Pretty Vacant
Pretty Vacant

Pretty Vacant Lyrics Meanings
by Sex Pistols

Raw
Punk
Nov 10, 1977
240
Pretty Vacant Music Video

Pretty Vacant Lyrics

There's no point in asking
You'll get no reply
Oh just remember a don't decide
I got no reason it's all too much
You'll always find us
Out to lunch

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
We're vacant
Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
A-vacant

Don't ask us to attend
'Cause we're not all there.
Oh don't pretend 'cause I don't care
I don't believe illusions 'cause too much is real
So stop your cheap comment
'Cause we know what we feel

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
We're vacant
Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
A-vacant

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
Ah but now
And we don't care

There's no point in asking
You'll get no reply
Oh just remember a don't decide
I got no reason it's all too much
You'll always find me
Out to lunch, we're outta lunch

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
We're vacant

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
We're vacant

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
Ah but now
And we don't care

We're pretty a-pretty vacant
We're pretty a-pretty vacant
We're pretty a-pretty vacant
We're pretty a-pretty vacant
We don't care

Writer(s): Glen Matlock, Paul Spencer Cook, Steve Jones, John Lydon
Copyright(s): Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Pretty Vacant Meanings

It was inspired by same theme as Blank Generation by Richard Hell (whose punk lyrics and fashion, ripped t-shirts and safety pins, inspired Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren when he visited NY in 1975). Pretty means "mostly" and "vacant" means offering blank stares, poor or no verbal responses, just useless. The song is of course sarcastic. We're always out to lunch, meaning clueless, useless. Of course we really know how we feel (angry, bored, alienated) but when you treat us like machines or children, we can certainly pretend we're stupid, but we know it's a put-on. You adults might be upset with our passivity, but we don't even care, we'll go on being alienated, we'll keep on scowling and upsetting you with our vacancy. We'll live life our way, so buzz off and leave us alone. Not just Blank Generation, but one could argue that an even earlier song of this type is the Who's My Generation.

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