World Leader Pretend

  • I sit at my table and wage war on myself
    It seems like it's all, it's all for nothing
    I know the barricades
    And I know the mortar in the wall breaks
    I recognize the weapons, I used them well

    This is my mistake
    Let me make it good
    I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down

    I've a rich understanding of my finest defenses
    I proclaim that claims are left unstated
    I demand a rematch
    I decree a stalemate
    I divine my deeper motives
    I recognize the weapons
    I've practiced them well, I fitted them myself

    It's amazing what devices you can sympathize (empathize)
    This is my mistake
    Let me make it good
    I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down

    Reach out for me and hold me tight
    Hold that memory
    Let my machine talk to me, let my machine talk to me

    This is my world and I am world leader pretend
    This is my life
    And this is my time
    I have been given the freedom
    To do as I see fit
    It's high time I've razed the walls that I've constructed

    It's amazing what devices you can sympathize (empathize)
    This is my mistake
    Let me make it good
    I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down

    You fill in the mortar
    You fill in the harmony
    You fill in the mortar
    I raised the wall
    And I'm the only one
    I will be the one to knock it down Writer/s: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Marc Merrion from Clinton Mai think the song was about Ronald Reagan...not the first time Reagan was mentioned in a song ....1969 Woodstock...Governor Reagan was Ronald Ray Guns....
  • Chris from El Paso, TxLesser known definition of pretend: lay claim to (a quality or title).

    "he cannot pretend to sophistication"
  • Kt from New York, NyI wonder how R.E.M. is enjoying that current administration's 'hope and change' now? It's funny that they love to rip apart other administrations for all sorts of corruption, but haven't said anything about how this current administration's corruption is just as bad as the rest.

    Funny how liberal rock stars get really quiet when it's the administration they supported that's being exposed for the fraud that they accused others of.
  • Brad from Lexington, KyBarack Obama? Um, just so you know, R.E.M. are huge Democrats and Obama supporters so I'd shut your dumb republican mouth.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdAnd if it had been written 25 years earlier, I would've thought it was from the perspective of Nikita Khrushchev ("I raised the wall and I will be the one to knock it down..."), although it was a distant successor of his who tore it down. Or, if written 25 years later (that's 4 years from now), from Barack Obama's. One of the great things about Stipe's lyrics sometimes is the same thing that makes Dylan's lyrics so powerful -- ambiguity. There are often so many interpretations, that they at least take on the appearance of depth of meaning. These lyrics also remind me strongly of one of Sting's songs, "Fortress Around Your Heart."
  • Brad from Lexington, KyIf this song had been written twenty years later I would've thought it was written from George W. Bush's perspective.
  • Phoebe from Belchertown, MaI love the lyrics to this song. they're amazing :)
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