Song of the Day #4,813: ‘Boogie On Reggae Woman’ – Stevie Wonder

1974 was a great year for releases by musical legends, as my previous six Decades posts have shown. Imagine getting albums from Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Randy Newman and David Bowie all in the same year. Now add Stevie Wonder to that mix, and know I still have eight more posts to go. What a time that must have been for music fans!

Wonder’s 1974 release was Fulfillingness’ First Finale, his 17th studio album. This one won the Best Album Grammy the following year, one of three times Wonder won that award (he won all three in a four-year span, becoming the only artist in history to win Best Album for three consecutive releases).

This is my least favorite of those three albums, though that says more about the greatness of the other two (Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life) than about Fulfillingness’ First Finale.

This album is relatively modest, running just ten tracks and 42 minutes. Of course, there’s nothing modest about Wonder’s musical virtuosity, as he plays nearly every instrument on each of those tracks.

The best-known song on the album is ‘They Won’t Go When I Go,’ which enjoyed a resurgence when George Michael covered it on his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. Wonder did score a #1 hit with ‘You Haven’t Done Nothin’,’ a track aimed at Richard Nixon that featured backing vocals by the Jackson 5.

Today’s song, ‘Boogie on Reggae Woman,’ also charted, and features some nifty harmonica work.

If you’re a fan of Stevie Wonder, I heartily recommend watching the Hulu documentary Summer of Soul, directed by Questlove. It is a rousing look at a pivotal time in musical, cultural and political history and features great performances by Wonder and a host of other artists.

[Verse 1]
I like to see you boogie
Right across the floor
I like to do it to you
‘Til you holler for more
I like to reggae
But you dance too fast for me
I’d like to make love to you
So you can make me scream

[Chorus]
So boogie on reggae woman
What is wrong with me?
Boogie on reggae woman
Baby, can’t you see?

[Verse 2]
I’d like to see both of us
Fall deeply in love
I’d like to see you
Under the stars above — yes, I would
I’d like to see both of us
Fall deeply in love, yeah
I’d like to see you in the raw
Under the stars above

[Chorus]
So boogie on reggae woman
What is wrong with you?
Boogie on reggae woman
What you tryin’ to do?

[Harmonica solo]
Can I play?
Can I play?
Ow!

[Chorus]
Boogie on reggae woman
What is wrong with you?
Boogie on reggae woman
What you tryin’ to do? Yeah
Boogie on reggae woman
Let me do it to you
Boogie on reggae woman
What you tryin’ to do?

[Outro: Harmonica solo]

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,813: ‘Boogie On Reggae Woman’ – Stevie Wonder

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    While I certainly have heard of Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life, I was unaware of this album. Indeed, I don’t recall ever hearing “You Haven’t Done Nothin” and I was introduced to “They Won’t Go Where I Go” through the George Michael cover.

    Anyway, I do second your endorsement of Summer of Soul, which is a great historical and musical documentary featuring artists at or near their zenith.

  2. Peg says:

    I also recommend Summer of Soul for all the above reasons.

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