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He's Misstra Know It All is not about Nixon
The last sentence of the first paragraph reads: The album's closer, "He's Misstra Know It All," is a scathing attack on then-US President Richard Nixon, similar to his song "You Haven't Done Nothin'".
I don't believe the song is about any politician, least of all Richard Nixon, since he is just about the opposite of the person described.
He's a man With a plan Got a counterfeit dollar in his hand
Playin' hard Talkin' fast Makin' sure that he won't be the last
Makes a deal With a smile Knowin' all the time that his lie's a mile
Must be seen There's no doubt He's the coolest one with the biggest mouth
If you tell him he's livin' fast He will say what do you know If you had my kind of cash You'd have more than one place to go
Any place He will play His only concern is how much you'll pay
If he shakes On a bet He's the kind of dude that won't pay his debt
When you say that he's livin wrong He'll tell you he knows he's livin' right And you'd be a stronger man If you took Misstra Know-lt-All's advice
I think the song is just about a slick dude from the 'hood. I think this sentence should be deleted.
Agreed. Tim Hughes dissertation [see article footnote 1], furthermore, does NOT connect "He's Misstra Know It All" directly to Nixon at all.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, 5/7/2010 —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 14:15, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
The 'counterfeit dollar in his hand' is purportedly a reference to Nixon's closing of the gold window and the move to purely fiat currency thereafter. The rest of the lyrics seem to fit within the general 'silent majority' rhetoric of the Nixon administration. Wonder acknowledged the connection at the time (he was pretty open about his distaste for tricky-dick), and while I can't find any direct quotes from Stevie himself, the connection is acknowledged in James Perone's book The Sounds of Stevie Wonder, including the fact that Stevie made no attempt to hide the songs meaning (http://books.google.com/books?id=HISHiLVxVnIC&pg=PA54&lpg=PA54&dq=misstra+know+it+all+nixon&source=bl&ots=nTJg5kohtQ&sig=qk2-zKbiwNIPMg63yotQIKOcgZ0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HKDNUuHfF4OhkQeS5IGgAg&ved=0CEwQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=misstra%20know%20it%20all%20nixon&f=false). I'm gong to put it back in. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 19:05, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
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If anyone is interested in improving the article, here are some useful sources and references
- Complete discography, including the several releases of Innervisions and singles
- Album info; personnel, charts, releases — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dan56 (talk • contribs) 12:16, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
Authors / composers
According to my vinyl copy of Innervisions (an original pressing from the mid-70's) and my CD reissue from 2008, "All tunes are written by STEVIE WONDER"). The reference to Paul Bollenback is incorrect, and has no supporting information either way. I'm editing it accordingly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 19:33, 15 May 2010 (UTC)
BBC Radio 4 documentary
Deals with Innervisions in part, and how Malcolm Cecil and Robert (Bob) Margouleff were squeezed out of their producing credits for the record. Online here  and available to 'Listen Again' for a week. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 13:54, 30 November 2010 (UTC)