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 single by Stevie Wonder for the Tamla (Motown) label, from his Innervisions album, which reached number 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 alleged that this is a reference to Richard Nixon.[2]

Track list[edit]

A. "He's Misstra Know-It-All" – 6:08 (Stevie Wonder)
B. "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover" (Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy)[3]



  • 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