You Haven't Done Nothin'

Album: Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974)
Charted: 30 1
Play Video
  • We are amazed but not amused
    By all the things you say that you'll do
    Though much concerned but not involved
    With decisions that are made by you

    But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
    Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
    'Cause if you really want to hear our views
    You haven't done nothing

    It's not too cool to be ridiculed
    But you brought this upon yourself
    The world is tired of pacifiers
    We want the truth and nothing else, yeah

    And we are sick and tired of hearing your song
    Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
    'Cause if you really want to hear our views
    You haven't done nothing

    Jackson 5 join along with me say doo doo wop
    Hey hey hey, doo doo wop
    Wow wow wow, doo doo wop
    Hm hm hm, doo doo wop
    Co co co, doo doo wop
    Bum bum bum, doo doo wop

    We would not care to wake up to the nightmare
    That's becoming real life
    But when mislead, who knows a person's mind
    Can turn as cold as ice un hum

    Why do you keep on making us hear your song
    Telling us how you are changing right from wrong
    'Cause if you really want to hear our views
    You haven't done nothing
    Yeah, na, na, nothing

    Jackson 5 sing along again say doo doo wop
    Hey hey hey, doo doo wop
    Oh, doo doo wop
    Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
    Sing it, baby, doo doo wop
    Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
    Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
    Hm-mm, sing it loud now, for your people, sing doo doo wop
    Bum bum bum, doo doo wop, better come and say doo doo wop
    Co co co, doo doo wop
    Oh, doo doo wop
    Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
    Doo doo wop
    Doo doo wop
    Doo doo wop
    Doo doo wop
    Doo doo wop

Comments: 7

  • Dick Tater from Us Of ABad grammar?? It’s called poetic license. Stevie knows a double negative better than you.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 28th 1974, "You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #93; and on October 27th, 1974 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 7 of those 19 weeks it was on the Top 10}...And on September 22nd, 1974 it reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...Was the first of four straight #1 records by Mr. Wonder on the R&B Singles chart; the other three were "Boogie On Reggae Woman", "I Wish", and "Sir Duke"...Mr. Wonder, born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, celebrated his 64th birthday two months ago on May 13th, 2014.
  • Beth from Georgetown, InStevie Wonder; Paul McCartney; John Lennon; George Harrison: musical geniuses!
  • Brandon from Burbank, Ca..."Jackson 5 join along wit' me say...doo doo wop".
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaYeah, just another white boy swept up by the music that seems to pump through Stevie's veins. Love these bitter lyrics on this one! It's unusual for Stevie to be so pointed and angry in his lyrics--he usually sings of love. Also, I never understood the lyrics introducing the first "doo doo wop" chorus till I saw them on this site. Turns out Jackson Five sang on this song! We'll miss the spectacle, Michael!
  • John from Nashville, TnAn early example of the use of a drum machine can be found on this recording.
  • Toby from Milton, WaGrew up on Stevie. Just a white suburban teen who had the good fortune of receiving 'talking book' for a b-day present. I wore that album out and it is ingrained in my dna now. Just heard this song today and was grooving to it. I had thought that Stevie says, 'I would not care to wake up to..the nightmare that they call My Lai'

    The next two lines seemed to concur. I read the lyrics now and stand corrected. But really, it could go either way, don't you think.

    I love you Steveland, how can I help? Just name it, brother.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Chris Squire of Yes

Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews

One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.

Adele

AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Pete Anderson

Pete AndersonSongwriter Interviews

Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison.

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")Song Writing

Wes Edwards takes us behind the scenes of videos he shot for Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Chase Bryant. The train was real - the airplane was not.

Dan Reed

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Hawksley Workman

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.