love is real,
it is not just in novels or the movies
it is fact
and it is standing here
right in front of you
so if you just open your eyes
oh what a sweet discovery,
there is hope
and there is joy
and there is acceptance
so now let out all the light that collects on your plants
keep you warm
let you smile
and i will be there with this pen in my hand
to record all the while
you'll be laughing so loud
that the house would shake with sound
and everything will be as new as the day it was found
love is real
it is not just in long distance commercials
or something that you thought you felt back in high school
so i will turn black and white,
become that horoscope you're reading
it predicts
that something good is on its way.
oh and i'll send you all the world
(Adapted from "Kathy with a K's Song" written by Conor Oberst and performed by Bright Eyes)

green and blue
in a box, through the mail
you can open it up hold it right in your hand
and be glad that it's there
and be glad that you're there
now you can feel all the knots in your stomach
they start to untie
and suddenly it's not so hard to say
you're alright
love is real
it is not just in poetry and stories
it is truth
and it will follow you everywhere you go from now on
so if you just cast off your doubts
then your lips would answer for you
oh my darling,
when you smile,it is like a song
and i can hear it now
and i can hear it now
and i can hear it now
and i can hear it now
and i can hear it now
and i can hear it now
and i can hear it now
Yes I can...

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    General CommentJust to clarify, this song is a cover of Bright Eyes' "Kathy With A K's Song." To be honest, I like this version ten times better than the Bright Eyes version, though.
    BlueAndStarryon April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me the song means, true love at its best. The song is about being completely and utterly in love when nothing else matters. Only problem is it is in fact a bright eyes song, and Jason Mraz shouldnt have taken a song from bright eyes especially one this personal, and changed the name of it, and ruined it. People say conors singing ruins it. Well I'm sorry to break it to you but everything about Jason's version is wrong.
    Adam_with_an_aon April 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAdam with an A, haven't you ever used a song to epitomize the way you felt about someone? And then explain how the song specifically relates to your own situation? I don't know of many people who haven't, and Mr. Mraz is no exception. He was just expanding on an already good idea. I'm with BlueAndStarry... I'm lovin' this version of the song.
    BrightEyes1120on May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI personally think this verison of Bright Eye's "Kathy with a K's Song" is better. I know it is hard to match the true feeling for a song that you didn't write, but Jason's voice carries this song with a smoother and softer sound, which I prefer. And the way he sings smile in one of the last lines is incredible.
    melancholyjenon May 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm with Adam. This is not American Idol and you don't get praise by performing it "better." This is about song meanings and this is Conor's song, conjured up by his emotions and his words. I've posted my thoughts on it where it should be.
    icanhearitnowon July 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwait so he didnt write ANY of this? thats disappointing... i fell in love with this song like a year ago and i still tear up when i listen to it. its so sweet! but man... i feel cheated! why didnt i know that its not his song?
    live_4_2dayon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyah 100% oberst...conor = the man...
    VanishingActon December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's not really "adapted" by Jason, because it's the same exact song. It's a cover.

    And the original version is so much better. It's sung with more passion and it's just so honest. Listening to this version just bores me.
    oh_doctor_doctoron March 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts funny, cause i didn't know this song was a cover till right now, but i could tell there was something different about it. Mraz is definitly a romantic, but his love songs are usually a lot more clever and less sappy.

    Still a cool song though, if you like that kind of thing.
    phifeon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthow can you say jason mraz is clever? conor's emotion and the quivering of a voice that is on the edge of sorrow blow away any wannabe's version anyday.
    tiki_12on July 24, 2005   Link

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