“AS” Stevie Wonder

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“As” is a song written and performed by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life. It reached #36 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Black Singles chart. The song gets its name from the first word of the song.

The song implies that the love the singer has for his partner will never diminish, as he says that he will love her until the physically impossible becomes true. The impossible feats include: rainbows burning the stars out in the sky, oceans covering the tops of every mountain, dolphins flying, and parrots living at sea, dreaming of life and life becoming a dream, day becoming night and vice versa, trees and the seas flying away, 8×8×8 equaling 4, this day becoming the last day, the Earth turning right to left, the Earth denying itself, Mother Nature saying her work is through, and “until the day that you are me and I am you.”

By the most straightforward interpretation of the lyrics, this is a lover serenading his beloved. By another possible interpretation, the lyrics describe endless unconditional love for the listener, sung on behalf of the Abrahamic god. In yet a third interpretation, the song expresses the lyricist’s own love for humanity. The verse that begins with “We all know sometimes life’s hates and troubles…” would seem to preclude the first interpretation, and the second interpretation would seem precluded by the lyric, “As today I know I’m living but tomorrow, Could make me the past but that I mustn’t fear”. Source

4 thoughts on ““AS” Stevie Wonder

  1. “Songs in the Key of Life” is unquestionably one of the greatest albums of all time, and I love this song.

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