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Foster the People - Pseudologia Fantastica

Faded and worn at the seams
A psychotropic wanderlust, sick and laughing
Their words bear their teeth into the wall
I promised I would rid the world of feral animals

See you smiling with your feet up like your hero's
You'd offer yourself to save your reputation
Strong and fearless and deprived just like your heroes
Are you sharpening your sword, well you'll fade out anyway

Why’d you say
Why’d you say that you’d come right back for my love, for my faith?
All the promises you made never realized
Why’d you say
Why’d you say that you’d come right back for my love, for my strength?
All the promises you made never realized

Fill the air with what you like
Another weekend massacre of opinion
Don’t be afraid of the knife, sometimes you have
To cut the limb to survive

I see you smiling with your feet up like your heroes
You'd offer yourself to save your reputation
Strong and fearless and deprived just like your heroes
Are you sharpening your sword, well you'll bleed out anyway

Why’d you say
Why’d you say that you’d come right back for my love, for my faith?
All the promises you made never realized
Why’d you say
Why’d you say that you’d come right back for my love, for my strength?
All the promises you made never realized

You got to love the madness of the feeling
Don't have to rush the freshness of beginning
You got to get back up and face your demons
Don't ever be afraid of starting over

“Pseudologia Fantastica” was the second single off of Foster The People’s sophomore album "Supermodel". Pseudologia Fantastica is another term for pathological lying. The title suggests that Foster is referencing his drug use and his behavior during that time as lying pathologically to those around him. “That song is a narrative inspired by a fictional story about a husband and a wife, written from the perspective of the female. She’s married to a soldier who comes back from the war, and he has severe PTSD. And it’s about the aftermath and what it’s like to live with someone with PTSD. The end of the song is about overcoming the trauma: “You’ve got to love the madness of the feeling / Don’t ever be afraid of starting over.” It’s really about standing tall in the face of adversity.”

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