Song of the Day #3,159: ‘Love Having You Around’ – Stevie Wonder

stevie_wonder‘Love having You Around’ is the opening track of Stevie Wonder’s 1972 album Music of My Mind, the first Motown album on which he had full creative control. The record marked Wonder’s first extensive use of synthesizers.

As he would on most of his records, Wonder contributed almost every sound on Music On My Mind. On this track, for example, only the trombone work of Art Baron didn’t come from Wonder himself.

Wonder released Music of My Mind when he was 22 years old. It was his 14th studio album. Over the next four years, he released Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life. It’s really hard to wrap your head around his musical accomplishments, especially when you consider that he was paving new ground with every new record.

[Intro]
Please
Mama, mama, mama
Mama, mama, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Mama, mama, mama
Baby, baby, baby

[Verse 1]
Listen Baby
Every day I want to fly my kite [x2]
And every day I want to get on my camel and ride
Oo yea
Every day I want to shake your hand, yea, yea, yea
For in the world making me a better man
And every day I want to get on my camel and ride
(On my camel ride, on my camel)
Oo Baby

[Chorus 1]
And when the day is through
Nothin’ to do, sit around groovin’ with you
And I say it cause I love having you around [x2]

[Verse 2]
Everyday I want to be your friend, (be your friend)
Cause you have stuck with me through thick and thin
An’ every day I want a smile in your lovely brown eyes
(smile at your lovely brown eyes)
Every day I’m going to give my share
Cause I know your going to take me there, (hey, hey)
An’ every day I want to get on my camel an’ ride, Oo
(get on my camel)

[Chorus 1]

And in the end I know you’ll be with me
Cause you made my soul so free, (so everyday)
An’ every day I wanna get on my camel and ride, yea
(on my camel)

[Chorus 1]

[Bridge]
And I say it cause I love having you around [x8]
An’ I say it, (say it, say it, say it, Baby, baby baby) [x2]
An’ I say it, cause I love (say it, say it, again)

[Chorus 2]
Having you around (say it, say it, just say it, say it, baby)
An’ I say it, cause I love (say it, an’ I keep saying it)

[Chorus 1]

[Chorus 2]

[Interlude]
The preceding has been put here on tape, to let
You all know that I say it to her because I love her
Can you dig it? Can you get to that? Even when she’s messing around
He likes having her around even when she’s messing around
Which is very often, that’ what she’s doing, the motion
When she’s messing around

[Outro]
Ma get M A
Trust in SU
An ellu
M A too
S M A

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,159: ‘Love Having You Around’ – Stevie Wonder

  1. Dana says:

    Such an amazing artist!

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