"Real Love" as written by Earl "bud" Lee and James House....
I met you somewhere in a hell beneath the stairs
There's someone in that room that frightens you when they go boom

The color you say is black is the one you might lack
In the size of your eyes, is there a righteous prize?

I met you

There's something wrong with our hearts when they beat pure they stand apart
In the black room, the light, watch the seabird fall
Real love, it finds you somewhere with your back to it

I met you

You know, you know, we belong by the stream, to the dawn


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"Real Love" as written by Bud Lee James House

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  • +4
    Song MeaningMy take:

    "i met you somewhere in a hell beneath the stairs
    There's someone in that room that frightens you when they go boo(m)"

    The writer speaks of a chance meeting and paints a room, a place where exists darkness and fear. These lines may convey things like anxiety, fear of intimacy, shyness or depression.

    "the color you say is black is the one you might lack
    In the size of your eyes, is there a righteous prize? "

    It seems to me the person she met may have an overly-simplistic concept of good or limited world-view. Perhaps he is religious and self-righteous in terms of what he seeks to find in love.

    "there's something wrong with our hearts when they beat pure they stand apart"

    A conundrum exists. The two, though seemingly drawn together, are unable to connect at a deep level, or are unable stay together long enough for it to work out.

    "in the black room, the light, watch the seabird fall"

    The light is the writer, or the path upon which the seabird flies into the mind and heart of the other. The trajectory misses. The seabird falls, or it fails to find the heart of the other. Sadly it laments:

    "real love, it finds you somewhere with your back to it"

    An opportunity for genuine, authentic love is not realized. The person has turned his back, due to an unwillingness to accept it or a difference in personal values. The line "i met you" repeated throughout highlights the feeling of regret or sadness due the inability of the romance - the connection - to take form. It adds to the haunting, sad quality of the song. Real love, then, is fleeting and distant. Longing, the songbird sings out, looking back with regret. We, the dreaming listener, relate and empathize as it transports us to an emotional place. Beautiful and well written.
    ParadiseIsBurningon January 14, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"there's something wrong with out hearts/when they beat pure they stand apart" - stunning.
    this song planted roots; it lives inside my chest.
    mandybeccaon March 13, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI find this song absolutely haunting.

    "I met you..."? I mean goddamn!
    "Real Love" (a capitalized essence concept), it finds you.

    "I met you". and that's all.
    You met real love, but that's all.

    Incredible songwriting. Beach House has really hit their creative stride. Best album of 2010 candidate.
    badartson January 24, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correction"In the sights of your eyes" makes more sense in context, and sounds more correct.
    MicePizzaon May 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. I've had and have been listening to Teen Dream for a good while, but only recently has this song really come to my attention. Certain parts really stir something and get stuck in my head - 'I met you, I met you', 'Real love, it finds you', 'You know, you know, we belong'.
    rockmelonson March 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJesus christ. I almost broke down listening to this. Heartrending.
    eagle-bearon March 30, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI DID break down listening to this song, hardcore. holy fuck
    predicateon May 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Real love, it finds you somewhere with your back to it"

    So true. Such an amazing song.
    strokesfan93on May 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think in the first verse it goes: "it frightens you, and they go 'boo'/boo, boo, boo, boo," and so on.
    Tiger_milkon December 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it says "It firghtens you when they go boo, boo boo boo"
    and then "real love, it finds you somewhere with your back to it"
    ciaracon January 06, 2010   Link

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