The Song Stuck In My Head That ALSO Makes Me Smile: “THE GREAT PRETENDER” by THE PLATTERS (1955)

“…Too Real

Is This Feeling

Of Make-Believe

Too Real

When I Feel

What My Heart

Can’t Conceal…”

“…Yes

I’m THE GREAT PRETENDER

Just Laughing

And Gay

Like A Clown

I Seem To Be

What I’m Not

You See

I’m Wearing

My Heart

Like A Crown

Pretending

That You’re

Still Around.”

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I Suppose I Was Just Feeling Very Nostalgic, My Peeps.

That’s My Best Almost Answer.

I Found, As I Sat Down To Write This, I Could Go In Many Different Directions With It.

At First…

…I Was Going To Talk About Past Loves…

…Their Impact Upon My Life…

…Past AND Present…

…But I Just Couldn’t Bring Myself To Do So.

I Didn’t See Any Way Of Doing That Without Rubbing-Raw Some Already Tender Feelings…

…Both Mine AND Other Peeps.

I’ve Been A Pretty Damned Decent Pretender Most Of My Life.

Especially In Matters Of Love.

So Why Be An Asshole About It And Upset The Sliver Of Balance I Cling Tenaciously To?

Exactly, My Peeps.

Why, Indeed.

So I Won’t Do That.

It’s Not Something That Has To Happen, Therefore It Won’t, Until It Does.

Sound Fair Enough?

Good.

Sounds That Way To Me, Also.

So Just What CAN I Say?!

Hmm.

Well…

…The Whole Reason This Song Is On Ye Ole MP3Player In The First Place Is Our Little Bond.

I Actually Have Had A Copy Of This Song Since The 1980s.

On Cassette-Tape First…

…Then Later On CD.

It Was On Those “TIME LIFE” Classic Oldies Collections.

My Mother Purchased Them For Her And I.

She Knew I Loved Listening To The Oldies Stations When We’d Ride Around In The Car.

I Enjoyed Singing-Along With Them, And Listening To Her Sing-Along In Kind.

She Didn’t Care Too Much For The Bulk Of The Music Of MY Youth…

…So We’d Listen To The Music Of HER Youth.

That’s How I Originally Heard The Music Of Peeps Like…

ROY ORBISON

BUDDY HOLLY

HERMAN’S HERMITS

THE BEATLES

THE DAVE CLARK FIVE

Etc Etc Etc

…And YES…

THE PLATTERS

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So I Had Many Different Types Of Memories Come Rushing To Me When I Heard This Song…

THE GREAT PRETENDER

…This Morning.

Some Good.

Some Great.

Some Not Good Nor Great.

But Many Memories, Nevertheless.

It’s Honestly A Great Little Number, Kiddies.

And Regardless Of Whether Thinking About Matters Of The Heart…

…Or Matters Of The Head…

…Or Matters Of A Mixed Nature…

…Good OR Bad…

…It Remains A Great Little Number.

It Has A Special Place In My Life…

…Past AND Present…

…And I’m Sure It Will Continue To Have That Place Well Into The Future.

This Song Has Been With Me The Bulk Of My Life…

…And It’s ALWAYS Been A Keeper.

Y’all Should Just Trust Me, Fo SHO!

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Hope Everyone Has A Good Day.

Y’all Know I’ll Be Doing What I Can To Make That Happen For Myself.

So Y’all Should Really Try Doing So For Yourselves, Or Anyone Else You Can.

So Long As We’re All Still Standing At The End…

…It’ll Be Just Jim Dandy.

Right?!

RIGHT!!

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A Film Favorite Of Mine. Here’s The Tagline: -“LIFE CAN NEVER CAGE A MAN LIKE THIS…”- Any Guesses???

"LONELY ARE THE BRAVE" (1962) Starring KIRK DOUGLAS, WALTER MATTHAU, GEORGE KENNEDY, GENA ROWLANDS, And CARROLL O'CONNOR!

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How Very VERY Fitting, Fo SHO, My Peeps.

This Film…

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE

…Is Another CLASSIC Among CLASSICS

…And Also Another Truly FORGOTTEN CLASSIC.

(Name Droppin')

KIRK DOUGLAS

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(Ahhhh Yeaaaaah)

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Oh…

…Yeah…

…And…

WALTER MATTHAU

GEORGE KENNEDY

GENA ROWLANDS

…And…

ARCH…er…uhh…

CARROLL O’CONNOR

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First Of All…

…You’ve Just Gotta…

…Love Love LOVE…

…The Name Of The Character

…PlayedΒ By…

KIRK DOUGLAS

.Period.

JOHN W. “JACK” BURNS

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Always Loved That Name.

Sounds Very AMERICAN…

…Whatever THAT Means.

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If The OSCARS Were Actually Worth Anything…

KIRK DOUGLAS

…Would Have Snatched One For This Role.

It’s The Perfect Role For Him.

He Sells It Like He’d Really Lived It.

It’s Really REALLY AWESOME.

KIRK’s On The Run…

…After He’d Had To Bust Out Of Jail.

He Got Himself Thrown Into Jail So He Could Bust Out An Old-Buddy.

He’s Old-(West)-School…

…I Suppose Is How I Should Say That.

(Pun Intended If Funny. If Not... Still Intended. ;-P)

Now…

WALTER MATTHAU

…Is…

…HOT ON KIRK’s TRACKS!

And We Spend The FLICK…

…Rooting…

…And…

…Hoping…

…He Gets Away.

It’s Hard Not To Root For The Guy.

Trust Me, My Peeps.

If You Want Something Cool To Watch This Coming Weekend…

…You Could Do A Lot Worse…

…And Not Much Better, Either.

It Really Is THAT Good.

Are You Still Trusting Me?

That’ll Do.

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Remember, Kiddies…

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE

…Belongs In ANY COLLECTION…

…And I Don’t Wanna Give Anything Special Away…

…Because…

…Honestly…

…The WHOLE FLICK Is Kinda Somethin’ Special.

And That’s A Fo SHO From HEAD To TOE!!!

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