"The Real Life" as written by Edward Jr. Hinson, Dwayne Johnson, J. Heard, Anthony Shawn Criss, Anthony Henderson, Stanley Howse and Bryon Mccane....
I wanted to find somewhere to hide
And I opened up and let those fears inside
And I wanted to be anyone else
Only to find that there was no one there but me

But I woke up to the real life
And I realized it's not worth running from anymore
When there was nowhere left to hide I found out
That nothing's real here but I won't stop now
Until I find a better part of me

I let those hard days get me down
And all the things I hate got in my way
I could've screamed without a sound
I found myself silenced by those things they say

But I woke up to the real life
And I realized it's not worth running from anymore
When there was nowhere left to hide I found out
That nothing's real here but I won't stop now
Until I find a better part of me

Thats out there somewhere
And it cant be that far away
Thats where I'll find myself
And I'll find my way out
That's where I'll find out

But I woke up to the real life
And I realized it's not worth running from anymore
When there was nowhere left to hide I found out
That nothing's real here but I won't stop now
Until I find a better part of me


Lyrics submitted by DarkEternal

"The Real Life" as written by Christopher Lee Henderson Bradley Kirk Arnold

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +1
    General CommentWell, first off I can't believe no one's commented on the best song from Seventeen Days, which has become Brad's favorite 3DD song. I've heard Brad describe this song as the answer to all of the questions that "Away From the Sun" presented, which used to be his favorite 3DD song.

    For me this song really hits home with my current situation. I think it means that he was in a place where he didn't know where he was going (described in Away From the Sun) but that Brad's decided to look inward, find himself, ignore all the crap that other people say, and face his fears head on. It's a very powerful song... this song and "Behind Those Eyes" are my two favorites from Seventeen Days.
    pharmdoc299on July 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is about overcoming all the problems in life and learning from your mistakes- knowing that you can't keep running, you have to face up to reality. Another fantastic song from a fantastic band. Love 'em!
    swedeon July 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLBDamned if you dont want to know what a song means, why are you in a songmeanings site O_o
    anyways i agree that this song is aboutovercoming your problems and moving on
    Sgt.Giggleson July 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it means that no matter what happens to him, no matter what obstacle or challenge is thrown at him in life he'll overcome it all the meanwhile staying true to who he really is inside. . . Excellent song
    Munich318on January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about transition. When we look at ourselves and can't recognize us anymore. We know we are better than this, so we don't stop now until we find a better part of us. We grow up.
    alphawolfon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about overcoming depression and the mental walls one puts up to protect oneself from traumatic situations (eg. abuse).

    You try to find a place to hide and you do by making walls so you cannot be hurt anymore. Then the situation passes but they are still there, causing you pain due to the loneliness that such typically brings with it. One day you decide that it isn't worth running from those "long days" anymore, for you can't hide from pain when hiding causes pain and look inside until you find the better part of you again.
    Khaokion April 13, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about a criminal on the run who finally wakes up and realizes that he needs to change his ways before he gets paroled and won't go back to that lifestyle when he's released from jail ("I woke up to the real life and realized that it's not worth running from anymore").
    seeingon August 16, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdont care what its about, i just love da song! to hell wit meanings!
    LBDamnedon June 25, 2006   Link

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