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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
[Steven and Pearl] 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

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

Videos

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 AreBig Fat ZucchiniBoth of YouChange Your MindCometCookie CatDear Old DadDestinyDo It for HerDo or Do NutDon't Cost NothingEmpire CityEscapismFamiliarFishing for ComplimentsFull DisclosureG-G-G-GhostGiant WomanHaven't You Noticed (I'm a Star)Here Comes a ThoughtI Could Never Be (Ready)I Think I Need a Little (Change)It's Over Isn't ItThe Jam SongLapis LazuliLet's Only Think About LoveLet Me Drive My Van (into Your Heart)Li'l Butler ThemeLove Like YouLove Like You (Reprise)Mr. GregOn the RunPeace and Love on the Planet Earth • PotluckRuby RiderSadie Killer and the SuspectsSomething Entirely NewSte-Ste-Ste StevenSteven and the Crystal GemsSteven and the StevensStill Not Giving UpStrong in the Real WayStronger Than YouThat Distant ShoreTower of MistakesTrue Kinda LoveWailing StoneWe Are the Crystal GemsWhat Can I Do (For You) • What's the Use of Feeling (Blue)?The Working Dead
Soundtracks Season 1A:
Amalgam • Atop the Sea SpireBattle at the Underwater TempleThe CaveConnie (Piano Demo)Dad MuseumDance of SwordsDesert GlassDrop the StrawberryFight, Flight, or LoveFunland ArcadeGimme GimmeGlitch CityGolf Quest Mini OSTHeart of the PyramidThe Heaven BeetleThe Heaven Beetle (reprise)The HillHolo PearlI Am Lapis LazuliLapis' TowerLet Me OutLion's OceanLion's ThemeLove Like You (The Ocean Returns)Meat Beat Mania: FLAMBÉE!Meat Beat Mania: Over EasyMirror GemMirror MatchMonster BuddyMonster Spelunkin'The MotherNight DriveOpalOvergrown BramblesPearl's ThemePeedee's BluesPurple Puma and Tiger MillionaireQ 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 NRoad KillerRose's FountainRose's RoomSpaced Out BeatsSteven's ShieldStrawberry Battlefield/The Sleeping PyramidSugilite ReturnsSynchronize/SugiliteTake My HandTeens of RageThat's Unusual!Time ThingUnderwater TempleWater DamageThe Waterfall

Season 1B:

After These MessagesAlexandriteAlmost ThereAlone TogetherBe Cool at the ClubBlast Off!CollusionDeath RagDecisive PathDefectiveFusion DiscoFuture VisionGreg on the BeachI'm Still HereLet's Build A Spaceship: Part 2Lion's ManeMalachiteMoonlit BattlefieldNight Drive 2No Home BoysParadiseParonaldo ActivityPeridotThe Pitch Got DelayedReturn to the Beach/JasperReunionRose's ThemeSadie & the BeastSecret TeamSnerson InterrogationSteven's ConfessionTwilight RunUUU Fanfare / Let's Build a Spaceship: Part 1Waterfall Training MontageWatermelon BattleWatermelon StevenWe Were the BestWeatherbombYoung Gems

Season 2:

The AnswerBlue DiamondEnticementEscaping the Colony / Feelings of LoveGem ShardsGood Morning (SU Remix)Happy Birthday Steven / 5750 Years AgoLittle PeridotPearlbot vs. PeribotPeridot and StevenPeridot in the RainPeridot's EscapeThe Rebels / Garnet's First FusionReconciliationRobolympicsSardonyxStrength and ForgivenessTheme from An Endless RomanceWe are MalachiteYellow Diamond

Season 3:

Bismuth's ForgeBismuth's Return to the BattlefieldThe Breaking PointThe Cluster / Gem DrillCollaboration / Malachite VS Alexandrite: Part 1The ConfrontationDire, Dire DriftDuel of the Quartz SoldiersThe Final DriftFuturismsGet LooseHello, House!Hit the DiamondI'll Protect YouInside The ClusterLapis' FlightLars for the DayMacho TranceMalachite VS Alexandrite: Part 2Meep MorpsObjective InventionShow Me What You GotSmoky QuartzSomewhere Alone At SeaSteven VS AmethystSteven's RestaurantSteven's Rituals

Season 4:

Andy's FlightConsolation/Smoky Meets SardonyxHit That Bird!Jorge's Band/Breath Of FireNo Gem Wars At The TableOld Sentries • One Big Super RightSardonyx TonightStorm in the RoomYou Like That, Little Man?

Season 5:

"The Ball" • Force Of SlothObsidianPink Diamond/No One Can KnowRainbow Quartz 2.0 / We Fused!Sunstone

Other:

Ending ThemePearl RemixRARELYSteven Universe Remix
Attack the Light soundtracks TitleBattle ThemeIndigo CavesStrawberry BattlefieldThe DesertSunken Sea SpireRed TempleBoss BattleLevel Up!
Save the Light soundtracks Songs:
Saved the Light

Soundtrack:

Bismuth's ForgeBoss Battle!Hessonite and the Prism
Steven Universe: The Movie soundtracks The Tale of StevenOnce Upon a TimeMessage to the UniverseLet Us Adore YouHome Sweet HomeHappily Ever AfterThe ArrivalOther FriendsOne on Onesystem/BOOT.pearl_final(3).InfoWith Friends Like TheseCrystal Gem HuddleWho We AreHijinks Will EnsueIsn't It Love?Search PartyEchoes of FriendshipNo Matter WhatOur HandshakeNo Ordinary InjectorDisobedientLet's DuetIndependent TogetherRunning Out of TimeFeelings Flooding BackA Special WorldDrift AwayFoundDownward SpiralTrue Kinda LoveThe Missing PieceChangeNot Good at AllThere’s No Such Thing as Happily Ever AfterAre We Interrupting Something?Let Us Adore You (Reprise)Finale

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