Stevie Wonder foresees the Donald, years before he becomes POTUS


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In the latest of my ‘Songs and Politics’ series, read only by a small but beautifully-marked group, here’s the latest, based on my accidental hearing of a song on car radio and then using remarkable but odd, brain connectivity, it’s Steeevieeehhhh Wuunndderrrr!

Stevie Wonder Lyrics

“He’s Misstra Know-It-All”

He’s a man
With a plan
Got a counterfeit dollar in his hand
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Playin’ hard
Talkin’ fast
Makin’ sure that he won’t be the last
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Makes a deal
With a smile
Knowin’ all the time that his lie’s a mile
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Must be seen
There’s no doubt
He’s the coolest one with the biggest mouth
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

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 oh

Oou…oou…oou oou…oou…

Any place
He will play
His only concern is how much you’ll pay
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

If he shakes
On a bet
He’s the kind of dude that won’t pay his debt
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

When you say that he’s living wrong
He’ll tell you he knows he’s livin’ right
And you’d be a stronger man
if you took Misstra Know-It- All’s advice oh oh

Oou…oou…oou oou…oou…

He’s a man
With a plan
Got a counterfeit dollar in his hand
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Take my work
Please beware
Of a man that just don’t give a care no
He’s Misstra Know-It-All (Look out he’s coming)

Dum bum bum ba bum bum,
Dum bum bum ba bum bum
Bum bum bum bum bum Say
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Can this line
Take his hand
Take your hat off to the man who’s got the plan
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Every boy take your hand
To the man that’s got the plan
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Give a hand to the man
Don’t you know darn well he’s got the super plan
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Give a hand to the man
You know damn well he’s got the super plan
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

If we had less of him
Don’t you know we’d have a better land
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

So give a hand to the man
Although you’ve given out as much as you can
He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Check his sound out
He’ll tell it all
You talk too much you worry me to death
He’s Misstra Know-It-All




3 thoughts on “Stevie Wonder foresees the Donald, years before he becomes POTUS

  1. Ludo Thierry November 16, 2018 / 8:36 am

    The Wonder v The Donald – There’s only one winner in my book – and it ain’t the guy wi’ the bad hair. From memory (which is getting worse by the day) ‘Misstra Know It All’ was on the ‘Fulfillingness’ First Finale’ album (a very fine piece of Stevie’s oeuvre) – here’s hoping The Donald has his First and Final Finale pretty soon.

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  2. Ludo Thierry November 16, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    Hi John – One point to you readily conceded – it’s like taking sweeties from a baby when my memory is involved I’m afraid! – I will say that both ‘Innervisions’ and ‘Fulfillingness First Finale’ are great albums by Stevie Wonder. I think ‘Innervisions’ was maybe the final album before the life-changing RTA and ‘Fulfillingness’ the first album following it (but now my memory is going into meltdown).

    Noticed that a gent named Steve Barclay is the new Westminster tory brexit minister. I saw in his info that he was previously a director of Barclay’s Bank. Do you think he just happens to share the surname with the bank or might he be one of the dynasty? – Genuine question – I have no idea. His role, apparently, was as head of anti-money laundering and sanctions. (This is beyond parody I’m afraid).

    Snippets (mixed) and link below regarding this gent’s history. I’m not sure that ‘safe pair of hands ‘ is a phrase that would pop into one’s mind on a wee bit of reflection?

    What is Steve Barclay’s background?

    Mr Barclay – a former director at Barclays Bank – has also held the posts of City minister and a whip at the Treasury (and the Scotland Office, interestingly).

    Prior to being an MP, Steve was an insurance company lawyer, a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays Retail Bank

    An “elephant deal” executed three years ago has cost Barclays £72m in penalties after the City regulator concluded that the bank ran the risk of being used to launder money or finance terrorism.

    To be classified internally as an “elephant”, a deal has to be worth £20m or more. This one was worth almost £1.9bn – so large that it aroused the interest of the Financial Conduct Authority.

    It was the largest deal of its kind that Barclays’ wealth management operation had executed, and the names of the clients – so-called politically exposed persons (PEPs) – were so sensitive they were kept confidential, even inside the bank. Barclays stood to make a £50m profit on handling the cash.

    The FCA found that instead of conducting a thorough check on the clients, Barclays relaxed its assessments, breaching its own controls. As result the fine is the largest imposed for financial crime failings.

    It is the seventh penalty imposed on Barclays since 2009, bringing its penalty bill from the FCA and its predecessor, the Financial Services Authority, to nearly £500m.

    Mark Steward, the FCA’s new director of enforcement and market oversight, said: “Barclays ignored its own process designed to safeguard against the risk of financial crime and overlooked obvious red flags to win new business and generate significant revenue. This is wholly unacceptable.”

    (NOTE: The Barclay (Banking) family were connected with slavery. David and Alexander Barclay were engaged in the slave trade in 1756).

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