Uptight (Everything's Alright) (Stevie Wonder)

9 FEBRUARY 1966


Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’ was released in the UK during, and went on to peak at #14 there. It reached #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (and #1 on the R&B charts for five weeks). 

This was the first hit single to be co-written by Wonder, whose career was floundering at this point after his earlier success as a child prodigy. He was still only 15 years old at this time, but Motown were thinking of dropping him from their roster. The success of this song changed their minds.

This track features some excellent machine-gun drumming and a Motown hit production machine still at its peak. Wonder had toured with the Rolling Stones during the previous year and the driving beat here was partly inspired by 'Satisfaction'. I can hear something of 'Get Off My Cloud' here too.

B-side: 'Purple Rain Drops'
Released: 22 November 1965
Highest chart position: #14 (UK), #3 (US)
Length: 2:52
Label: Tamla
Writers: Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby

Uptight (Everything’s Alright) (Stevie Wonder)

'Baby, ev'rything is all right, uptight, out of sight.
Baby, ev'rything is all right, uptight, out of sight.

I'm a poorman's son, from across the railroad tracks,
The only shirt I own is hangin' on my back,
But I'm the envy of ev'ry single guy
Since I'm the apple of my girl's eye.
When we go out stepping on the town for a while
My money's low and my suit's out of style,
But it's all right if my clothes aren't new
Out of sight because my heart is true.

She says baby ev'rything is alright, uptight, out of sight.
Baby, ev'rything is alright, uptight, clean out of sight.

She's a pearl of a girl, I guess that's what you might say,
I guess her folks brought her up that way,
The right side of the tracks, she was born and raised
In a great big old house, full of butlers and maids.
She says no one is better than I, I know I'm just an average guy,
No football hero or smooth Don Juan,
Got empty pockets, you see I'm a poorman's son.
She says give her the things that money can buy
But I'll never, never make my baby cry,

And it's all right, what I can't do,
Out of sight because my heart is true,
She says baby ev'rything is alright, uptight, clean out of sight.
Baby, ev'rything is alright, uptight, clean out of sight.
Baby, ev'rything is alright, uptight, ah ah ah ah,
Baby, ev'rything is alright, uptight, clean out of sight.
Baby, ev'rything is alright, uptight, clean out of sight.'