As (song)

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"As"
As Single.jpeg
French single cover
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Songs in the Key of Life
B-side "Contusion"
Released October 1977
Format 7 inch
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
Length 7:08 (Album version)
3:27 (Single edit)
Label Tamla
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Another Star"
(1977)
"As"
(1977)
"Pops We love You"
(1979)
"Another Star"
(1977)
"As"
(1977)
"Pops We love You"
(1979)
Songs in the Key of Life track listing
"If It's Magic"
(15)
"As"
(16)
"Another Star"
(17)

"As" is a song written and performed by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life. It reached #36 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Black Singles chart. The song implies that the love the singer has for the object of his love will never diminish, as he says that he will love until the physically impossible becomes true. The impossible feats include: rainbows burning the stars out in the sky, oceans covering the tops of every mountain, dolphins flying, and parrots living at sea, dreaming of life and life becoming a dream, day becoming night and vice versa, trees and the seas flying away, 8×8×8 equaling 4, this day becoming the last day, the Earth turning right to left, the Earth denying itself, Mother Nature saying her work is through, and "until the day that you are me and I am you."

One interpretation is that this is a lover singing to his mate. Another interpretation is the song is about the endless unconditional love the Judeo-Christian tradition God has for the listener and the singers part in that. A third interpretation is that it is about the singer's unconditional love for humanity. The verse that begins with "We all know sometimes life's hates and troubles..." would seem to preclude the first interpretation, and the second interpretation would seem precluded by the lyric, "As today I know I'm living but tomorrow, Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear ."

The song gets its name from the first word of the song, which is repeated many times throughout.

Covers[edit]

It was covered by pianist Gene Harris on his 1977 album Tone Tantrum, with 30 additional seconds.

Sister Sledge covered it and included it on their 1977 album Together.

It was also covered by violinist Jean-Luc Ponty on his 1982 album Mystical Adventures.

Smooth jazz saxophonist/flautist Najee covered the song for his Stevie Wonder tribute album Songs from the Key of Life.[1]

In 2000, singer Nichole Nordeman covered the song on her album This Mystery.

Dutch singer Esmée Denters covered the song for Billboard's Mashup Mondays series in 2011.

In 2011 the season 2 winners of vocal competition The Sing-Off, Committed, also covered this song on their self-titled debut album.

Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosious make cameos in the 2013 film The Best Man Holiday, in which the singers appear as themselves and perform the song as an R&B ballad at a main character's funeral.

The original Stevie Wonder version was featured in The Best Man Holiday's predecessor The Best Man in a more lighthearted scene.

In 2014 it was covered by American singer Camille for her Stevie Wonder tribute album I Sing Stevie: The Stevie Wonder Songbook, an album that received an Independent Music Awards nomination for Best Tribute Album.[2]

Two dance-oriented versions of the song, both with the title "As Always", have reached the UK Singles Chart Top 75: one in 1989 produced by Farley Jackmaster Funk with Ricky Dillard on vocals; another in 1992 by Secret Life.

George Michael and Mary J. Blige version[edit]

"As"
GeorgeMichaelMaryJBligeAsCDSingleCover.jpg
Single by George Michael and Mary J. Blige
from the album Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael and Mary
B-side "A Different Corner" (live at Parkinson)
Released January 12, 1999 (1999-01-12)
Format
Recorded 1998
Genre
Length 4:42
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Babyface
George Michael singles chronology
"Outside"
(1998) Outside1998
"As"
(1999) As1999
"If I Told You That"
(2000) If I Told You That2000
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Seven Days"
(1998) Seven Days1998
"As"
(1999) As1999
"All That I Can Say"
(1999) All That I Can Say1999

In 1999, George Michael and Mary J. Blige covered the song, and worldwide outside of the United States, it was the second single from George Michael's greatest hits album Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael. It became a top ten UK pop hit, reaching number four on the chart. It was not released on the US version of the greatest hits collection or as a single in the US; Michael cited Blige's record company president for pulling the track in America after Michael's arrest for committing a lewd act.[3] The video features Michael getting out of a car and entering a club where many doppelgängers of himself and Mary J. Blige are chilling out and having a drink. Towards the end of the video, most of the people are dancing on the dance floor.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD 1

  1. "As" – 4:42
  2. "A Different Corner" (live at Parkinson) – 4:28

UK CD 2

  1. "As" (original) – 4:42
  2. "As" (Full Crew Mix) – 5:39
  3. "As" (CJ Mackintosh Remix) - 6:06

US CD Promo

  1. "As" (Beyond Real Mix) – 7:18
  2. "As" (Jonathan Peters Remix) – 4:10
  3. "As" (Maurice's Millennium Mix) - 7:55

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[4] 45
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart[4] 42
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[4] 34
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 7
French Singles Chart[4] 27
German Singles Chart[6] 38
Irish Singles Chart[7] 12
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 21
Spanish Singles Chart[8] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 27
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 22
UK Singles Chart[9] 4
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 57

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songs from the Key of Life overview". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "14th Annual Independent Music Awards: Tribute Album". independentmusicawards.com. Music Resource Group LLC. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Devenish, Colin (November 5, 1998). "George Michael’s Video Tackles Lewd Conduct Arrest". MTV. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. "Top 40-lijst van week 14, 1999". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts". musicline.de. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  8. ^ "LISTAS DE AFYVE: 1999 Singles". Afyvecharts.blogspot.com. 2004-02-27. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  9. ^ "George Michael | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Theofficialcharts.com. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  10. ^ "As - Mary J. Blige". Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012.