea to write about – what would you do if everything was gone and it was just you. I think that's a really cool idea and I always imagined one of those movies where everything is gone, and its Will Smith or something or someone is left on their own. What would he do? Lots of CGI probably, but anyway."