Love’s In Need of Love Today.

I picked up a copy of Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life when it first came out. I think I was eight. It might have been the first album that I bought. It certainly was my first double album.. It had a cool lyric album and a 45 in it with four extra cuts.

Although I grew up mostly on the Beatles and Dylan, Stevie for me has always been right up there with Lennon as a spokesperson for the peace and justice movement.

On the heels of three of his best and most personal albums, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fullfillingness’ First Finale, Songs in the Key of Life was released on September 28th, 1976. ‘Songs‘ won the Grammy that year, but look who else was nominated: Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive, Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees, George Bensons’ Breezin, Chicago’s Chicago X.

Look at the quality of those nominees by the way. I know that Herbie “The Love Bug” Hancock won in 2008, but I doubt that so much Jazz or Blues has been nominated in best album category since.

I know every word to this album by heart, including the African and Spanish lyrics in Ngiculela (Es un Historia). It is hard to pick a favorite but As could be. Love’s in Need of Love Today is the opening song from the album. It plays and feel like a beautiful hymnal to the need to care and fight for Love. Stevie in all his poetic brilliance reminds us that even Love needs love. Love itself is in jeopardy. The concept and feeling of Love itself is in need of our healing energy.

I hope President Obama is still listening to Stevie. Listening to his music and believing in his message of justice, peace and Love. I hope we all are.

Good morn or evening friends
Here’s your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on to every-body
What I’m about to say
Could mean the world’s disaster
Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain

It’s that
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Send yours in right away
Hate’s goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
Stop it please
Before it’s gone too far

The force of evil plans
To make you it’s possession
And it will if we let it
Destroy ev-er-y-body
We all must take
Precautionary measures
If love and please you treasure
Then you’ll hear me when I say

Oh that
Love’s in need of love today
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Don’t delay
Send yours in right away
Right a-way
Hate’s goin’ round
Hate’s goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
Break-ing hearts
Stop it please
Stop it please
Before it’s gone too far
Gone too far

People you know that
Love’s in need of love today
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Don’t de-lay

Send yours in right away
Right a-way
You know that hate’s
Hate’s
Hate’s goin’ round
Goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
Break-ing hearts
Stop stop it please
Before it’s gone too far
Gone too far

It’s up to you cause
Love’s in need of love today
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Don’t de-lay
Send yours in right away
Right a-way
You know that hate’s
Hate’s
Hate’s goin’ round
Goin’ round
Breaking-hate’s tried to break my heart many times
Break-ing hearts
Don’t-you’ve got to stop it please
Stop it please
Before before before
Gone too far

Love’s in need of love love today
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Don’t de-lay
Send yours in right away
Right a-way
You know that hate’s going around
Hate’s goin’
Hate’s going around hate’s going around
Round break-
And it tried to break up many hearts
Ing hearts Stop
You’ve got to I’ve got to They’ve got to
It please
We’ve got to They’ve got to We’ve got to
Gone
Stop it before it’s gone too far
Too far
Love’s love’s in need of love
Love’s in need of love
Did you ever think that love would be in need of love today
To-day don’t
Don’t delay
De-lay
Send yours right away
Right a-way

Hate’s hate’s
Hate’s goin’ round
Bring it down a little love is very peaceful
So bring it down a little
Stop it please
Gone too far
Love’s in need
Of love today
Don’t delay
Right away awaaaay
Love’s in need
Of love today
Don’t delay
Right away awaaaay
Hate’s goin round
Breaking hearts
Well, please stop it
Um L-O-V-E love Oh, L-O-V-E lo———ve
Love’s in need
Of love today
Don’t delay
Right away
Just give the world LOVE.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TomCat
    Nov 26, 2009 @ 18:24:02

    Hi Jason. Thanks for your visit and comment at Politics Plus. I added you to the blog roll.

    On topic, great music. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Reply

  2. tomdegan
    Dec 04, 2009 @ 18:59:24

    Jason,

    I was just listening to “Songs” last night. It truly was one of the great LPs of the seventies. I wore out two copies of it! Thanks for reminding us of the artistry of Stevie Wonder.

    Cheers!

    Tom Degan

    Reply

    • jasondylan
      Dec 05, 2009 @ 04:59:17

      Tom,

      You bet! As. Sir Duke. Love’s in Need. Another Star. I Wish. Village Ghetto Land.
      Stevie’s Golden Era. Just the epitome of spiritual, cultural and political depth at that time.

      many blessings,

      Jason

      Reply

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