" and "Sir Duke
" were the big hits from Songs In The Key Of Life
, but "As," released as the last single from the classic album, holds up as one of Wonder's greatest accomplishments.
Running 7:07, the first half finds Stevie relating his love to nature's wonders: just as the earth revolves around the sun and the rosebuds bloom in May, his love will endure. It's a statement of faith, knowing that love and nature are the works of God.
Midway through, Wonder changes his voice, going into the gravely growl of a preacher to make a call to action:Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love
And maybe our children's grandchildren and their great grandchildren will tell
The chorus then returns for a long and jubilant fadeout, "Hey Jude