Although Tinashe‘s official video for ‘Pretend’ at the moment is a story-board style of finger-painted lyrics splattered across the screen, I don’t actually mind at all – only due to the fact that the lyrics are so relatable with a certain situation I’ve found myself in recently.
In fact this verse right here.. hit me like a ton of bricks. Truth.
Let’s pretend I ain’t your friend
So we can get it on again
Let’s pretend we never met
A good excuse to play forget
Let’s pretend you never lied
So I can give it up all night
Swallow my pride, and learn to forgive
When I’m looking for love I pretend
Personally, it wouldn’t have been from one person expressing the entire verse though. It would be more of a back and forth between us, but honestly, how someone could “pretend” that there wasn’t a third party in the picture is beyond me.
Anyhow, back to this slow jam, ‘Pretend’ illustrates the all-too-familiar themes of heartbreak and infidelity. Whilst not everyone has experienced infidelity, I’m sure we’ve all had our heart broken once or twice.
A$AP Rocky delivers a nice additional verse that is both smooth and memorable too, without breaking the flow of the entire song which I really like.