Pretending (Eric Clapton song)

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"Pretending" is a rock song written and composed by Jerry Lynn Williams. It was released in 1989 on Eric Clapton's Journeyman as the first track of the album. The song was released as the lead single from the album, backed with "Hard Times," and reached #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the album's highest-charting single on that chart.[1] It was also #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1]

Clapton uses a wah wah pedal on the song.[2] Allmusic critic Matthew Greenwald praises the song's "great guitar hook" and Clapton's "great vocal and guitar performances" on the song.[3] However, Greenwald believes that the song's arrangement is overdone, particularly the "brassy synthesizers," and feels that the song dated quickly due to its pop music elements.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Journeyman Charts and Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ Shapiro, H. (1992). Eric Clapton: lost in the blues. Da Capo Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-306-80480-9. 
  3. ^ a b Greenwald, M. "Pretending". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

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