California Dreamin’: Change from Began (past) to Begin/Pretend (present) hallmark of most shifts’ subtle yet entropic nature

Why didn’t it change to the correct tense for the sentence as well as the whole song, which would be: PRETENDED?

Some have tried to squeeze in at least a ‘D” by spelling it “pretend’d” but in the audio, theres hardly any sound of the first d let alone any trace of a second.

And the remaining versions that still have the root word begin, are no longer in the correct tense, begin.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/carpenters/californiadreamin.html

Would pretendED have been too noticeable of a change? Can’t fathom any reality where the author would have gotten the tense correct in every other sentence of the song except forĀ <insert new verb> TO PRAY

Past DEVOTION now with current PRETENSE? (pardon pun)

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