That part where Stevie Wonder ad-libs,
Do you know you're loved by somebody?
Makes me cry every single time. Because when he sing-shouts that line, what I hear is, "Don't you know there are people out there who love you? Don't you know you're loved by the universe? Don't you know that God loves you?"
We all know sometimes life's hates and troublesCan make you wish you were born in another time and space
But you can bet your life times that and twice its doubleThat God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed
"As" is a song about unconditional love that never ends between two people, but I always imagine it as the Creator reassuring me that I'm still worthy of being loved (even if it doesn't show up from the direction I'm expecting or in the timing I'm expecting, or it does show up but I can't internalize it). Reassuring me that I still have a place in this world and at this moment in time.