the story behind ‘something real’ is about helplessness. you’re looking for confirmation from the person you love, you only want to hear that she loves you too. it’s driving you crazy and you start to think she is talking to somebody else: ‘i can hear you whisper, when you’re talking to him’. when you don’t get what you need you feel vulnerable and powerless. like bonnie raitt once sang in one of my favorite songs of all time; ‘i can’t make you love me if you don’t’.