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Even Better Than The Real Thing - Live From from Paris 2001 Lyrics

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Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (2001)


The Complete U2 (2004)

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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

Give me one more chance and you'll be satisfied
Give me half a chance and 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
Oh yeah, check it out

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 more chance and you're gonna make me sing
Give me half a chance to ride on the waves that you bring
Well, my heart is where it's always been
My head is somewhere in between
Give me one more chance, you can see the surface of things

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

Take me higher to heaven
Take me higher, oh my soul
Take me higher, oh yeah
Take me higher, oh child
Take me higher
You take me higher
You take me higher
You take me higher
You're the real thing
Even better than the real thing, child