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"Strong in the Real Way" is a song written by Rebecca Sugar. It was first sung by Pearl, and later by Steven to help himself coach Greg, Sadie, and Lars in the episode "Coach Steven". The song is about Steven idolizing Sugilite, and the song covers how Pearl and Steven have different definitions of strength.

The song is available to stream on Spotify.

Lyrics

[Pearl] Why do you have to look up to her
Aside from in a literal sense?
Don't you know that a power that big
Comes with a bigger expense?
And can't you see that she's out of control
And overzealous?
I'm telling you for your own good,
And not because I'm-
I can show you how to be strong...
In the real way.
And I know that we can be strong
In the real way.
And I want to inspire you
I want to be your rock
And when I talk
It lights a fire in you
[Steven] I can show you how to be strong...
In the real way
And I know that we can be strong
In the real way
And I want to inspire you
I want to be your rock
And when I talk
It lights a fire in you
I want to inspire you
I want to be your rock
And when I talk
It lights a fire in you


Track Information

  • Music, Lyrics: Rebecca Sugar
  • Instrumental Arrangement, Piano: Aivi & Surasshu
  • Vocals: Deedee Magno-Hall, Zach Callison
  • Guitar: Stemage
  • Drums: Roger "Rekcahdam" Hicks

A Word from the Composers

"We loved arranging "Strong in the Real Way" - thank you Rebecca for being our "rock"! There are several people who helped bring this song to life. What you're hearing is the result of Rebecca's amazing songwriting, Grant's blazing guitar playing, Roger's fierce drum fills, and Deedee and Zach's inspiring vocals! (I played the piano and synths.) Thank you everyone for your incredible performances!!!"[1]

Chords

Verse 1

  • G, EbM7, Bb, D
  • G, EbM7, Bb, D, C7
  • F, Eb, BbM7
  • B7, Em, C7

Instrumental

  • G, EbM7, Bb, D
  • G, EbM7, Bb, D, C7
  • F, Eb, BbM7
  • B7, Em, C7

Choruses

1

  • G, EbM7, Bb, D
  • G, EbM7, Bb, D, Cm7
  • D7, Gm
  • C7, F, Bb, D

2

  • G, EbM7, Bb, D
  • G, EbM7, Bb, D, Cm7
  • D7, Gm
  • C7, F, Bb, D
  • Cm7, D7, Gm
  • C7, Bb, D7, G

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Trivia

  • Pearl refuses to say 'jealous' in the song, despite it rhyming with the previous line of the verse 'overzealous'.
    • Her jealousy gets exposed in the "Week of Sardonyx" story arc; not only is Pearl jealous of Sugilite's strength but she is also jealous of Amethyst for being allowed to fuse with Garnet - something which both of them greatly enjoy.
  • A portion of the chorus's melody plays near the end of the song "Sugilite Returns".
  • This song is referenced in Attack the Light. Sometimes, while encouraging or healing Pearl, Steven will yell out "You're strong in the real way, Pearl!"
  • This song is referenced in "Know Your Fusion" by Sardonyx.
  • This song is in the key signature of G major.

References

ve Music
Songs "Be Wherever You Are" • "Big Fat Zucchini" • "Both of You" • "Change Your Mind" • "Comet" • "Cookie Cat" • "Dear Old Dad" • "Destiny" • "Do It for Her" • "Do or Do Nut" • "Don't Cost Nothing" • "Empire City" • "Escapism" • "Familiar" • "Fishing for Compliments" • "Full Disclosure" • "G-G-G-Ghost" • "Giant Woman" • "Haven't You Noticed (I'm a Star)" • "Here Comes a Thought" • "Hey, Mr. Postman" • "I Could Never Be (Ready)" • "I Think I Need a Little (Change)" • "It's Over Isn't It" • "The Jam Song" • "Lapis Lazuli" • "Let's Only Think About Love" • "Let Me Drive My Van (into Your Heart)" • "Li'l Butler Theme" • "Love Like You" • "Love Like You (Reprise)" • "Mr. Greg" • "On the Run" • "Peace and Love on the Planet Earth" • Potluck" • "Ruby Rider" • "Sadie Killer and the Suspects" • "Something Entirely New" • "Ste-Ste-Ste Steven" • "Steven and the Crystal Gems" • "Steven and the Stevens" • "Still Not Giving Up" • "Strong in the Real Way" • "Stronger Than You" • "That Distant Shore" • "Tower of Mistakes" • "True Kinda Love" • "Wailing Stone" • "We Are the Crystal Gems" • "What Can I Do (For You)" • What's the Use of Feeling (Blue)?" • "The Working Dead"
Soundtracks Season 1A:
"Amalgam" • Atop the Sea Spire" • "Battle at the Underwater Temple" • "The Cave" • "Connie's Theme" • "Dad Museum" • "Dance of Swords" • "Desert Glass" • "Drop the Strawberry" • "Fight, Flight, or Love" • "Funland Arcade" • "Gimme Gimme" • "Glitch City" • "Golf Quest Mini OST" • "Heart of the Pyramid" • "The Heaven Beetle" • "The Heaven Beetle (reprise)" • "The Hill" • "Holo Pearl" • "I Am Lapis Lazuli" • "Lapis' Tower" • "Let Me Out" • "Lion's Ocean" • "Lion's Theme" • "Love Like You (The Ocean Returns)" • "luv u (Greg's Theme)" • "Meat Beat Mania: FLAMBÉE!" • "Meat Beat Mania: Over Easy" • "Mirror Gem" • "Mirror Match" • "Monster Buddy" • "Monster Spelunkin'" • "The Mother" • "Night Drive" • "Opal" • "Overgrown Brambles" • "Pearl's Theme" • "Peedee's Blues" • "Purple Puma and Tiger Millionaire" • "Q U A D R I N O M E T R Y - THE SECRET OF THE WAVE LIES IN C R E A T I O N" • "Road Killer" • "Rose's Fountain" • "Rose's Room" • "Spaced Out Beats" • "Steven's Shield" • "Strawberry Battlefield/The Sleeping Pyramid" • "Sugilite Returns" • "Synchronize/Sugilite" • "Take My Hand" • "Teens of Rage" • "That's Unusual!" • "Time Thing" • "Underwater Temple" • "Water Damage" • "The Waterfall"

Season 1B:

"After These Messages" • "Alexandrite" • "Almost There" • "Alone Together" • "Be Cool at the Club" • "Blast Off!" • "Collusion" • "Death Rag" • "Decisive Path" • "Defective" • "Fusion Disco" • "Future Vision" • "Greg on the Beach" • "Half A Story / Connie to the Rescue" • "I'm Still Here" • "Let's Build A Spaceship: Part 2" • "Lion's Mane" • "Malachite" • "Moonlit Battlefield" • "Night Drive 2" • "No Home Boys" • "Paradise" • "Paronaldo Activity" • "Peridot" • "The Pitch Got Delayed" • "Return to the Beach/Jasper" • "Reunion" • "Rose's Theme" • "Sadie & the Beast" • "Secret Team" • "Snerson Interrogation" • "Steven's Confession" • "Twilight Run" • "UUU Fanfare / Let's Build a Spaceship: Part 1" • "Waterfall Training Montage" • "Watermelon Battle" • "Watermelon Steven" • "We Were the Best" • "Weatherbomb" • "Young Gems"

Season 2:

"Amethyst's Theme" • "Blue Diamond" • "Enticement" • "Escaping the Colony / Feelings of Love" • "Gem Shards" • "Good Morning (SU Remix)" • "Happy Birthday Steven / 5750 Years Ago" • "Little Peridot" • "luv u dad (And Garnet)" • "Mother and Daughter" • "Pearlbot vs. Peribot" • "Peridot and Steven" • "Peridot in the Rain" • "Peridot's Escape" • "Reconciliation" • "Robolympics" • "Sardonyx" • "Sky Arena / Let Me Do This For You" • "The Rebels / Garnet's First Fusion" • "The Answer" • "Strength and Forgiveness" • "Theme from An Endless Romance" • "We are Malachite" • "Yellow Diamond" • "Young Gems"

Season 3:

"Bismuth's Forge" • "Bismuth's Return to the Battlefield" • "The Breaking Point" • "The Cluster / Gem Drill" • "Collaboration / Malachite VS Alexandrite: Part 1" • "The Confrontation" • "Consolation (Steven & Amethyst's Fusion Dance)" • "Dire, Dire Drift" • "Duel of the Quartz Soldiers" • "The Final Drift" • "Futurisms" • "Get Loose" • "Hello, House!" • "Hit the Diamond" • "I'll Protect You" • "Inside The Cluster" • "Lapis' Flight" • "Lars for the Day" • "Macho Trance" • "Malachite VS Alexandrite: Part 2" • "Meep Morps" • "Objective Invention" • "Show Me What You Got" • "Smoky Quartz" • "Somewhere Alone At Sea" • "Steven VS Amethyst" • "Steven's Restaurant" • "Steven's Rituals"

Season 4:

"Andy's Flight" • "Aquamarine & Topaz" • "Baby's First Glow" • "Battle in Aquamarine's Ship / Steven's Sacrifice" • "Famethyst" • "Good Influences" • "Hit That Bird!" • "Holly Blue Agate" • "Jorge's Band/Breath Of Fire" • "Lion's Desert" • "No Gem Wars At The Table" • "One Big Super Right" • "Onion Gang" • "Sardonyx Tonight! Medley" • "Stevonnie's Anxiety" • "Smoky Quartz Meets Sardonyx" • "Stevonnie's Anxiety" • "STOP" • "Storm in the Room" • "Tension in the House" • "That Will Be All" • "Ube!" • "You Like That, Little Man?" • "The Zoomans"

Season 5:

"The Ancient Kindergarten" • "Aquamarine Subdues Topaz" • "The Ball / Alone Together (reprise)" • "Best Friends Forever" • "Blue Diamond's Onsen" • "Blue Diamond's Remorse" • "Confronting Yellow Diamond" • "The Crystal Gems VS Blue Diamond" • "Diamond Reunion" • "Encouragement (Steven & Pearl's Fusion Dance)" • "Everything's Pink" • "Falling! / Smoky Quartz" • "Family" • "Find My Phone" • "Garnet & Steven Get Painted & Chase a Cat" • "Going Deeper" • "Goodbye Lars / Home at Last" • "Healing Nephrite" • "Homeworld Waltz" • "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" • "I Miss You (She Took The Barn)" • "I Now Pronounce You Garnet" • "I'm Not Sorry" • "Inner Mind / I Am Pink Diamond" • "Integrity (Steven & Garnet's Fusion Dance)" • "Jungle Moon" • "Kevin Party" • "Lapis Leaves" • "Lars of the Stars" • "Lars... ?" • "Launching the Legs" • "The Legend of Rose Quartz" • "Lion's Secret" • "No One Can Know (Pearl & Pink Diamond's Secret)" • "Obsidian" • "Orbservatory" • "The Off Colors" • "Pearl... ?" • "The Pebbles" • "Pink Lars" • "The Question" • "Rainbow Quartz 2.0 / We Fused!" • "The Return Home" • "Rose & Pearl On Earth" • "Ruby Alone" • "Ruby's Decision" • "Sapphire's Anger" • "Shorty Squad in the Kindergarten" • "Steven Meets Pink Steven" • "Steven and the Wolf" • "Steven the Wedding Planner" • "Sunstone" • "The Train Home" • "The Trial: Pt. 1 (Green Zircon)" • "The Trial: Pt. 2 (Blue Zircon)" • "Unity (The Crystal Gems' Fusion Dance)" • "VROOM" • "Watermelon Steven's Adventure" • "When I Go Back" • "White Diamond" • "Yellow Diamond's Sauna" • "Yellow Diamond's Sorrow"

Other:

"Ending Theme" • "Pearl Remix" • "RARELY" • "Steven Universe Remix"
Attack the Light soundtracks "Title" • "Battle Theme" • "Indigo Caves" • "Strawberry Battlefield" • "The Desert" • "Sunken Sea Spire" • "Red Temple" • "Boss Battle" • "Level Up!"
Save the Light soundtracks Songs:
"Saved the Light"

Soundtrack:

"Bismuth's Forge" • "Boss Battle!" • "Hessonite and the Prism"
Steven Universe: The Movie soundtracks "The Tale of Steven" • "Once Upon a Time" • "Message to the Universe" • "Let Us Adore You" • "Home Sweet Home" • "Happily Ever After" • "The Arrival" • "Other Friends" • "One on One" • "system/BOOT.pearl_final(3).Info" • "With Friends Like These" • "Crystal Gem Huddle" • "Who We Are" • "Hijinks Will Ensue" • "Isn't It Love?" • "Search Party" • "Echoes of Friendship" • "No Matter What" • "Our Handshake" • "No Ordinary Injector" • "Disobedient" • "Let's Duet" • "Independent Together" • "Running Out of Time" • "Feelings Flooding Back" • "A Special World" • "Drift Away" • "Found" • "Downward Spiral" • "True Kinda Love" • "The Missing Piece" • "Change" • "Not Good at All" • "There’s No Such Thing as Happily Ever After" • "Are We Interrupting Something?" • "Let Us Adore You (Reprise)" • "Finale"
Steven Universe Future soundtracks "Being Human" • "I'd Rather Be Me (With You)" • "My Little Reason Why" • "Mr. Universe" • "Prince Pearl" • "The Tidying Song" • "Shining Through" • "Looking Forward"
Soundtrack albums Soundtrack: Volume 1Soundtrack: Volume 2Steven Universe: The Movie (Original Soundtrack)Steven Universe: Season 1 (Original Television Score)Steven Universe: Season 2 (Original Television Score)Steven Universe: Season 3 (Original Television Score)Steven Universe: Season 4 (Original Television Score)Steven Universe: Season 5 (Original Television Score)

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