It was one nation under a groove at
Classic soul, R&B, funk, disco and Motown provided the soundtrack for the president's post-reelection bash, as throngs of
And when the commander in chief mounted the stage with the First Family in tow, he did it to the ebullient, jangly opening chords of
The upbeat, gospel-tinged pop-R&B tune, about the blessings of receiving a second chance, was a fitting choice as a sonic backdrop for Obama's reelection night frenzy. It's a secular hymn about the redemptive joys of rising above one's previous mistakes -- a suitable sentiment for a lover pleading for a fresh start, or a politician seeking a reboot from the U.S. electorate.
In it, the singer plays the part of a repentant lover expressing remorse for his past misdeeds, as well as his hopes of being admitted back into his beloved's embrace.
It begins with a confession and a flicker of doubt, which Wonder delivers with his customary earnest clarity:
Like a fool I went and stayed too long/Now I'm wondering if your love's still strong
After the chorus, he admits:
I've done a lot of foolish things that I really didn't mean.
As the song builds emotionally and musically, contrition gives way to ecstatic relief, as the singer pledges his eternal devotion to his lover:
Here I am baby, signed, sealed, delivered -- I'm yours
As if overcome with joy, Wonder's voice erupts in
The president has called the Wonder his "musical hero," and Wonder performed the same tune at the
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