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Even Better Than The Real Thing Lyrics

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Zoo TV Live From Sydney (1994)


Zoo2Live (2006)

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"Even Better Than The Real Thing" (live from Sydney)

"It was originally called 'The Real Thing,' which is a dumb title for a song. 'Even Better Than The Real Thing' is much more reflective of the times we were living in, when people were no longer looking for the truth, we are all looking for instant gratification. It's not substantial as a lyric but it suggests a certain sexual tension and desire to have some fun playing in the shallows. Sliding down the surface of things. There is a moment when you want to read a magazine, not a novel." - Bono, U2 By U2 2006

Yeah, makes going for a walk look like hard work
But you haven't come all the way out here
To watch TV now, have ya

Give me one more chance and you'll be satisfied
Give me two more chances, you won't be denied
Well, my heart is where it's always been
My head is somewhere in between
Give me one more chance, let me be your lover tonight

You're the real thing
You're the real thing, love
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child

Give me one last chance and I'm gonna make you sing
Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring
You're honey, child, to a swarm of bees
Gonna blow right through you like a breeze
Give me one last dance, we'll slide down the surface of things

You're the real thing
You're the real thing, love
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child

Slide on down

We're free to fly the crimson sky
The sun won't melt our wings tonight
Oh now, oh now, here she comes
Take me higher
You take me higher
You take me higher
You take me higher

You're the real thing
You're the real thing
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child

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