"The Real Thing" as written by Angelo T. Petraglia and Terri Lynne Clark....
He wore a song around his neck
Like some medal of honor
He carried his wisdom like a knife
An empty pocket was a temporary chain
Knowing you've got it coming
Ain't no crime

Every blue note that rolled off his tongue
You could feel his soul twisting right in two
Nobody knew where he came from
Ah but everybody knew, everybody knew

He was the real thing
No doubt about it
The kind that you remember when they're gone
The real thing
Put here for a reason
We knew someday the whole world
Was going to know his name
He was the real thing

She whispered in his ear, and he heard the thunder
Singing 'bout a world he never knew
Head spinning round, he began to wonder
Was he made to love her, or born to sing the blues

He searched inside him for an answer
But all he found was a troubled mind
He left her somewhere on the blue highway
Oh it wasn't just another love that he left behind

It was the real thing
No doubt about it
The kind that you remember when it's gone
The real thing
Not like passion's fire
But a burning, smoldering, eternal flame
It was the real thing

And sometimes at night he longs for her whisper
But he hides from the dawn, 'cause he always wakes to find her gone

In some broken down dressing room in some major city
The thunder plays an old familiar tune
He spies a face of a distant angel
Outside, beneath the halo moon

Finger on the trigger, needle in the vein
One more bullet, it might be your last ride
This is ain't no no-show, this ain't no nervous breakdown
And it sure as hell ain't the time to let the fool decide

This is the real thing
No doubt about it
Who cares if they love you and you're gone
This is the real thing
So you were put here for a reason
But what gives you the right to quit when you're tired
Anyway boy, this ain't no game
This is the real thing

He wore a song around his neck
Like some medal of honor
He carried his wisdom like a knife

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"The Real Thing" as written by Stevie Wonder


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    General CommentWOW!!! The first time I heard this song was when I saw the dead in the summer of 2004 when Warren was touring with them. I was so pissed when I first heard this song...It was Jerry's B-day and the boys were on definately playing a set dedicated to their fallen brother, and as an encore they played this! I was very upset at the time for the simple fact that they played a Warren Haynes song as an encore of a dead show...but I've been listening to this song a lot more and its beautiful! It's a surprise to me that no one has commented on this song. It's about someone who is the real thing, meaning that lives up to expectations and is plagued by the expectations...hence why "when you know you got it coming it ain't no crime!" This song was probably heavily influenced by the dead even tho Warren wasn't a huge fan of theirs but Jerry seems like an honorable person to apply to this song and it makes me understand why it was played as an encore that night!
    tayzha26on April 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song, like Patchwork Quilt (also an AWESOME Haynes song) was probably written for/about Jerry... Haynes was quite the Jerry fan, too. Many deadheads and personal friends/bandmates swore Jerry used brownstone to escape the idea that he was a god of some type in many people's eyes. He was similar to Kurt Cobain form what I understand in that, once he got total fame and that "godlike" status, he didn't want it very much.
    guitarist_10on December 06, 2005   Link

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