What Is Real

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What Is Real

What is real?
What’s really gonna last?
What won't crumble away when all my precious hopes are cast?
On what can my little heart rely?
Is it up in the sky? Can I see it with my eye?

I'm askin' what is real?
What's gonna stick around?
Am I just a body that's gonna end up in the ground
Or, am I something more?
I feel it in my bones, right down to the core

Spirit is the real thing, just like we suspected
The foundation of it all is the stone that the builders rejected
So don’t get fooled
All the things that the senses demand
All the fear and the lust and material trust are gonna turn to dust in your hand
Because they're nothing, and you don't want 'em
We're gonna miss out on the real things if we hang our hopes on 'em

What is real, are the treasures of the spirit
There's enough to go around and you don’t need to fear it
Cuz they're so good, and their so bright
They'll make you feel all warm inside like you're doin' everything right

I'll tell you what is real, and lighter than a feather,
Good ideas, they're gonna last forever
They won't give up, and they can't break down
Cuz they shine, shine, through the centuries, and from town to town

Because Spirit is the real thing
Just like we suspected
The foundation of it all is the stone that the builders rejected
So don’t get fooled
All the things that the sense demand
All the fear and the lust and material trust are gonna turn to dust in your hand
Because they're nothing
And you don't want 'em
We're gonna miss out on the real things if we hang our hopes on 'em

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from Defend The People, released September 3, 2011

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Alex Cook Boston, Massachusetts

Alex Cook is a singer, songwriter, inspirational speaker and public artist. He has created 6 albums of spiritual songs, given hundreds of concerts in the US and abroad, and created over 160 murals in 16 states and 4 countries. He is available to perform for your church or community group, paint an inspirational mural, and/or give a talk on spirituality and creativity. ... more

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