Sunday Song: Stevie Wonder, “I Wish”

I was thinking to myself how utterly full of life this song is, so I wasn’t surprised to note that it’s from the album Songs in the Key of Life (great name for a blog, that).

Below are lyrics since they’re not really clear in this song.

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYKYka-PNt0]

Looking back on when I
was a little nappy-headed boy
then my only worry
was for Christmas what would be my toy
even though we sometimes
would not get a thing
we were happy with the
joy the day would bring

sneaking out the back door
to hang out with those hoodlum friends of mine
greeted at the back door
with “boy, thought I told you not to go outside”
tryin’ your best to bring the
water to your eyes
thinkin’ it might stop her
from whoopin’ your behind

I wish those days could come back once more
why did those days ever have to go
I wish those days could come back once more
why did those days ever have to go
cause I love them so

Brother says he’s tellin’
’bout you playin’ doctor with that girl
just don’t tell and I’ll give you
anything you want in this whole wide world
Mama gives you money for Sunday school
you trade yours for candy after church is through

smokin’ cigarettes and writing something nasty on the wall (you nasty boy)
teacher sends you to the principal’s office down the hall
you grow up and learn that kinda thing ain’t right
but while you were doin’ it it sure felt outta sight

I wish those days could come back once more
why did those days ever have to go
I wish those days could come back once more
why did those days ever have to go

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