"Super Girl" was written by Gin Blossoms singer/guitarist Jesse Valenzuela, who told Songfacts
: "There's some songs I'm very attached to, and some songs it's sort of a business." And this song is an example of one the songwriter feels is special for him. He explains, "I got to a really nice groove, and I got the band to groove in a way they've never played before together. I mean, individually everybody's gone on to do lots of different things in different fashions. But for us it's always been about really sort of fast up-tempos and stuff. And so I brought the pocket down, and I think I got somewhere between a good lyric and a nice melody."
The lyric itself, he says, "is about someone being passed by. Someone being passed over. Someone who's just mis-lived their life a little bit and gone on to see someone else do very, very well, and not be envious, or more sorrowful that the guy wasn't able to keep up with somebody."
"And love from afar," he adds. "Still loving someone."