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Even Better Than The Real Thing - Baby Version Lyrics

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"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

I'm sliding, sliding down the surface of things
Skin-diving, riding on the waves that she brings
Won't you lay me down in the silver sound
While the moon is high, no one around
I'm sliding, sliding down the surface of things
Yeah

You're the real thing
Gimme gimme the real thing
Yeah, you're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child

You're a drag star, you sent me a song of speed
Your electric guitar is a habit I've gotta feed
Check it out, someone
You're a high wire act, an acrobat
A wrestler, take away the mat
You're a drag star, I'll be your spin machine
Oh yeah, let's go

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

I wanted it
I want to cross the rich and powerful
Ride your love, your gold skin
Girl, your love

Take me higher
Take me higher
You take me higher
You take me higher
Take me higher
You take me higher
Take me higher
You take me higher

Even better than the real thing
Yeah, you're the real thing