"Real" as written by Brian Vander Ark, Brad Vander Ark, A.j. Dunning, Doug Corella and Donny Brown....
my sister had a nursery rhyme
set of figurines
she'd often let me play with them, i'd
set 'em up in different scenes
fifty plastic army men, led by superman
destroyed the ranks of mother goose
mary and her little

lamb slips away and catches
sister getting real
and i can too, as long as i don't
make a sound

when we were real and we were in love
with everyone and everything, i guess it
was the beauty of
bluebird clears his throat of phlegm
and static singing operatic

evening comes, and the butterflies are

bats eat the spider that had saddled up
beside her
and the dish, his lovin' spoon were
never found
and i'm taking flight seeking relief, the
lure of handkerchief so white
i chase it straight into the ground

Lyrics submitted by kevin

"Real" as written by Doug Sahm

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentIt sounds like this song is about a boy who is being taken care of by his sister. She is supposed to be watching him but instead tries to occupy him with toys and nursery rhymes while she goes out and "gets real." I think this means that she was having sex with her boyfriend while she was supposed to be watching her brother.
    moonshadow158on December 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOr he sees her masturbating, which leads him to do the same. "I'm taking flight, seeking relief, the lure of handkerchiefs so white." It's a twisted little song, but I love it.
    polkablueson July 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely agree with polkablues... a really powerful song...
    airwolf queenon December 20, 2006   Link

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