Higher Ground

Album: Innervisions (1973)
Charted: 29 4
  • People keep on learnin'
    Soldiers keep on warrin'
    World keep on turnin'
    'Cause it won't be too long

    Powers keep on lyin'
    While your people keep on dyin'
    World keep on turnin'
    'Cause it won't be too long

    I'm so darn glad he let me try it again
    'Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
    I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
    Gonna keep on tryin'
    Till I reach my highest ground

    Teachers keep on teachin'
    Preachers keep on preachin'
    World keep on turnin'
    'Cause it won't be too long

    Oh no
    Lovers keep on lovin'
    Believers keep on believin'
    Sleepers just stop sleepin'
    'Cause it won't be too long

    Oh no
    I'm so glad that he let me try it again
    'Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
    I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
    Gonna keep on tryin'
    Till I reach my highest ground
    Whew!
    Till I reach my highest ground

    No one's gonna bring me down
    Oh no
    Till I reach my highest ground
    Don't let nobody bring you down (they'll sure 'nough try)
    God is gonna show you higher ground

Comments: 17

  • Les from UkFirstly Stevie's version is better than any cover. The song is about reincarnation as the lyrics clearly show.
  • Jules from OregonInnervisions is one of the greatest LPs of all time. Just listening to Golden Lady. If you haven't listened to the entire album, do yourself a service and do so.
  • Dave from Wheaton, IlI'd heard that the accident took away some, or all, of Stevie's sense of smell.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 12th 1973, "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #73; and on October 7th ,1973 it peaked at #4 {for 1 week} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100... And on September 23rd, 1973 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...His two preceding releases peaked at #1 on the Top 100; "Superstition" {for 1 week} and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" {for 1 week}...Mr. Wonder, born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, celebrated his 64th birthday three months ago on May 13th, 2014.
  • Neal from Grand Rapids, MiThis song was in an NBA tv commercial a number of years ago.
  • Brandon from Burbank, CaThe album Innervisions was the first of three-years-in-a-row Grammy awards for Stevie for Best Album of the Year and these are considered the Holy Trinity by Stevie fans...Innervisions...Fullfillingness' First Finale...Songs In The Key of Life.
    LOVE YOU STEVIE!!
  • Ron from Los Angeles, CaSorry....but Stevie version is the best.....PERIOD!!
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaWhat a great song! Stevie's funky, syncopated beat is unique to the world. And a lvoely, upbeat message! He made funk palatable to the vast white audience out there. More proof of his certified GENIUS.
  • Sean from Chicago, IlStevie did this at the Taste of Chicago in 2008. Man, I can't tell you how many asses that performance kicked!!!
  • Pete from Nowra, AustraliaLove this song , a real "allright , lets party" type song, a very talented guy , saw him on tele the other day , certainly has put on a lot of weight
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdMichael McDoanld covered this song for his third album If That's What It Takes but it got cut during recording sessions. It can be found on two Mike McDonald compliations. Michael McD 4ever!
  • Willy Mccoy from Seattle, WaStevie wrote this song, played all the instruments, and had it tracked in three
    hours. Electricladyland studio
  • Jeffrey from Paramaribo, South AmericaOk for the sake of clarity I don't if the comment by Spencer, Los Angeles, CA, was in reply to mine, but I'd just like to clear up this factual error about the song. The version by UB40 and by Stevie Wonder are totally different songs. I'll illustrate this by the lyrics: Stevie first verse and chorus:
    People keep on learnin'
    Soldiers keep on warrin'
    World keep on turnin'
    Cause it won't be too long
    Powers keep on lyin'
    While your people keep on dyin'
    World keep on turnin'
    Cause it won't be too long

    I'm so darn glad he let me try it again
    Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
    I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
    Gonna keep on tryin'
    Till I reach the highest ground

    By UB40:Moon and stars sit way up high
    Earth and trees beneath them lie
    The wind blows fragrant lullaby
    To cool the night for you and i
    On the wing the birds fly free
    Leviathan tames angry sea
    The flower waits for honeybee
    The sunrise wakes new life in me.

    (chorus)

    And every hour of every day Im learning more
    The more I learn, the less I know about before
    The less I know, the more I want to look around
    Digging deep for clues on higher ground...
    Now you tell me...
  • Spencer from Los Angeles, CaIt's the same lyrics, ergo, it's a cover.
  • Jeffrey from Paramaribo, South Americadear Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England. The song 'Higher Ground' by UB40 is a vastly different song than Stevie's version. It is not a cover.
  • Yen from Colorful, CoThe only thing better with the RHCP version is flea on bass guitar!
  • Ryan from Suffolk, Nyi prefer the red hot chili peppers cover version of this song off "Mothers Milk"
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