Some songs seem so obvious that it’s amazing nobody ever wrote them before. “Here in the Real World” is one of those songs.
The conceit is bloody well brilliant, what with the juxtaposition of reality and fiction, but none of its intelligence would matter without the heartbroke sincerity that gives it its simplicity.
Which is a roundabout way of saying this is damn good country song, and it’s a little scary that Jackson was this good two singles into his career.
Written by Mark Irwin and Alan Jackson
Listen: Here in the Real World