She's a real emotional girl
She wears her heart on her sleeve
Every little thing you tell her
She'll believe
She really will
She even cries in her sleep
I've heard her
Many times before
I never had a girl who loved me
Half as much as this girl loves me
She's real emotional

For eighteen years she lived at home
She was Daddy's little girl
And Daddy helped her move out on her own
She met a boy
He broke her heart
And now she lives alone
And she's very, very careful
Yes, she is

She's a real emotional girl
Lives down deep inside herself
She turns on easy
It's like a hurricane
You would not believe it
You gotta hold on tight to her
She's a real emotional girl

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Real Emotional Girl Lyrics as written by Randy Newman

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +2
    General Comment

    Newman has said that what he wanted us to take away was that the narrator is not such a good guy. He's betraying this girl all over again, telling a friend things that are not his to tell. But most people hear it "straight," as a very loving song.

    TokedDingoon November 07, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Totally agree. Randy wouldn't necessarily write a song like this without something lurking under the surface. When women sing it, it kind of loses that sleezy undercurrent. However, as sung by Randy, the character is telling his friend (or someone) about this emotionally damaged girl who he is taking advantage of for sex. One should hear the narrator and wonder why he is boasting to his listener about this. Sure, the song can be played totally straight, but it is much more effective with the second layer lurking beneath.

    Beanman80on April 18, 2017   Link
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    General Comment

    what a hauntingly beautiful song. something lots of girls, especially teenagers, should relate to quite well... and those who love them.

    randy is a genius

    pikachu1559on December 10, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    I heard from a fairly reliable source that this song is actually about a boy who skips school all the time. Still trying to make that fit but it amuses me that a song could be so badly misinterpreted.

    smeloiseon May 17, 2008   Link

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