real thing

when i first met you we were doing lots of coke together it was
really the thing to do and nobody thought about whether
we were really having a good time- yeah nobody thought about it
after a while things changed and i was just beginning to doubt it

something about the way you suddenly became my friend, we’d
stay up til 9 o’clock and talk about the world’s end we
never had a shortage of topics -just waiting for that next line
even though I felt like hell I thought I was in heaven and feeling fine

it’s not the real thing -you’ll never know until you try
it’s such a hollow ring -not knowing that you’re going to die
it’s all been said before -but i just got to say it again
it’s not the real thing -what were we thinking way back then

you gave me something to think about,
when you found yourself another connection…
you didn’t need me no more and
you moved into another section of town..
and then you threw away what you had,
to get in with these people who were coming around
you never realized the good that you’d lost,
’cause you were so happy with what you found

now that we’ve made it this far i want to take the time to tell you
things are much different these days and it’s not that i’m trying to
sell you- but times have changed and who knows what tomorrow will bring
i’d like to see you back on your feet again, cause what you’re doing now’s not the real thing

it’s not the real thing -you’ll never know until you try
it’s such a hollow ring -everyone you know says you’re going to die
it’s all been said before -but I just go to say it again
it’s not the real thing -i wish you knew enough to say when

it’s not the real thing -you’ll never know until you try
it’s such a hollow ring -not knowing that you’re going to die
it’s all been said before -but I just got to say it again
it’s not the real thing -you never really knew enough to say when

written by joseph herbert, copyright 1993