Music Friday: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Golden Lady’ Is ‘All Joy,’ Writes ‘Billboard’ Magazine on the Song’s 40th Anniversary

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fabulous songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we present the legendary Stevie Wonder performing “Golden Lady” from his classic 1973 album, Innervisions.

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In a 2013 article celebrating the album’s 40th anniversary, Billboard described “Golden Lady” as a “song of all joy.” Stevie sweetly describes his golden lady as “a dream come true.” He sings, “And golden lady, golden lady / I’d like to go there / Golden lady, golden lady / I’d like to go there / Take me right away.”

Innervisions was a remarkable and monumental achievement on so many levels. Not only did the then-23-year-old Wonder write all the songs on the album, he’s also credited with singing the lead and background vocals, as well as playing nearly all the instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks. These include the piano, bass, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums and handclaps — a true one-man band.

The album went on to win a Grammy for “Album of the Year” and is considered by critics and fans alike as one of Wonder’s finest works. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Innervisions at #23 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Blind since shortly after his birth in 1950, Wonder was a musical prodigy and was signed to a recording contract as an 11-year-old by Motown CEO Berry Gordy. During his youth he performed as Little Stevie Wonder.

Over a career that has spanned six decades, Wonder has recorded more than 30 U.S. top 10 hits and earned 25 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. He has sold more than 100 million albums and singles worldwide and was ranked #5 on Billboard’s list of the “Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists.”

We know you will enjoy the video of Stevie Wonder singing “Golden Lady.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Golden Lady”
Written and performed by Stevie Wonder.

Looking in your eyes
Kind of heaven eyes
Closing both my eyes
Waiting for surprise

To see the heaven in your eyes is not so far
‘Cause I’m not afraid to try and go it
To know the love and the beauty never known before
I’ll leave it up to you to show it

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Take me right away

Looking at your hands
Hands can understand
Waiting for the chance
Just to hold your hand

A touch of rain and sunshine made the flower grow
Into a lovely smile that’s blooming
And it’s so clear to me that you’re a dream come true
There’s no way that I’ll be losing

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Take me right away

A touch of rain and sunshine made the flower grow
Into a lovely smile that’s blooming
And it’s so clear to me that you’re my dream come true
There is no way that I’ll be losing

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there

Image: Screen capture via YouTube

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