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"Somebody's got to burst the bubble . . . for all the people who aren't making the music they could be making because somebody winked and their eyes got stuck." — Bono

Even Better Than The Real Thing - Live From Mexico City 2011 Lyrics

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U22 (2012)

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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, 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

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

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

You're the real thing

You're the real thing

Even better than the real thing

Even better than the real thing, child
Oh

Mexico
Vamos up



You take us higher

You take us higher

You take us higher

You take us higher



Even better than the real thing

Even better than the real thing

Even better than the real thing

Even better than the real thing, child

Even better than last night