Superstition- Stevie Wonder

March 19, 2022

The song of the day today is “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. This riff-soaked jam is just as funky as it is spooky.

Song Facts: 

  • Stevie Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Judkins, was born in 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. Wonder was not born blind, but he was born several weeks premature, which resulted in his total blindness.
  • At age 11, he was discovered by Ronnie White, a member of the Miracles. He auditioned for Barry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, and was given the stage name Stevie Wonder.
  • “Superstition” was written by Wonder for his 1972 album Talking Book. The song makes heavy use of the clavinet, synthesizer, and saxophone.
  • The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.
  • “Superstition” has made several appearances on Rolling Stone Magazine’s periodic list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Most recently, in 2021, it was ranked at number 12.
  • The song was featured in a 2013 Bud Light commercial during the Super Bowl.
  • In addition to the official record, Wonder recorded a studio version for Sesame Street in 1973. This version was included on the album Songs from the Street: 35 Years in Music.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Very superstitious,

Writing’s on the wall,

Very superstitious,

Ladders bout’ to fall,

Thirteen-month-old baby,

Broke the lookin’ glass

Seven years of bad luck,

The good things in your past

When you believe in things

That you don’t understand,

Then you suffer,

Superstition aint the way

Hey

Very superstitious,

Wash your face and hands,

Rid me of the problem,

Do all that you can,

Keep me in a daydream,

Keep me goin’ strong,

You don’t wanna save me,

Sad is the soul

When you believe in things

That you don’t understand,

Then you suffer,

Superstition ain’t the way,

Yeh, yeh

Very superstitious,

Nothin’ more to say,

Very superstitious,

The devil’s on his way,

Thirteen-month-old baby,

Broke the lookin’ glass,

Seven years of bad luck,

Good things in your past

When you believe in things

That you don’t understand,

Then you suffer,

Superstition ain’t the way,

No, no, no

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