"The Real Thing" as written by Larry White and Pauline Perry....
It's real, yeah so real, yeah

A mongoose can smile at a cobra
But that cobra will always be a snake
Diamante can shine like a diamond
But you know, like I know that rock will be fake

It's the real thing, the real thing
Nothing but the real thing, it's real
It's the real thing, the real thing
Nothing but the real thing, it's real
It's real, yeah, so real, yeah

You can xerox the Mona Lisa
Deadpan Da Vinci in every detail
Might beat customs on a home made visa
But false papers only gets you in jail

It's the real thing, the real thing
Nothing but the real thing, it's real
It's the real thing, the real thing
Nothing but the real thing, it's real
It's real, yeah, so real, yeah

Life wears a smile on its face
But it comes with a sting in its tail
Make believe fables have their place
But only a fool, only a fool
Only a fool believes fairy tales

I heard all the lies that they'll tell ya
"Phone me, baby, the check's in the mail"
Well, as fantasy, it might please ya
But as the real thing, it does nothing but fail

It's the real thing, the real thing
Nothing but the real thing, it's real
It's the real thing, the real thing
Nothing but the real thing, it's real

So real, it's the, oh yeah, real, yeah
It's real, yeah so real, yeah
It's real, yeah and so real, so real, yeah
It's real, yeah so real, yeah

It's real, yeah so real, yeah
It's real, yeah
It's real, yeah so real, yeah


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"The Real Thing [*]" as written by Martin Fry Mark White

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    General Commentok so this is one of the most beautiful maccabees songs in existance. I think the meaning is pretty self explanatory...its about a guy trying to get over a relationship. she doesn't want him, he still wants her but is convincing himself otherwise by wiping all traces of her from his life eg "tearing up the letters".

    the hope in this song is soooooo beautiful...he can see light at the end of thunnel and knows that this wont last forever..there are better things waiting for him. if you havent got this song, download it immediately.
    hologram hearton November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment*the tunnel. i cannot type...
    hologram hearton November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"you might as well quit if you haven't got it."
    is a quite famous line from bugsy malone :)
    ..Becci..on January 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah denial and perhaps the bugsy line is a stab at those who stay in relationships even though they dont have it......
    smalltownplayboyon May 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree with hologram heart. it really is one of the beautifulest maccabees songs.
    frannyb3anon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjust because youre beautiful "my chin would hit the floor..." doesnt mean this is "the real thing". i think "it" is the quality that makes you want to be with this person forever, and makes you miss them when you cant see them, and makes you think about them all the time, and makes you feel all warm inside (: just being beautiful and superficial isnt the real thing. and i dont care how long it will take, but ill wait for the real thing thank you :)
    ahhhh i love this song so much
    definitely inspired by the bugsy malone song, it sounds just like it but i like how the lead singer makes it sound quite sad and nostalgic, hes amazing!
    linaemon December 28, 2008   Link

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