"The Real Thing" as written by David Foster and Kenny ...
Amanda, I know what you're thinking,
You and I have much to say,
And you've been making me crazy,
Trying to understand
But it's impossible at your age.

I know I said I'll always try,
But you're going to bed alone again tonight,
And you lie there in the dark and wonder why.

I did it for you, and the boys,
Because love should teach you joy,
And not the imitation,
That your momma and daddy tried to show you.
I did it for you, and for me,
And because I still believe,
There's only one thing,
You can never give up,
Never compromise on,
And that's the real thing you need in love.

You're so afraid your life is over,
And nothing I can say can change your mind.
How can anybody be so selfish,
And treat you all so cruel,
The woman screamed at me and cried.
I'll always hold you in my soul,
And I'm never going to leave you all alone
But your daddy doesn't live here anymore.

I did it for you, and the boys,
Because love should teach you joy,
And not the imitation,
That your momma and daddy tried to show you.
I did it for you, and for me,
And because I still believe,
There's only one thing,
That you can never give up,
Never compromise on,
And that's the real thing you need in love.

Everybody's got a boat upon the ocean,
Not everybody's sailing out to sea,
And is there someone there for me?
I'm ready to believe.

I did it for you, and the boys,
Because love should teach you joy,
And not the imitation,
That your momma and daddy tried to show you.
I did it for you, and for me,
And because I still believe,
There's only one thing,
That you can never give up,
Never compromise on,
And that's the real thing you need in love.


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"The Real Thing" as written by Kenny Loggins David Foster

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    General CommentThe real thing seems so hard to find.
    But it's right times in front of you,
    if you only look into his eyes.

    Don't settle for less than the real thing
    that is love. It's always in your soul.
    RealLove101on December 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about explaining to his young daughter why her parents divorced. Beautiful song
    kdryanon October 07, 2012   Link
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    Question"The woman screamed at me and cried..." Where does this fit in the rest of the lyrics, which are largely in the form of an intimate conversation with the singer's child about divorce?

    The entire stanza seems to lose some focus, with "How could anybody be so selfish, and treat you all so cruel?" That sounds like the father imagining Amanda's voice, but could be read as the father sniping at her mother too.

    I love the song because it deals with the effects of divorce on children, but wish this stanza were clearer. Then Loggins goes straight away to the line that really troubles me.

    Does anyone share my confusion?
    Shadow77on July 01, 2017   Link

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