He's Misstra Know-It-All

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"He's Misstra Know-It-All"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Innervisions
B-side "You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover "
Released April 1974
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Soul
Length 6:08 (full-length version)
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"
"He's Misstra Know-It-All'"
"You Haven't Done Nothin'"

"He's Misstra Know-It-All" is a UK hit single by Stevie Wonder for the Tamla (Motown) label, from his Innervisions album, which reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1974.[1] The song takes the form of a mellow ballad with a steady beat, principally a solo performance with Wonder providing lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps and congas. Ethereal flute-like sounds are provided by his TONTO modular synthesiser. Willie Weeks, on electric bass, is the only other musician. Towards the end of the song the mood changes, to a stronger feel, more strident singing and with hand-claps emphasising the beat, half-beat and quarter-beat.

The song was released again, in 1977, in both the UK and US, as the B-side to Sir Duke.

The song is essentially a long description of a know-it-all confidence trickster character who is a "man with a plan", who has a slick answer to all his critics and who has "a counterfeit dollar in his hand." It has been suggested that the song's subject was US President Richard Nixon, as was "You Haven't Done Nothin'" which was Wonder's next single.[citation needed]

Track list[edit]

A. He's Misstra Know-It-All – 6:08
B. You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover [2]


  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer, congas
  • Willie Weeks – electric bass


  • Danny Grant, from the album The Light Of Day
  • Moxy Früvous, from the album Fruvous Live
  • Heleen van den Hombergh, from the album Here, There & Everywhere
  • Eric Van Aro, from the album Friends
  • The Synthesizer Rock Orchestra, from the album Classic Trax of Stevie Wonder