Talk Of The Town

Album: Pretenders II (1980)
Charted: 8
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  • Such a drag to want something sometime
    One thing leads to another I know
    Was a time wanted you for mine
    Nobody knew
    You arrived like a day
    And passed like a cloud
    I made a wish, I said it out loud
    Out loud in a crowd
    Everybody heard
    'Twas the talk of the town

    It's not my place to know what you feel
    I'd like to know but why should I?
    Who were you then, who are you now?
    Common laborer by night, by day highbrow
    Back in my room I wonder, then I
    Sit on the bed, look at the sky
    Up in the sky
    Clouds rearrange
    Like the talk of the town

    Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
    Maybe tomorrow, maybe someday
    You've changed your place in this world
    You've changed your place in this world

    Oh but it's hard to live by the rules
    I never could and still never do
    The rules and such never bothered you
    You call the shots and they follow
    I watch you still from a distance then go
    Back to my room, you never know
    I want you, I want you but now
    Who's the talk of the town? Writer/s: CHRISSIE HYNDE
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Comments: 4

  • Special Monkey from New YorkI just realized what a great song this was recently after hearing it a few days ago on WFUV, I'm so late! The structure is amazing and lyrics a bit unpredictable (asymmetric maybe?), and I like that so much. It's challenging to try to remember and sing along. It's definitely a song about longing and admiration, but I really like the structure of the lyrics and Chrissie's voice, her pronunciation of certain words, and the phrasing.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaMike, I disagree with you. This is one of the Pretenders finest.I agree about the opening riff it truly takes me back to that place when I first heard this great song. My sophomore year in high school, that is when time stood still..
  • Mike from Matawan, NjThis is not just one of the Pretenders finest, but one of the finest songs of that era. The minute I hear that opening riff it takes me back to that place.
  • Matt from Atlanta, GaABSOLUTELY one of the best songs of the 80's. I'm a true rock and roller. I never warmed up to punk, but I learned to live with New Wave. I was 20 and in love. I thought this was the coolest song. I saw them live at UNH. Chrissie is such a bad ass!
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