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"Real Life" is the first track from The Weeknd's sophomore studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness.

Credits and personnel

  • Background Vocals - Abel Tesfaye, Stephan Moccio
  • Bass - Paul Bushnell
  • Cello - Vanessa Freebairn-Smith
  • Engineer, Recorded By - Jay Paul Bicknell
  • Guitar - Jonathan Martin Berry
  • Keyboards - Jay Paul Bicknell, Stephan Moccio
  • Mixed By - Dave Reitzas
  • Mixed By (Assistant) - Greg Eliason
  • Piano - Stephan Moccio
  • Producer - Abel Tesfaye, Jason Quenneville, Stephan Moccio
  • Programmed By - Abel Tesfaye, Jason Quenneville, Jay Paul Bicknell, Stephan Moccio
  • Vocals - Abel Tesfaye
  • Written By - Abel Tesfaye, Jason Quenneville, Stephan Moccio

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Tell 'em this boy wasn't meant for lovin'
Tell 'em this heart doesn't stay to one
I'll be the same, never changed for nothin'
It's all I know, never learned much more

[Pre-Chorus]
Mama called me destructive, oh yeah
Said it'd ruin me one day, yeah
Cause every woman that loved me, oh yeah
I seemed to push them away

[Chorus]
That's real life, oh oh oh
Real life, ooh
Mama talking that real life, oh oh oh
That real life, real life, real life, real life

[Verse 2]
I know you don't really understand it
I'm not allowed to regret my choice
I heard that love is a risk worth taking
I wouldn't know, never been that boy

[Pre-Chorus]
Mama called me destructive, oh yeah
Said it'd ruin me one day, yeah
Cause every woman that loved me, oh yeah
I seemed to push them away

[Chorus]
That's real life, oh oh oh
Real life, ooh
Mama talking that real life, oh oh oh
That real life, real life, real life, real life

[Bridge]
Heaven only lets a few in
(Heaven only lets a few in)
It's too late for me to choose it
(It's too late for me to choose it)
Don't waste precious tears on me, I'm not worth the misery
I'm better off when I'm alone

[Chorus]
That's real life, oh oh oh
Real life, ooh
Mama talking that real life, oh oh oh
That real life, real life, real life, real life
That's real life, oh oh oh
Real life, ooh
Mama talking that real life, oh oh oh (ooh mama!)
Yeah, yeah, real life, real life, real life, real life

External links

References

Beauty Behind the Madness
August 28, 2015 • 65:06 • XO/Republic Records
Songs
Real LifeLosersTell Your FriendsOftenThe HillsAcquaintedCan't Feel My FaceShamelessEarned ItIn the NightAs You AreDark TimesPrisonerAngel
Artists
The WeekndLabrinthEd SheeranLana Del ReyMaty Noyes

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