"Superstition" as written by and Stevie Wonder....
Very superstitious, writings on the wall
Very superstitious, ladders bout' to fall
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don't understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain't the way

Very superstitious, wash your face and hands
Rid me of the problems, do all that you can
Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin' strong
You don't want to save me, sad is my song

When you believe in things you don't understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain't the way, yeh, yeh

Very superstitious, nothin' more to say
Very superstitious, the devil's on his way
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass
Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past

When you believe in things that you don't understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain't the way, no, no, no


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"Superstition" as written by Stevie Wonder

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI don't think this solely deals with drugs so much as it has to do with people letting stuff like certain religious & traditional beliefs effect them to the point of not living a full life. Thus, you have the "when you believe in things that you don't understand" line...reminds me of those people who believe whatever their priests tell them but they have never read the bible.
    cypher50on July 12, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentTo me this song means I will shortly get my ass out of the chair and shake it! This song is awesome!
    dillanon March 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about putting more value in things which can be proven then in some guy that probably molests children talking about an invisible narcissist. It advocates learning, because if you don't know what's going on around you, if you don't know what you're talking about, you will suffer.

    WOO SCIENCE.

    But mostly, yeah, it's about Mr. Wonder being AMAZINGLY talented.
    astounding chairon February 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that this song probabally is some sort of commentary on the urban atmosphere of the early 70's. It seems to me Stevie found a very catchy-non threatening way to discuss the mistrust of authority and the feeling of pending doom from outside and inside influences (devils on his way). The true genius of this song is that we all danced to it carefree while he was speaking of socially relevant issues.
    twinsluvveron December 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCan't remember who told me this because I don't think I imagined it, but I do believe this song was inspired by cultures in the world that turn their backs away from modern medicine and scientific method and continue to "believe in things that (you, him, it, we, they, etc.) don't understand (which I think is Stevie's definition of 'superstition')" and therefore "suffer" from, example, disease and sickness (that is curable with modern medicine) or, more importantly, fear (which causes us to suffer and except NO change)... "You don't want to save me"... Therefore, "...sad is MY (Stevie's and whoever else has felt like this...) song." ("Hey, hey, hey...!!!)
    Musichoundon January 21, 2015   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationYou may laugh all you wish about this, as a small child my sister convinced me that it said a thirteen month old baby broke his lookin glass, now seven years of bad luck and poopin in your pants!"
    It was easy to confuse a small child then, I have grown and learned much about music and life!

    The core of the meaning behind Stevie's song is that ANY superstitions including religion, political party dogma, OCD behavior practices, ETC are just a slow you down and turn you around piece of wasted time that you shall never get back. Much of the basis was about all of the stupid racial beliefs and political practices used at the time to suppress as much of the liberal masses as possible so as not to increase the rise against the establishments conservatism!
    Scotty
    scottyboydon January 07, 2018   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt isn't about drugs or religion. The song is about how being superstitious in life isn't worth it.

    "When you believe in things that you don't understand
    Then you suffer"
    If you don't believe in superstition then you won't suffer... as in avoiding an experience or adventure because a superstition says not to.


    "Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin' strong
    You don't wanna save me, sad is my song"
    If you believe in superstition, it will cross your mind when you encounter something considered superstitious. Superstition is sad, never happy.


    I could be totally off and ASigIAm213 had it right all along. Remember, superstition ain't the way... :-)
    D_Caton December 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentezk et al have it right: stevie just wants to say that believing in shit like walking under a ladder or a black cat is stupid.
    blueshirt12on August 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHi Gang, first post here. Great site!

    This is a song about superstition. Two of them used to be popular:

    1. If you break a mirror, you'll have seven years of bad luck.

    2. If you break a mirror, you'll have "13 months of maybes" (uncertainty) in your life.

    Listen closely and you'll hear it's not "13-month old baby". This line is frequently misquoted, mainly because not many are still around who're old enough to remember this particular superstition. It dates back to at least the late 1800's and is probably older.
    Rigel11on October 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust wanted to share this...soul music artist and producer Raphael Saadiq (from Tony! Toni! Tone!) was an in-studio guest on the Current in Minneapolis on Friday, March 13th. He was playing a show that night and the host (Mark Wheat) asked him if he was nervous about playing a show on Friday the 13th. Raphael replied that Stevie Wonder had taught him not to be superstitious. He then said, "You'd have a hard time being superstitious with all the black cats in my neighjborhood." LOL!
    Candlemason March 26, 2009   Link

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