Song Lyric Sunday: Binary – ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’

Jim offers us a simple choice for Song Lyric Sunday this week: yes or no.

The genius that is Stevie Wonder wrote a song in which almost every line begins with the word ‘No’. That should do it.

Just this last week, the hosts of the otherwise excellent quiz programme ‘Pointless’ ventured that this is Stevie Wonder’s worst song. I have two responses: (1) ‘Ebony & Ivory’ and (2) they probably didn’t spend extended periods working away from home when the telephone was the only means of communication.

No New Year’s Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring
No song to sing
In fact here’s just another ordinary day

No April rain
No flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart

No summer’s high
No warm July
No harvest moon to light one tender August night
No autumn breeze
No falling leaves
Not even time for birds to fly to southern skies

No Libra sun
No Halloween
No giving thanks to all the Christmas joy you bring
But what it is, though old so new
To fill your heart like no three words could ever do

I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care, I do
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart, of my heart,
of my heart

Written by Stevie Wonder

Song Lyric Sunday 18 October 2020

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