“Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)” is a 1972 soul track by Stevie Wonder. It was the second track on Wonder’s Music of My Mind album, and was also released as the first single. In essence a two-part song, there is a coherence in that it tells a story of the singer’s relationship with “Mary”. The first part covers her desire to be a star, and to leave behind her old life to become a movie star. The second part covers the narrator’s wondering why she hadn’t come back as soon as he had hoped. The second part of the song is also a reworking of the song “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” from the 1971 album Where I’m Coming From.
The song, both in its sound and length, was a change of pace for Wonder, who was trying to establish his own identity outside of the Motown sound. Besides its floaty ambience, it featured the singer as a virtual one-man band.
The song reached a peak of #33 on the Billboard Pop charts.
“Superwoman” chronicles the relationship Stevie had with his first wife, Syreeta Wright, a Motown singer and composer who entered the company as a secretary. The lyric “trying to boss the bull around” references the woman trying to control Stevie who is a Taurus.
Music of My Mind is the fourteenth studio album by American soul musician Stevie Wonder. It was released on March 3, 1972, by Tamla Records. Wonder used synthesizers for many musical parts on this album. It was a modest commercial success, but critics found the record representative of Wonder’s artistic growth, and many contemporary critics […]
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