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What “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens Mean: Song Meaning

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Bad Omens – Just Pretend Lyrics Meaning

“Just Pretend” lyrics, written by Noah Sebastian & Joakim Karlsson, is the song by Bad Omens released on the 25th of January 2022. This is the 8th track from their 2022 album, THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND. The meaning of the song “Just Pretend” lyrics by Bad Omens is an extremely unhealthy on-and-off kind of romantic relationship. Recently, the song has been climbing the chart on Spotify’s Viral 50 – USA and Viral 50 – GLOBAL.

In Kerrang Magazine, Noah Sebastian talks about the “Just Pretend” song. He says the idea for the song was spontaneous and ironic. Noah adds he was proving a point that it’s really easy to jot down modern rock music for radio. Then, he added guitar tunes to the lyrics and he was working on the song. When he reached the chorus section, he saw the potential of the song. After that, he began to take the song seriously. Now, the song is a hit.

Embedded below is the Official Audio Stream of the song “Just Pretend” by Bad Omens from YouTube. Read the rest of the article while the song plays in the background.

Official Audio Stream of “Just Pretend” by Bad Omens on YouTube

Just Pretend Lyrics Meaning

“Just Pretend” lyrics by Bad Omens talk about attempts to compromise a relationship that cannot be fixed. Despite the fact that their relationship is going downhill, they are trying to be together in the worst ways possible. Instead of addressing the actual problems, they are questioning if they are worthy to be together. This is not a relationship. Rather, this is a manipulation. The line-by-line analysis of the meaning of the lyrics behind the song “Just Pretend” by Bad Omens is below:

“Just Pretend” by Bad Omens means to act as though the relationship is going perfectly fine when in reality it’s getting worse.

[Verse 1]

I’m not afraid
Of the war you’ve come to wage against my sins
I’m not okay
But I can try my best to just pretend

Verse 1 to “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens

Meaning

In the first verse of “Just Pretend” lyrics, Bad Omens talks about the fearlessness he has to save a dying relationship. He understands that it’s a big challenge but it is a challenge he is ready to accept. As of late, his romantic interest has shown disinterest towards him. He understands this as “the war against my sins“, in his own words. But deep down, the singer is not alright. The singer is hurt from deep within but all he can do is pretend as though he is okay.

[Pre-Chorus/ Post Chorus/ Bridge/ Outro]

So will you wait me out
Or will you drown me out?
So will you wait me out
Or will you drown me out?

Pre-Chorus to “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens

We’ll try again
When we’re not so different
We will make amends
‘Til then I’ll just pretend

Post-Chorus to “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens

Weigh down on me, stay ’til morning
Way down, would you say I’m worthy?
Weigh down on me, stay ’til morning
Way down, would you say I’m worthy?

Bridge & Outro to “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens

Meaning

The singer of Bad Omens asks if his romantic interest will wait for him to fix things in the Pre-Chorus of “Just Pretend” lyrics. He further asks if his love would rather let him drown in his sadness. In the Post-Chorus, he shows a promise to try to be together again. But for this, they have to set aside their differences. Until then, he will just pretend to be okay. In the bridge and outro sections, the singer asks his lover to spend some time. “Weigh down on me” means asking his lover to hug him.

[Chorus]

I can wait for you at the bottom
I can stay away if you want me to
I can wait for years if I gotta
Heaven knows I ain’t getting over you

Chorus to “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens

Meaning

In the chorus section of “Just Pretend” lyrics, Bad Omens talk about the compromises the singer is ready to make. He is willing to wait for his lover even at the lowest point of his life. The singer knows he has a lot to work on. So, he has been focusing on himself to be the best version of himself. But he also lies that he can stay away if his lover desires so. He further adds he can wait for years for his love if he has to. The singer makes these compromises because he knows he can’t move on.

[Verse 2]

I know the pain
That you hide behind the smile on your face
And not a day
Goes by where I don’t think I feel the same

Verse 2 to “Just Pretend” Lyrics by Bad Omens

Meaning

The second verse to “Just Pretend” lyrics by Bad Omens, talk about how his romantic interest has been faking the smile as well. Here, they are trying to bond with each other through their sad stories. It is never a good approach because they can use their weaknesses against each other if things go off once again. But despite this, the singer says, he knows and understands the pain his love is going through. He further adds saying he goes through the same pain every single day.

Conclusion: Just Pretend Meaning Bad Omens

“Just Pretend” by Bad Omens means to forcibly stay together in a relationship just because the lovers cannot move on from each other. On top of that, they are bonding over the common emotion they are feeling, pain. In a healthy relationship, sharing emotions is a good thing. However, if people bond with sad emotions in an on-and-off relationship, they will use each other’s weaknesses to win the power struggle. It’s not a matter of if but a matter of when.

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Caleb Hughes

Caleb Hughes is an experienced news reporter with 8 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has reported for TMZ as well as Cosmopolitan under a pen name in the past. At Laviasco, Caleb covers song lyrics meaning analysis.

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