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Even Better Than The Real Thing Lyrics

Found On:


City Of Blinding Lights (2005)


Zoo TV Live From Sydney (1994)


Achtung Baby (2011)

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"Even Better Than The Real Thing" (live from Stop Sellafield concert)

"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

The way we look at it, this is even better than the real thing. Rock'n'roll, let's go. Get up here.

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 last chance, let me be your lover tonight
Oh yeah

You're the real thing
Yeah, 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, we'll ride on the waves that you bring
Well, 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, love
Yeah, the real thing, yeah
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child
Oh yeah

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
Take me higher
You take me higher
You take me higher

You're the real thing
Yeah, the real thing, love
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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