That's Really Super, Supergirl

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Recordings

  1. Album version, 3'21.
    Released on Skylarking.
    Percussion samples from Deface The Music by Utopia (featuring Todd Rundgren).
    Todd Rundgren - all keyboards, synths, backing vocals.
  2. Demo version.
    Released on 7 July 2003 on Fuzzy Warbles Volume Four in the U.K.
    Also released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
    Andy: “A Skylarking demo to start our DC Comics female characters corner. Smallville but perfectly formedville. That's Streaky The Supercat on harmonica.”
    Andy: “We actually used, I just remembered, we got the master tapes of Deface the Music out of the cupboard at his studio, because we wanted a really ringing tin can snare drum and he said, ‘Ah, we have one of those on a track on Deface the Music’. And we went through them and found it and sampled it, and Prairie Prince ends up playing the sample on ‘That's Really Super, Supergirl’ — that real offensive tin can snare drum is a sample off of Deface the Music.”
  3. 2016 stereo mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
  4. 2016 5.1 mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.
  5. 2016 instrumental mix.
    Mixed and produced by Steven Wilson from the original multi-track tapes.
    Released on the reissue of Skylarking on 14 October 2016 in the U.K.

Art

“That's Really Super, Supergirl” postage stamp

“That's Really Super, Supergirl” postage stamp

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Lyrics

I can't hold you down
If you want to fly
Can't you see I'm all broke up inside
Well just you use your two X Ray eyes

Hurt like Kryptonite
Put me on my knees
Now that I've found out just what you're doing
With your secret identities

That's really super Supergirl
How you saved yourself in seconds flat
And your friends are going to say
That's really super Supergirl
How you're changing all the world's weather
But you couldn't put us back together
Now I feel like I'm tethered deep
Inside your Fortress of Solitude
Don't mean to be rude
But I don't feel super
Supergirl

I won't call again
Even in a jam
Now I realise you could be on a mission
Saving some other man

That's really super Supergirl
How you saved yourself in seconds flat
And your friends are going to say
That's really super Supergirl
How you stopped the universe from dying
But you're never going to stop me crying
And I feel like you're trying hard
To sweep me like dirt underneath your cape
Well I might be an ape
But I used to feel super
Supergirl

That's really super Supergirl
How you saved yourself in seconds flat
And your friends are going to say
That's really super Supergirl
How you're changing the world's weather
But you couldn't put us back together
Super Supergirl
How you stopped the universe from dying
But you're never going to stop me crying
Super Supergirl
I'm here in your Fortress of Solitude
Don't mean to be rude
But I don't feel super

© 1987 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd.


Chords and Tablature

Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:41:51 +0900
From: ToshiyukiM <peeatleth (at) gmail dot com>
Subject: Bass tab for Supergirl
Message-ID: <CAGchFzFWD0ULYxy_2CsNdEjK35isxF-KXVZhaUD+T6rK8oYaEg (at) mail dot gmail dot com>


Hello.
I'm Toshiyuki from Japan.
I always enjoy viewing chalkhills.
I make a Bass tab for "That's Really Super Supergirl".

Toshi


Q=111  4/4   Tuning=EADG

                        [Verse]
   W          W          Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  H
G|----------|----------|---------------|--------------|
D|----------|----------|---------------|--------------|
A|----------|----------|-1-----------1-|-(1)----------|
E|----------|----------|------1-0--1---|--------------|


   Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  H      E E E E E E E E   +E  E E E E E Q
G|---------------|--------------|-----------------|------------------|
D|---------------|--------------|-1-0-------------|-------------3----|
A|-1-----------1-|-(1)----------|-----3-1---------|-------0-1-3---3--|
E|------1-0--1---|--------------|---------4---3-1-|-(1)-3------------|


   Q.   E Q  E E   +W           Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  E E E E
G|---------------|------------|---------------|-----------------|
D|-------------3-|-(3)--------|---------------|-----------------|
A|-1-------------|------------|-1-----------1-|-(1)-------------|
E|------1-0--1---|------------|------1-0--1---|-----------3-1---|


   Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  H      E E E E E E E E   +E  E E E E E Q
G|---------------|--------------|-----------------|------------------|
D|---------------|--------------|-1-0-------------|-------------3----|
A|-1-----------1-|-(1)----------|-----3-1---------|-------0-1-3---3--|
E|------1-0--1---|--------------|---------4---3-1-|-(1)-3------------|

                                  [Chorus]
   Q.   S S Q  S S E   +W           E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
G|-------------------|------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-------------------|------------|-----------------|-6-5-3-----------|
A|-1---------------3-|-(3)--------|-----------3---3-|-------6-5-3---1-|
E|------1---0--1-----|------------|-4-3-1-3-4---4---|-------------4---|


   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|------3----------|------3----------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1--------|-----------------|---------------1-|
E|----------1--3---|----------1--3---|-4-4---4-3-3---1-|---1---1-1-1-----|


   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   Q  Q  E E Q    Q  E Q.   Q
G|-----------------|-----------------|--------------|--------------|
D|------3----------|------3----------|--------------|--------------|
A|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1--------|--------------|--------------|
E|----------1--3---|----------1--3---|-3-----3-3----|-5----5-------|

                                                [Interlude]
   Q  Q  E E Q    E E E E E E E E   Q  Q  H      Q.   E Q  E E
G|--------------|-----------------|------------|---------------|
D|-1-----1-1----|-3-3-3-3-1-0-----|------------|---------------|
A|--------------|-------------3-1-|------------|-1-----------1-|
E|--------------|-----------------|-1----------|------1-0--1---|

                                                  [Verse]
   +Q   Q  E E E E   Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  H      Q.   E Q  E E
G|-----------------|---------------|--------------|---------------|
D|-----------------|---------------|--------------|---------------|
A|-(1)-------------|-1-----------1-|-(1)----------|-1-----------1-|
E|-----------3-1---|------1-0--1---|--------------|------1-0--1---|


   +Q   Q  H      Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  H      E E E E E E E E
G|--------------|---------------|--------------|-----------------|
D|--------------|---------------|--------------|-1-0-------------|
A|-(1)----------|-1-----------1-|-(1)----------|-----3-1---------|
E|--------------|------1-0--1---|--------------|---------4---3-1-|

                                                 [Chorus]
   +E  E E E E E Q    Q.   E Q  E E   +W           E E E E E E E E
G|------------------|---------------|------------|-----------------|
D|-------------3----|---------------|------------|-----------------|
A|-------0-1-3---3--|-1-----------3-|-(3)--------|-----------3---3-|
E|-(1)-3------------|--------1--3---|------------|-4-3-1-3-4---4---|


   E E E E E E E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   E E E E E E E E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-6-5-3-----------|------3----------|------3----------|-----------------|
A|-------6-5-3---1-|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1--------|-----------------|
E|-------------4---|----------1--3---|----------1--3---|-4-4---4-3-3---1-|


   E E E E E E E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   Q  Q  E E Q
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------|
D|-----------------|------3----------|------3----------|--------------|
A|---------------1-|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1--------|--------------|
E|---1---1-1-1-----|----------1--3---|----------1--3---|-3-----3-3----|


   Q  E Q.   Q    Q  Q  E E Q    E E E E E E E E   Q  Q  H
G|--------------|--------------|-----------------|------------|
D|--------------|-1-----1-1----|-3-3-3-3-1-0-----|------------|
A|--------------|--------------|-------------3-1-|------------|
E|-5----5-------|--------------|-----------------|-1----------|

 [Guitar solo]
   Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  E E E E   Q.   E Q  E E   +Q   Q  H
G|---------------|-----------------|---------------|--------------|
D|---------------|-----------------|---------------|--------------|
A|-1-----------1-|-(1)-------------|-1-----------1-|-(1)----------|
E|------1-0--1---|-----------3-1---|------1-0--1---|--------------|

   E E E E E E E E   +E  E E E E E Q    Q.   E Q  E E   +W
G|-----------------|------------------|---------------|--------|
D|-1-0-------------|-------------3----|---------------|--------|
A|-----3-1---------|-------0-1-3---3--|-1-----------3-|-(3)----|
E|---------4---3-1-|-(1)-3------------|------3-1--3---|--------|

 [Chorus]
   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E E E E E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|------3----------|------3-----------|
A|-----------------|---------------1-|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1---------|
E|-4-4---4-3-3---1-|---1---1-1-1-----|----------1--3---|----------1---3---|


   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E Q  E E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|------3----------|------3----------|
A|-----------------|---------------1-|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1--------|
E|-4-4---4-3-3---1-|---1---1-1-1-----|----------1--3---|----------1--3---|


   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   +Q   E E Q  E E   +Q   E E Q  E E
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|------3----------|------3----------|
A|-----------------|---------------1-|-(1)----1------1-|-(1)----1--------|
E|-4-4---4-3-3---1-|---1---1-1-1-----|----------1--3---|----------1--3---|


   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E Q    Q  Q  E E Q    Q  E Q.   Q
G|-----------------|----------------|--------------|--------------|
D|-----------------|-6-5-3----------|--------------|--------------|
A|-----------3---3-|-------6-5-3----|--------------|--------------|
E|-4-3-1-3-4---4---|-------------6--|-3-----3-3----|-5----5-------|


   Q  Q  E E Q    E E E E E E E E   W
G|--------------|-----------------|------*|
D|-1-----1-1----|-----------1-----|------*|
A|--------------|-----0-1-3-------|------*|
E|--------------|-1-3---------4-3-|-1----*|



Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret
number it represents the duration for.  Duration letters with no fret
number below them represent rests.  Multi-bar rests are notated in the
form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low melody
durations appear below the staff

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:14:23 +0100
From: Paul Ferguson <tigerlight (at) ukf dot net>
Subject: TAB - supergirl, real by reel, dear god
Message-Id: <a8141aacfe2921a84a55c117c660d26a (at) ukf dot net>
Hi John, it's been many years since I posted on this site but I wanted
to share the fruits of a piece of software I downloaded called
Audacity, which allows one to do all sorts of effects such as slowing
down your favourite Dave Gregory solos to find out exactly how they are
played!

First up is the TAB for That's Really Super Supergirl. (I can just
about play this at half speed, no idea how Dave does it but then he is
superhuman!)
Then we have Real by Reel, which is only SLIGHTLY easier to play

And finally Dear God, which is arguably the easiest to play of the
three but to a ham fisted so and so like me the argument rages well on
into the night...

cheers

Paul Ferguson

Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 00:24:59 -0500
From: Tim <tnevak2 (at) gl dot umbc dot edu>
Message-ID: <34CD6FAB.913 (at) gl dot umbc dot edu>
Organization: Sonic Kinesia Recording
Subject: Solo tab for 'That's Really Super Supergirl"


Here is the tab for the solo in 'That's Really Super, Supergirl'

--

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XTC -- "That's Really Super, Supergirl" Guitar Solo
Transcribed by John McGann


           Bb
           ^       ^       ^       ^
e:------|----------------------------------|
B:--8---|-(8)--8-8-6-------------------8-8-|
G:------|--------------7---5-/-7-----------|
D:------|----------------------------------|
A:------|----------------------------------|
E:------|----------------------------------|



    ^       ^       ^       ^          ^       ^       ^       ^
e:----------------------------------|------------------------8-5---------|
B:-(8)8-8-8-6-------------------8---|-(8)8-8-8-6-----------8-------------|
G:--------------7---5-/-7-----------|--------------7---5-7---------10-12-|
D:----------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A:----------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E:----------------------------------|------------------------------------|



     Bb
     ^          ^           ^          ^
e:-----13-10------------15-12------------20-17----|
B:-------------------15---------------20-------18-|
G:-(12)--------12-14------------17-19-------------|
D:------------------------------------------------|
A:------------------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------------------------|



    Eb
    ^             ^         ^        ^
e:--------------------------------------------|
B:-16---16h16p15-13---------------13-----11---|
G:--------------------15---13-----------------|
D:--------------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------------|



     F7
     ^          ^           ^             ^
e:----------10-11-10------------------------------|
B:-(11)--13----------13-11-10h11p10------10-------|
G:----------------------------------12------------|
D:------------------------------------------------|
A:------------------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------------------------|



   Bb                                         C
   ^       ^       ^          ^               ^
e:----------------------------------------|----------||
B:-8---------------------------------13---|-(13~)----||
G:-7---------------7------10-12b(14)------|----------||
D:-7-----------7h8---9/12-----------------|----------||
A:----------------------------------------|----------||
E:----------------------------------------|----------||

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 1996 17:57:06 -0400
From: Kevin <KB305 (at) aol dot com>
Subject: one more time
Message-ID: <960723175703_244054811 (at) emout16 dot mail dot aol dot com>

That's Really Super, Supergirl

                 Bb6
I can't hold you down If you want to fly
                  Eb               Cm
Can't you see I'm all broke up inside
     Fsus              F7        Bb6         Faug
Well just you use your two X Ray eyes

               Bb6
Hurt like Kryptonite Put me on my knees
                    Eb                   Cm
Now that I've found out just what you're doing
Fsus             F7     Bb6             C
With your secret identities

              Ab6
That's really super Supergirl
Bb
How you saved yourself in seconds flat And your friends are going to say
              Ab6
That's really super Supergirl
Bb
How you're changing all the world's weather
But you couldn't put us back together
Now I feel like I'm tethered deep
  Cm9                   Bb/D
Inside your Fortress of Solitude
      Ebmaj7
Don't mean to be rude
                 F6   F
But I don't feel super
     Bb6
Supergirl

I won't call again Even in a jam
Now I realise you could be on a mission
Saving some other man

That's really super Supergirl
How you saved yourself in seconds flat
And your friends are going to say
That's really super Supergirl
How you stopped the universe from dying
But you're never going to stop me crying
And I feel like you're trying hard
To sweep me like dirt underneath your cape
Well I might be an ape
But I used to feel super
Supergirl

That's really super Supergirl
How you saved yourself in seconds flat
And your friends are going to say
That's really super Supergirl
How you're changing the world's weather
But you couldn't put us back together
Super Supergirl
How you stopped the universe from dying
But you're never going to stop me crying
Super Supergirl
I'm here in your Fortress of Solitude
Don't mean to be rude
But I don't feel super

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