RELEASE DATE

7 AUGUST 1970

ALBUM

LABEL

TAMLA / MOTOWN

WRITERS

LULA MAE HARDAWAY, DON HUNTER, PAUL RISER & STEVIE WONDER

PRODUCERS

DON HUNTER & STEVIE WONDER

TRIVIA

  • This is the second song on side two (and the eighth track overall) on the playlist of 1970’s Signed, Sealed & Delivered, which was Stevie’s 12th studio album.
  • Being about 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length, this is the second-shortest track on Signed, Sealed & Delivered.
  • One of the co-writers of this song was the late Lula Mae Hardaway, aka Stevie Wonder’s mother.
  • This track, as with the entire album it is featured on, was recorded in Motown’s own (initial) studio, Hitsville U.S.A..  That facility, which is located in Stevie’s unofficial hometown of Detroit, currently serves as “the Motown Musuem”.

LYRICAL ANALYSIS

Anything You Want Me to Do is more or less as its title infers.  The addressee is the apple of Stevie’s eye, and he’s strongly stating his willingness to do what he must to win her heart.

The lyrics can be deemed a bit confusing in that the first verse gives the impression that the singer and addressee are an established couple, albeit one wheras the male has “been away” from his sweetheart “for so long”.  That idea is reaffirmed in the bridge.  However the thrid and fourth verses, in a manner of interpretation, read more as if this is a lady who Stevie is only now trying to get with.

All lyrics considered, it appears that they have broken up, even if not officially per se, due Stevie’s prolonged absence.  Furthermore, it can be deduced that the addressee is no longer as interested in the singer as she once was.  Yet, he is still very much in love with her.  Maybe, during his time away, Stevie realized the error of his ways in letting her go.  So now, he’ll do “every” and ‘anything that she wants’ in order to be granted “a second chance”.

SOURCES

“Stevie Wonder – Anything You Want Me to Do Lyrics”.  Genius.  Accessed on 1 July 2024.

“Signed, Sealed & Delivered”.  Wikipedia.  Last edited on 10 June 2024.

Stevie Wonder.  “Anything You Want Me To Do”.  YouTube.  7 August 2018.

Anything You Want Me to Do (1970)