you arrived like a day,
and passed like a cloud
I made a wish, I said it out loud
out loud in a crowd
everybody heard
'twas the talk of the town
The pretenders: talk of the town

Can you make yourself known and still be alone? Is it possible to be famous, to be recognized and also be distanced from everyone and everything? Just as a person can be alone when surrounded by thousands of strangers, maybe being famous is no guarantee of intimacy. Chrissie Hynde is probably speaking about herself and former beau Ray Davies.

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