"Real Thing" as written by and Staley/cantrell....
I messed around as a little boy
I grew up, made the blade my new toy
Friends said boy with what you screwin' around I said
Don't concern yourselves and just
Gimme another blast
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Under the hill, with just a few notches on my belt
Take it away, don't want no more
Even if you say just one more
I won't leave you alone, oh
I grew up, went into rehab

You know the doctors never did me no good
They said son you're gonna be a new man
I said thank you very much and
Can I borrow fifty bucks?
Yeah, yeah. yeah, yeah

Under the hill, with just a few notches on my belt
Take it away, don't want no more
Even if you say just one more
I won't leave you alone

'Cause I'm goin' down the steps on a white line
Goin' down the steps on a white line
Goin' down the steps on a white line
Goin' down the steps on a white line
Straight to nowhere

I messed around as a little boy
I grew up, made the blade my new toy
Friends said boy with what you fuckin' around I said
Oh my God and here we go again,
Yeah, yeah. yeah, yeah

Under the hill, with just a few notches on my belt
Take it away, don't want no more, no more
Even if you say just one more
I won't leave you alone

'Cause I'm goin' down the steps on a white line
Goin' down the steps on a white line
Goin' down the steps on a white line
Goin' down the steps on a white line
Straight to nowhere

Follow me down
Sexual chocolate baby


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  • +12
    General Commentyou can snort lines of heroin too...
    magnumforeveron December 18, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIts definetly about drugs but I'm not so sure about herion in specific. Both the use of "blade" and "white line" seem to imply its about cocaine. About who is using I'm not sure.
    sliznuton July 02, 2006   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation"I messed around as a little boy. I grew up, made the blade my new toy."
    Meaning: Used lesser drugs, graduated to heroin. The blade is a syringe.

    "I grew up, went into rehab. Doctors did me no good. Gonna be a new man. Can I borrow $50 bucks."
    Meaning: Sarcastic verse. Rehab wont work if your not ready to quit.
    Doctor is just another person to hit up for some $ for a fix.

    "Under the hill with just a few notches on my belt.
    Take it away, dont want no more
    Even if you say just one more I wont leave you alone"
    Meaning: Gonna die with nothing accomplished in my life.
    There is no "just one more". Hooked, dependent, its always just one more, and then one more... etc.

    "Goin' down the steps on a white line. Straight to nowhere."
    Meaning: Sinking, dying, (down the steps).. because of heroin use.
    I cannot recall any rock song about heroin using the lyric "brown line" to reference heroin. In the 50's and 60's when heroin was prevelant in rock music, it was white. (China white, for example). Even today the best heroin, if you can afford it, is white.
    The brown heroin from mexico is incomplete in the process of making it street ready. Uncleaned and unwashed, it is brown in color, (and not as potent.)

    "Sexual chocolate, baby"
    (Possible) Meaning: A sarcastic, humorous, ironic toss off lyric.
    In 1988 Eddie Murphy made a movie called Coming to America. In the movie, Eddie plays the lead singer of a band called Sexual Chocolate. The song Black Chocolate sings is Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All".

    Of course, the lyric might be comparing a good heroin high to sex. And as mentioned above, there is brown heroin out there.
    Another more simple meaning might be that, to an addict, heroin is sex and chocolate rolled up into one. "Heroin is better than chocolate or sex"!

    And finally, the demo song for Real Thing was orignally called Heroin.
    That is the best indicator of that this song is about I would think?
    razzell2on December 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems pretty self-explanitory: White line-herion and/or cocaine. That's what this song is about
    FunkyPunky1on October 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is a song that is actually important to the aic legacy, its just hard to realize it. yea its a humerous ode to heroin, but thats ok, cause they were just gettin started, so they could mess around a little. well i think it was put as the last song on purpose. in the lines "im goin down the steps of the white line straight to nowhere" which was exactly was layne was going to do ever since then. i dont know if that was an accident or what. the sexual chocolate part is kinda weird, but wutever who cares.
    beavis&butthead69on May 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcoke = the Real Thing.
    circe.invidiosaon September 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok its definetly coke not heroin thats y he made reference to a blade but the sexual chocolate in my opinion was probly just a joke or something and under the hill has nothing to do with under the bridge under the hill means that you r dead
    lyric geniuson November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the way he does the second "I messed around . . ." couple of lines.
    innumerableon May 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe just randomly screams it at the end... I like this song and it's early demo "Heroin."
    flayon December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Sexual chocolate baby" is a reference to a quote from the movie "Coming to America." At least, that's my guess. "under the hill" - kind of like RHCP's "under the bridge"?
    atommilleron January 06, 2006   Link

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