This Is for Real

Motion City Soundtrack

About This Is for Real

"This Is for Real" is a song by the pop punk band Motion City Soundtrack. It is the second single off their third studio album, Even If It Kills Me. It was digitally released on August 7, 2007, and physically released on September 3, 2007 in the United Kingdom. The song impacted radio on September 25, 2007.


Year:
2009
3:10
85 
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I've got emotion
Dripping out my pores and I
Thought I would let you know
You are the night light,
Ripping through my wicked world
How you make it sparkle and glow,
Before I lose control
There's just one thing you should know

This is for real, this time I mean it
I'm coming clean, please don't let go
I said from the start, that you could take it or leave it
I'd prefer that you keep it
Don't let go
Don't let go
Don't let go

I had some nightmares,
Clawing at my skin and bones
I nearly did explode
You smoked the demons
Gave me back my feelings
Now I am good to go
Before, my face hits the floor
There's just one thing you should know

This is for real, this time I mean it
I'm coming clean, please don't let go
I said from the start, that you could take it or leave it
I'd prefer that you keep it
Don't let go

This is the best thing that I've ever had for real
This is the best thing that I've ever had for real

For a physical challenge I'm notoriously bored
Intravenous delivery, electrolytes and more
Everytime it's the same routine
Out with the bad, in with the clean
Before I lose all motor skills
There's one thing you should know

This is for real, this time I mean it
I'm coming clean, please don't let go
I said from the start, that you could take it or leave it
I'd prefer that you keep it
Don't let go

This is the best thing that I've ever had for real
This is the best thing that I've ever had for real

This is the best thing that I've ever had for real
This is the best thing that I've ever had for real

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Motion City Soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack is an American rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1997. The band consists of founding members Justin Pierre (lead vocals and guitar) and Joshua Cain (lead guitar and backing vocals), along with keyboardist and moog synthesist Jesse Johnson, bassist and backing vocalist Matthew Taylor, and drummer, percussionist and backing vocalist Tony Thaxton. Motion City Soundtrack has released five studio albums and sold almost 600,000 records throughout their career, including over half a million in the United States alone. more »

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Written by: JESSE MACK JOHNSON, JOSHUA ALLEN CAIN, JUSTIN COURTNEY PIERRE, MATTHEW SCOTT TAYLOR, TONY RICHARD THAXTON

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10 facts about this song

Album Background
"This Is for Real" by Motion City Soundtrack is a single from their third studio album, "Even If It Kills Me," released in 2007.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S.
Music Video
The music video for "This Is for Real" features the band playing in a room filled with strange, psychedelic colors and patterns. It was released in September 2007 on the Fueled By Ramen YouTube channel.
Band Composition
Motion City Soundtrack is a rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, formed in 1997. The members of the band during the creation of "This Is for Real" were Justin Pierre, Joshua Cain, Jesse Johnson, Matthew Taylor, and Tony Thaxton.
Lyrics and Theme
The lyrics of "This Is for Real" is known for its emotional honesty and vulnerability, reflecting on lead singer Justin Pierre's struggles with addiction and mental health.
Critical Reception
The song received positive reviews from both fans and critics. It is often recognized as one of the band's most iconic songs, demonstrating their unique blend of pop-punk and emo influences.
Live Performances
"This Is for Real" is a staple of Motion City Soundtrack's live performances, known for its energetic chorus and emotional resonance with fans.
Songwriting Process
Justin Pierre and Joshua Cain, the band’s lead guitarist, wrote the song. The writing process often began with Cain, followed by Pierre’s vocals, where he put a lot of effort and time into getting the words right.
Producer
The album "Even If It Kills Me" was produced by Ric Ocasek, former frontman of The Cars, who most likely had a significant influence on the song.
Band’s Hiatus and Reunion
After a three-year hiatus from 2016 to 2019, Motion City Soundtrack announced their return to touring in June 2019. "This Is for Real" remains one of their most popular songs in their discography.

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