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November 23, 1986|PATRICK GOLDSTEIN

LYRICS OF THE WEEK: Chrissie Hynde has never been one to mince words, either in print or on vinyl. And she's still squeezing out sparks on the Pretenders' new album, "Get Close." This time her target, at least according to several music critics' interpretations, is none other than Michael Jackson. Our guess is that when the Gloved One sees the lyrics to the Pretenders' new funk number, "How Much Did You Get for Your Soul?," he may want to take a lengthy nap in his fabled oxygen machine. The songs lyrics, in part, go:

Hey babe, tell me please, how much did you get for that sleaze?

You finally made it right up to the top, millions of kids are looking at you,

You say "Let them drink soda pop," soul, soul, how much did ya get. . . ?

From the African nation to the Pepsi generation, who's got soul?

Who could think that you're for real, a puppet in a cabaret,

To increase your wealth, baby, realize yourself.

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