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Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing is one of The Jackson 5 songs that's in the album, Lookin' Through the Windows. It's a cover of a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell song that was composed by Nicolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson and was produced by The Corporation. It was released as the B-side of Skywriter, a single released in the UK in 1973.[1]

Lyrics

  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing, no, no
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
  • (Ain’t nothing)
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing


  • Ooh, I’ve got your picture
  • Hanging on the wall
  • But it can’t see or come to me
  • When I call your name
  • (When I call your name)
  • I realize it’s just a picture in a frame


  • I read your letters
  • When you’re not near
  • But they don’t move me
  • And they don’t groove me
  • Like when I hear
  • (When I hear your voice)
  • Your sweet voice
  • Whispering in my ear
  • (In my ear)


  • No other sound is quite the same
  • As your name
  • (Quite the same as your name)
  • Your touch can do half this much
  • To make me feel better
  • So let’s stay together


  • Ooh, I got memories to look back on
  • Though they help when you’re gone
  • I’m well aware
  • (I’m well aware)
  • Nothing can take the place of your being there
  • (Being there)


  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
  • (Ain’t nothing)
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing
  • Ooh, baby
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
  • (Ain’t nothing)
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing


  • Ooh, baby
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby
  • Ain’t nothing like the real thing

In Lookin' Through the Windows

This song is the 1st track listing and the opening track listing in this album.[2]

Charts

Skywriter placed no. 25 in the UK, with the B-side being this song.

References

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