Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Stevie Wonder – As (1976)

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319 – Stevie Wonder – As (1976)
Written by Stevie Wonder
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Label – Tamla

Not only is this an exceptional song, from a magnificent double album, but it’s the lyrics of dedication and devotion that strike a chord to anyone who feels the bond of love. Mere humans can’t convey these feelings in simple vocabulary. Only Stevie can, and that’s why he’s not just a musical genius, but a wordsmith of incredible skill.

As around the sun the earth knows she’s revolving
And the rose buds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows love’s the cure you can rest your mind assure
That I’ll be loving you always

As now can’t reveal the mystery of tomorrow
But in passing we’ll grow older every day
Just as all that’s born is new you know what I say is true
That I’ll be loving you always

Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky, always
Until the ocean covers every mountain high, always
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea, always
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

Did you know true love asks for nothing
And acceptance is the way we pay?
Did you know life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day?

Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame know through all your joy and pain
That I’ll be loving you always

Until the day is night and night becomes the day, always
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away, always
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4, always
Until the day that is the day that are no more

As today I know I’m living, but tomorrow
Could make me the past, but that I mustn’t fear
For I know deep in my mind the love of me I’ve left behind
‘Cause I’ll be loving you always

Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky, always
Until the ocean covers every mountain high, always
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea, always
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream

We all know sometimes life’s hates and troubles
Can make you wish you were born in another time and space
But you can bet your life times that and twice its double
That God knew right where He wanted you to be placed

Until the day is night and night becomes the day, always
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away, always
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4, always
Until the day that is the day that are no more.

See also …

Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972): Review

Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974): Review

500 Greatest Songs: Stevie Wonder – Living For The City (1973)

500 Greatest Songs: Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground

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