He's Misstra Know-It-All
He's Misstra Know-It-All cover
{{{Type}}} by Stevie Wonder
Released April 1974
Genre Soul
Length 3:25 (single version)
5:38 (album version)
Label Tamla
Stevie Wonder chronology
"Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing"
"He's Misstra Know-It-All"
"You Haven't Done Nothin'"

"He's Misstra Know-It-All" is a single by Stevie Wonder for the Tamla (Motown) label, from his Innervisions album, which reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1974.[1] The song takes the form of a mellow ballad with a steady beat, principally a solo performance with Wonder providing lead vocal, background vocal, piano, drums, handclaps and congas. Ethereal flute-like sounds are provided by his TONTO modular synthesiser. Willie Weeks, on electric bass, is the only other musician. Towards the end of the song the mood changes to a stronger feel, more strident singing and with hand-claps emphasising the beat, half-beat and quarter-beat.

The song was released again in 1977 in both the UK and US as the B-side to "Sir Duke".

The song is essentially a long description of a know-it-all confidence trickster character who is a "man with a plan", who has a slick answer to all his critics and who has "a counterfeit dollar in his hand." It has been alleged that this is a reference to Richard Nixon.[2]

Track list Edit

A. "He's Misstra Know-It-All" – 3:25 (Stevie Wonder)
B. "You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover" (Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy)[3]


Covers Edit

  • Danny Grant, from his album The Light Of Day
  • Moxy Früvous, from their album Fruvous Live
  • Heleen van den Hombergh, from her album Here, There & Everywhere[4]
  • Eric van Aro, from her album Friends
  • The Synthesizer Rock Orchestra, from their album The Synthesizer Rock Orchestra Plays Phil Collins And Stevie Wonder[5]


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