The Real Thing
Faith No More Lyrics


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I know the feeling
It is the real thing
The essence of the soul

The perfect moment
That golden moment
I know you feel it too
I know the feeling
It is the real thing
You can't refuse the embrace
No

It's like the pattern below the skin
You gotta reach out and pull it all in
And you feel like you're too close
But you swallow another dose

The pinnacle of happiness
Filling up your soul
You don't think you can take any more
You never wanna let go

To touch the roots of experience
The most basic ingredients
To see the unseen glitter of life
And feel the dirt, grief, anger and strife

Cherish the certainty of now
It kills you a bit at a time
Cradle the inspiration
It will leave you writhing on the floor

This is so unreal, what I feel
This nourishment, life is bent
Into a shape I can hold
A twist of fate, all my own
Just grit your teeth, make no sound
Take a step away and look around
Just clench your fist and close your eyes
Look deep inside, hypnotize
The whisper is but a shout
That's what it is all about
Yes, the ecstasy, you can pray
You will never let it slip away

Like the sacred song that someone sings you, through you
Like the flesh so warm that the thorn sticks into, into
Like the dream you know one day will come to life, life
Try to hold on just a little longer, longer, stronger, stronger

It's the jewel of victory
The chasm of misery
And once you have bitten the core
You will always know the flavor

The split second of divinity
You drink up the sky
All of heaven is in your arms
You know the reason why

It's right there, all by itself
And what you are, there is nothing else
You're growing a life within a life
The lips of wonder kiss you inside
And when it's over the feeling remains
It all comes down to this
The smoke clears, I see what it is
That made me feel this way

I know the feeling
It is the real thing
The essence of the soul

The perfect moment
That golden moment
I know you feel it too

I know the feeling
It is the real thing
You can't refuse the embrace

This is so unreal, what I feel
Flood, sell your soul, feel the blood
Pump through your veins, can't explain
The element that's everything
Just clench your fist and close your eyes
Look deep inside, hypnotize
Yes, the ecstasy, you can pray
You will never let it slip away
Yes, the ecstasy, you can pray
You will never let it slip away
You will never let it slip away
You will never let it slip away

Like the echoes of your childhood laughter, ever after
Like the first time love urged you to take it's guidance, in silence
Like your heartbeat when you realize you're dying, but you're trying




Like the way you cry for a happy ending, ending, ending
Ending, ending, ending

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Faith No More's song The Real Thing revolve around experiencing moments of intense happiness and the essence of the soul. The song describes these experiences as the "real thing," the perfect moment, and the pinnacle of happiness that fills up one's soul. The song encourages the listener to cherish the certainty of the present moment and to cradle inspiration, even if it leaves them writhing on the floor.


The lyrics describe the ecstasy of experiencing life's basic ingredients and feeling the dirt, grief, anger, and strife. The song is a reminder to embrace the split second of divinity, which can fill one's soul with all of heaven. The core essence of the song echoes an understanding of the mysteries of life, as the whisper of the sacred song is but a shout. Faith No More's The Real Thing encourages listeners to make the most of their experiences and cherish them to the fullest.


Line by Line Meaning

I know the feeling
The singer is familiar with the sensation being described


It is the real thing
This feeling is authentic and genuine


The essence of the soul
This feeling is the core of the person's being


The perfect moment
A transcendent experience that feels complete


That golden moment
A fleeting moment of pure joy and happiness


I know you feel it too
The singer believes that others have experienced this feeling


You can't refuse the embrace
You can't resist the overwhelming feeling


It's like the pattern below the skin
An intangible phenomenon that is felt but not seen


You gotta reach out and pull it all in
One must embrace and fully experience the feeling


And you feel like you're too close
The experience can be overwhelming or intense


But you swallow another dose
One must continue to expose themselves to the feeling


The pinnacle of happiness
The highest point of joy and elation


Filling up your soul
The experience is deeply fulfilling


You don't think you can take any more
The feeling is so intense that it seems unbearable


You never wanna let go
The singer wishes to hold onto the feeling forever


To touch the roots of experience
To fully understand and appreciate the origin of the feeling


The most basic ingredients
The fundamental components that make up the experience


To see the unseen glitter of life
To recognize the beauty and wonder that is often overlooked


And feel the dirt, grief, anger and strife
To also acknowledge the difficult and painful aspects of life


Cherish the certainty of now
To appreciate the present moment, as it is fleeting


It kills you a bit at a time
The knowledge that the moment will end is painful


Cradle the inspiration
To protect and nurture the source of the feeling


It will leave you writhing on the floor
The experience can be so powerful that it leaves one feeling physically overwhelmed


This is so unreal, what I feel
The sensation is beyond description or comprehension


This nourishment, life is bent
The experience is transformative and alters one's perspective on life


Into a shape I can hold
The experience has become tangible and recognizable to the singer


A twist of fate, all my own
The experience is unique and personal to the singer


Just grit your teeth, make no sound
Enduring the intensity of the feeling requires effort and restraint


Take a step away and look around
To gain perspective on the experience and its impact on the world


Just clench your fist and close your eyes
To fully focus on the sensation and block out other distractions


Look deep inside, hypnotize
To enter into a state of hypnosis and fully immerse oneself in the feeling


The whisper is but a shout
The feeling is so powerful that even a whisper is deafening


That's what it is all about
The experience is the essence of life


Yes, the ecstasy, you can pray
The sensation is transcendent and akin to a religious experience


You will never let it slip away
The singer wishes to hold onto the feeling forever


Like the sacred song that someone sings you, through you
The sensation is akin to hearing a divine message


Like the flesh so warm that the thorn sticks into, into
The experience is both pleasurable and painful


Like the dream you know one day will come to life, life
The sensation is reminiscent of a vivid dream


Try to hold on just a little longer, longer, stronger, stronger
The singer urges themselves to prolong the experience


It's the jewel of victory
The feeling is a triumph over life's difficulties


The chasm of misery
The feeling is in contrast to life's struggles and hardships


And once you have bitten the core
Once the singer has experienced this feeling, they can never go back


You will always know the flavor
The experience will always be a part of the singer's identity


The split second of divinity
The feeling is reminiscent of a divine moment


You drink up the sky
The experience is all-encompassing and overwhelming


All of heaven is in your arms
The experience feels like a divine embrace


You know the reason why
The singer understands why this feeling is so powerful and transformative


And what you are, there is nothing else
The feeling defines the artist and is unlike anything else


You're growing a life within a life
The sensation is transformative and life-altering


The lips of wonder kiss you inside
The experience feels like receiving an intimate kiss from the universe


And when it's over the feeling remains
The experience lingers even after it has ended


It all comes down to this
The experience is the essence of life


The smoke clears, I see what it is
The intensity of the experience has cleared the artist's vision


That made me feel this way
The experience is responsible for the singer's current state of being


Flood, sell your soul, feel the blood
The experience is so intense that it feels like giving oneself up to it


Pump through your veins, can't explain
The artist cannot articulate the sensation


The element that's everything
The experience is all-encompassing and transformative


Like the echoes of your childhood laughter, ever after
The experience evokes memories of youthful joy and happiness


Like the first time love urged you to take it's guidance, in silence
The experience is comparable to the first time falling in love


Like your heartbeat when you realize you're dying, but you're trying
The sensation is similar to accepting one's mortality


Like the way you cry for a happy ending, ending, ending
The experience is reminiscent of a universally desired conclusion


Ending, ending, ending
Reinforces the desire for resolution and conclusion




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bill Gould, James Blanco Martin, Michael Allen Patton, Michael Andrew Bordin, Roddy Christopher Bottum

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