I haven’t even begun to consider exactly where this one sits on the continuum of my all-time favorite Squarepusher songs, partly because this process of writing about them has caused me to listen to everything with brand new ears, but it’s definitely near the top of the list. Of all the tracks on his newest album, Just a Souvenir, this one stopped me cold, and only “Star Time 2″ has anywhere near the number of listens as “A Real Woman.”

I can think of very few three minute songs that leave me as breathless at the end, but this track just gallops so quickly it feels like it’s over before it even begins, which of course has me reaching for the back button to play it again. More than a few people on Last.fm thought it was a Ramones cover, given its brevity, blistering pace, and relatively basic opening sequence, but it’s far much more than that.

Though I am an unabashed fanatic for anything with a vocoder in it, I have never heard anything as lush and luxurious. I can’t get enough of the lyrics either, at least the ones I have been able to decipher. How can you go wrong with lines like these?

you are a member of society
you are a member of reality

do you think it’s time that you are called upon
do you think it’s time that you are seen to be you

you are real
you exist
you are sane
you’re alive
you are here
you are fine
you are you
because you’re real

you think a lot about the world today
you think a lot about what to say
everything you say, it should be listened to
everything you say, well, it should be understood

you are real
you exist
you are sane
you’re alive
you are dreaming
you’re a person / you are present
you are happy
because you’re real

please show me what it’s like to be real
please show me what it’s like to be you
everything that is including me
that’s how it is in reality
everything that is including you
that’s how it is the galaxy

you have an edge of satisfaction
you have an air of satisfaction
i want you to tell me that it’s what i love
i want you to tell me that i’m significant

you are real
you have feelings
you’re important
you have feelings
you are perfect
you have feelings
you’re really real
you have feelings

you are real
you exist
you are sane
you’re alive
you’re impressive
you’re important
you’re smoking
because you’re real

Just listen to those brushed snares, they have a snap unlike any other, especially when rolled so tightly. Plus, those bass fills might be his stickiest yet, they’re just dripping with funk. I could rave on this song for hours, but perhaps it’s best to let the music speak for itself:

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Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Updated with my best guess at the full lyrics. Please fill in the gaps or correct me in the comments. Thanks to emberexi for the assist, even though I didn’t accept all of your changes you definitely helped fill in the gaps!

9 Responses

  1. On Nov 2, 08, emberexi said:

    do you think it's time that you are seen to be you?

    and the two missing lines:

    i want you to tell me that it's what i love
    i want you to tell me that i'm significant

  2. On Nov 2, 08, emberexi said:

    everything you say, it should be listened to.
    everything you say, well, it should be understood.

  3. On Nov 2, 08, emberexi said:

    do you think a lot about the world today?
    do you think a lot about what to say?

  4. On Nov 2, 08, emberexi said:

    oh, one more – instead of “you are perfect” i am hearing “you are worth it”

    great track. good for a few laughs too.

  5. On Nov 21, 08, lkjhg said:

    lovezrdtghjkn

  6. On Dec 1, 08, Y said:

    thank for lyrics, have been lookin for long time, there are some phrases that couldnt be understood.

  7. On Dec 1, 08, scott truitt said:

    I completely understand, Y. I looked and looked too, then finally figured
    them out on my own. Had a little help from emberexi to fill in the gaps.
    I still can't remember them tho — I have refer back to this post every time
    I listen to this song! =)

  8. On Mar 25, 09, Steve said:

    please show me what it’s like to be real
    please show me what it’s like to be you
    everything that is including me
    that’s how it is in reality
    everything that is including you
    that’s how it is in THE GALAXY

  9. On Mar 26, 09, scott truitt said:

    Many thanks, Steve!