Superstition
Stevie Wonder Lyrics


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Very superstitious, writings on the wall
Very superstitious, ladder's '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, yeah

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

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

Whoa, hey, hoo

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, mhm

When you believe in things that you don't understand




Then you suffer
Superstition ain't the way, no, no, no

Overall Meaning

Stevie Wonder's song Superstition is all about the notion that people often create their own fears and anxieties by believing in superstitions. The track is built around a funky bass line and features lyrics that suggest that the singer is warning us against falling for superstitions, which can lead to unnecessary anxiety and misery. He warns us that if we believe in things we don't understand, we'll suffer- and he encourages us to abandon superstitions altogether.


The lyrics include references to common superstitions such as the fear of Friday the 13th and the belief that breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. "Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass, Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past," implies that the singer is referencing Friday the 13th (which can fall in the 13th month of the year) and suggesting that breaking a mirror should not dictate our fortunes. In the chorus, he repeats that superstition is not the way and encourages us to believe in things we can understand, rather than fear them.


Overall, "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder is a song that serves as a reminder that it's best to believe in things that are based in reality and evidence, rather than superstitions that can only bring about unnecessary stress and anxiety.


Line by Line Meaning

Very superstitious, writings on the wall
Believing in superstitions is like thinking something is true just because you read it somewhere, which can be misleading and harmful.


Very superstitious, ladder's 'bout to fall
Believing that something bad is going to happen just because of a superstition is irrational and unnecessary.


Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass
Superstitions about the number 13 or breaking mirrors causing bad luck shouldn't dictate your actions or beliefs.


Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past
Focusing too much on superstitions and bad luck can prevent you from appreciating the good things in your life.


When you believe in things that you don't understand Then you suffer Superstition ain't the way, yeah
Believing in superstitions without any basis of knowledge or understanding can lead to stress, anxiety and negative consequences. Therefore, superstition is not a reliable way of thinking or behaving.


Ooh, very superstitious, wash your face and hands Rid me of the problem, do all that you can Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin' strong You don't wanna save me, sad is my song
Trying to rid yourself of bad luck through superstitious rituals, which can be time-consuming and futile, can leave you feeling helpless and unmotivated.


Whoa, hey, hoo
Interlude


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, mhm
Believing too much in superstitions without any logical reasoning is like inviting negativity, which can give rise to fear, anxiety and paranoia.


When you believe in things that you don't understand Then you suffer Superstition ain't the way, no, no, no
Believing and acting upon irrational thoughts and superstitions can lead to unwanted negative outcomes, making it imperative to not give into such beliefs.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Stevie Wonder

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