Real Love

Album: One Step Closer (1980)
Charted: 5


  • One of the last hits the Doobie Brothers did before breaking up, this was probably inspired by Michael McDonald's love interest Amy Holland, who had a hit with "How Do I Survive" in 1980. McDonald and Holland later married.
  • The song is about a man (Michael McDonald) who tells his girl that he wants to make love with her. The lyrics are rather sexy. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sara - Silver Spring, MD, for above 2

Comments: 5

  • Mark from NhI believe the comment above that says this song "was probably inspired by Michael McDonald's love interest Amy Holland" is incorrect. The lyrics are about a woman who has many lovers who "come and go", and the man is telling her "we'd trade it all (ie the casual sex) right now for just one minute of real love". It's unlikely that he was inspired to write this about the woman he was about to marry!
  • Steve from NycTechnically, isn't he already in bed with her. The opening line tells us, "Darling, I know I'm just another head on your pillow"...
  • Markantney from BiloxeAug 2015,

    I remember as a young Teen hearing this on the Radio for the first time and in the middle of my FIRST Real Crush,..I just knew this song was going to climb up to #1, never made it. I also knew/thought McDonald wouldn't be with the group much longer, ala, MJ and Lionel.

    Which is why I know there's injustice in the world.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 31st 1980, "Real Love" by the Doobie Brothers entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #40; and on October 19th, 1980 it peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    In reached #2 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart and #10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    The California-based group had twenty-seven Top 100 records; five made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Black Water" for 1 week on March 8th, 1975 and "What a Fool Believes" for 1 week in April 8th, 1979...
    They just missed having seven Top 10 records when both "Listen to the Music" and "Take Me in Your Arms" peaked at #11...
    I've said this in earlier posts, but without the Doobie Brothers, the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame is a joke!
  • Kurtis from Portland, OrWhen Michael sings "When she says comfort me" in the bridge of this song,The feeling and intensity in his voice is so overpowering,that you know he means it, and its comming for his heart.
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