Here, my friends, is a beautiful song! It's called "As," and it debuted on the blockbuster album, Songs in the Key of Life in 1976.

Gotta tell you, this song brings back all sorts of memories. I was on my own for the first time in my life. I was living on a college campus, saddled with the ominous role of Resident Assistance (which meant I was responsible for twenty other girls ages 18 to 22 when I could barely take care of myself), and I was pondering what I would become in life.

Songs in the Key of Life was a phenomenon, and "As" played a big part in helping it to be just that. The album and its amazing songs debuted with a bang and went on to become one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of Stevie Wonder's career--which, by the way, is still going strong. Nearly 30 years after its debut (2005) it earned 57th place on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

And now, without further ado, is the incomparable Stevie Wonder singing "As."


From the Album: Songs in the Key of Life, 1976
Single Released October, 1977
Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

As around the sun the earth knows she's revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early may
Just as hate knows love's the cure
You can rest your mind assure
That I'll be loving you always

As now can't reveal the mystery of tomorrow
But in passing will grow older every day
Just as all that's born is new
You know what I say is true
That I'll be loving you always

(Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky)
(Until the ocean covers every mountain high)
(Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea)
(Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream)

Did you know that true love asks for nothing
No no her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day

Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame
Know through all your joy and pain
That I'll be loving you always

As today I know I'm living
But tomorrow could make me the past
But that I mustn't fear
For I'll know deep in my mind
The love of me I've left behind
'Cause I'll be loving you always

(Until the day is night and night becomes the day)
(Until the trees and seas just up and fly away)
(Until the day that eight times eight times eight is four)
(Until the day that is the day that are no more)
Did you know you're loved by somebody
(Until the day the earth starts turnin' right to left)
(Until the earth just for the sun denies itself)
I'll be lovin' you forever
(Until dear mother nature says her work is through)
(Until the day that you are me and I am you)
(Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky
Until the ocean severs every mountain high)
Always mm mm

We all know sometimes life hates and troubles
Can make you wish you were born in another time and space
But you can bet your lifetimes that and twice it's double
That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed
So make sure when you say you're in it, but not of it
You're not helpin' to make this earth
A place sometimes called hell
Change your words into truths
And then change that truth into love
And maybe our children's grandchildren
And their great grandchildren will tell
I'll be loving you until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky

Originally uploaded by 2003sussu on July, 2009


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