when it's real love

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writers
l.m. lee / g. barnhill

Story

Wrote this in 1988 while staying out in LA with my friend Tom Whitlock. Tom had moved from Springfield to LA several years earlier and found success as a songwriter working with Giorgio Moroder on music for the movie Top Gun, which earned Tom an Oscar and Golden Globe Award for the song “Take My Breath Away”. 

 

Tom had bought himself a nice house out in the Woodland Hills area and put in a studio, which he kindly offer the use of whenever I came out to LA. I put together the ideas for this basic track in Tom’s studio and then brought them back to Nashville where I finished up writing the lyrics with Greg Barnhill.

 

Recorded at Recording Arts in 1989 with Michael Brignardello on bass, Mark Douthit on alto sax and me programming keyboards / drums / percussion and doing all the vocals

Lyrics

You’ve been handed the wrong picture

Of what love was meant to be

You’ve been given wine and roses

When what you needed was some mystery

   Those bonds of love are old – the chains are used

   But can hang around your heart forever

   You keep hoping’ for some feeling that is new

   And that it comes before the twelfth of never

 

     You don’t wanna’ make another wish

     Or throw some pennies in a well

     You just want a love that touches you

     You don’t need stars - you don’t need bells

        You’ll know you’re the most important thing

        That nothing else get placed above

        When it’s real love

 

When you need to love somebody

You can’t get someone to use

They don’t stand on every corner

You’ll find that they don’t grow right next to you

   Loves something you can’t put your fingers on

   You can’t have it just because you want it

   One or two gave it away for just a song

   I’ve never met someone who’s ever bought it

 

     If you come upon a love that’s true

     It may be hard for you to tell

     Chances are that if it touches you

     You won’t need stars – you won’t need bells

        You’ll know you’re the most important thing

        That nothing else get placed above

        When it’s real love

 

It’s different when it’s real love

There’s no mistaking real love

You’ll know when it’s real love

 

Solo

 

     You don’t wanna’ make another wish

     Or throw some pennies in a well

     You’ll have a love that touches you

     You won’t need stars - you won’t need bells

     When it’s real love

 

     Publishing leewardmusic BMI / warner/refuge music