"Pretty Vacant" is a song by the English punk rock band The Sex Pistols.

It was released on 1 July 1977 as the third single and was later featured on their only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

The song marked the band's (then) only appearance on the British music show Top of the Pops, until 1996 when the original line-up performed the song (after the live version was released that year) as well as "New York" on the same showing.

The song is infamous for vocalist John Lydon's phrasing of the word "vacant", emphasising the last syllable making it sound like the vulgar word "cunt". According to Glen Matlock the riff was inspired by "S.O.S." by ABBA after hearing it on the radio.

The B-side is a cover of The Stooges' "No Fun" which they played on the spot without a proper rehearsal. No Fun was taken from demo sessions recorded by producer Dave Goodman.

New Musical Express (NME) magazine made it their Single of the Year in 1977. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at number 26 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

The album was reissued as a 2CD set in 1992. A live version of the track from Filthy Lucre Live was released as a single in 1996, and a 7" picture disc was released in 2012.

Pretty Vacant
Sans Expression (1)

There's no point in asking you'll get no reply
Il n'y a pas de raison à demander vous ne recevrez pas de réponse

Oh just remember I don't decide
Oh juste souvenez-vous je ne décide pas

I got no reason it's too all much
Je n'ai pas de raison c'est tout de trop

You'll always find us out to lunch
Vous nous trouverez toujours en train de manger

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty we're vacant
Oh si jolis nous sommes disponibles

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty
Oh si jolis

A vacant
Un creux

Don't ask us to attend 'cos we're not all there
Ne nous demandez pas d'être présents car nous ne sommes pas tous là

Oh don't pretend 'cos I don't care
Oh ne prétends rien car je m'en fous

I don't believe illusions 'cos too much is real
Je ne crois pas aux illusions car trop de choses sont vraies

So stop you're cheap comment 'cos we know what we feel
Alors arrêtez vos commentaires faciles car nous savons ce que nous ressentons

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty we're vacant
Oh si jolis nous sommes disponibles

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty we're vacant
Oh si jolis nous sommes disponibles

Ah but now and we don't care
Ah mais maintenant et on s'en fout

There's no point in asking you'll get no reply
Il n'y a pas de raison à demander vous ne recevrez pas de réponse

Oh just remember a don't decide
Oh juste souvenez-vous je ne décide pas

I got no reason it's too all much
Je n'ai pas de raison c'est tout de trop

You'll always find me out to lunch
Vous nous trouverez toujours en train de manger

We're out on lunch
Nous sommes partis manger

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty we're vacant
Oh si jolis nous sommes disponibles

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty we're vacant
Oh si jolis nous sommes disponibles

Oh we're so pretty
Oh nous sommes si jolis

Oh so pretty ah
Oh si jolis ah

But now and we don't care
Ah mais maintenant et on s'en fout

We're pretty
Nous sommes jolis

A pretty vacant
Sans expression

We're pretty
Nous sommes jolis

A pretty vacant
Sans expression

We're pretty
Nous sommes jolis

A pretty vacant
Sans expression

We're pretty
Nous sommes jolis

A pretty vacant
Sans expression

And we don't care
Et on s'en fout

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(1)

Littéralement : un joli creux.

Vacant peut aussi dire disponible, libre, vacant ; mais le plus adapté ici serait

sans expression, puisque cette chansons parle de l'annihilement de la personnalité

(le fameux no future for you)

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