"Be for Real" as written by and Frederick Knight....
Are you back in my life to stay
Or is it just for today
Oh that you're gonna need me?
If it's a thrill you're looking for
Honey, I'm flexible. Oh, yeah.
Just be for real won't you, Baby
Be for real oh, Baby
You see I, I don't want to be hurt by love again

So you see I'm not naive.
I just would like to believe
Ah what you tell me.
So don't give me the world today
And tomorrow take it away.
Don't do that to me, darling.

Just be for real won't you, Baby
Be for real won't you, Baby

Been hurt so many times
You see I, I don't want to be hurt by love again.

(I don't give a damn about the truth, Baby
Except for the naked truth. Oh yeah)

Just be for real won't you, Baby
Be for real won't you, Baby

No, no, no, no
It's just that I, I don't want to be hurt by love again.


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"Be for Real" as written by Frederick Douglas Knight

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    My InterpretationThis would seem to be a straightforward song--the singer wants his sweetheart to 'be for real' as opposed to being false, or perhaps hiding things to protect the beloved. At the same time, he sends mixed messages that seem to say 'don't be for real / because I don't want to be hurt...' Consider the following:

    So don't give me the world today
    And tomorrow take it away.
    Don't do that to me, darling.

    Just be for real won't you, Baby
    Be for real won't you, Baby

    What if, for the beloved, their passions are so volatile that they are being for real when they give and take the world in an instant? What if the beloved does in fact feel ambivalent about whether they need the other?

    Are you back in my life to stay
    Or is it just for today
    Oh that you're gonna need me?

    The speaker claims he can handle the truth, but just as important to the song is the refrain 'I don't want to be hurt by love again'. Near the end, he sums up the contradictory message in a neat package:

    (I don't give a damn about the truth, Baby
    Except for the naked truth. Oh yeah)

    Why is this in parentheses? It makes one wonder about whether the speaker is even being 'real' with himself.
    hearsongon January 18, 2017   Link

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