“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder

Song of the Day

September 18, 2017

Written by Stevie Wonder
Produced by Stevie Wonder
Released on the album Songs in the Key of Life in September 1976

“Sir Duke” is a track from Stevie Wonder blockbuster double album, Songs in the Key of Life. The song itself was released as a single in 1977 and topped the pop charts in the US, while reaching #2 in the UK. A celebration of music, the song references several of Wonder’s influences with the title a tribute to jazz pianist Duke Ellington, who had passed away in 1974.

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This catchy, upbeat song features a mix of plenty of brass along with a modern funk/rock beat. Highlighting it all is the melodic, jubilant lead vocals, which sound just as fresh four decades on.

Listen to “Sir Duke”:

Song Lyrics

Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove don’t make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A, when the people start to move

They can feel it all over, they can feel it all over people
They can feel it all over, they can feel it all over people

Music knows it is and always will be one of the things that life just won’t quit
But here are some of music’s pioneers that time will not allow us to forget
For there’s Basie, Miller, Sachmo and the king of all, Sir Duke
And with a voice like Ella’s ringing out there’s no way the band can lose

You can feel it all over, you can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over, you can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over, you can feel it all over people
You can feel it all over, you can feel it all over people

I can feel it all over-all over now people
Can’t you feel it all over
Come on let’s feel it all over people
You can feel it all over
Everybody-all over people

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