Wonder, Stevie - Ordinary Pain Lyrics




When by the phone
In vain you sit
You very soon in your mind realize that it's not just
An ordinary pain in your heart

When you by chance
Go knock on her door
Walkin' away you're convinced that it's much more
Than just an ordinary pain in your heart
It's more than just
An ordinary pain in your heart

Don't fool yourself
But tell no one else
That it's more than just
An ordinary pain
In your heart

When you catch up
But she says goodbye
Hold back your tears and before you start to cry
Say you feel unnecessary pain in your heart

Tell her you're glad
It's over in fact
Can she take with her the pain she brought you back
Takin that ordinary pain from your heart
It's more than just
An ordinary pain from your heart

Don't fool yourself
But tell no one else
That it's more than just
An ordinary pain
In your heart
In your heart
In your heart

[PART II]

You're just a masochistic fool
Because you knew my love was cruel
You never listened when they said
Don't let that girl go to your head
But like a playboy you said no
or*di*nary pain
This little girl's mind you will blow
or*di*nary pain
But then I blew you out the box
or*di*nary pain
When I put my stuff on key and lock
or*di*nary pain
It makes me feel kind of sick
or*di*nary pain
To know love put you in a trick
or*di*nary pain
I knew our love would have to end
or*di*nary pain
The day I made it with your friend
or*di*nary pain
Giving your love to one unreal
or*di*nary pain
Like a big fool I know you feel
or*di*nary pain
But in this lovie-dovie game
or*di*nary pain
With all its joy there must be pain
or*di*nary pain
But now the time has surely come
or*di*nary pain
This game don't seem like so much fun
or*di*nary pain
You're cryin' big crocodile tears
or*di*nary pain
Don't match the ones I've cried for years
or*di*nary pain
When I was home waiting for you
or*di*nary pain
You were out somewhere doing the do
or*di*nary pain
You know I'd really like to stay
or*di*nary pain
But like you did I've got to play
or*di*nary pain
You're dumb to think I'd let you be
or*di*nary pain
Scott free without some pain from me
or*di*nary pain
I heard your song and took a chance
or*di*nary pain
But to your music I can't dance
or*di*nary pain
Go tell your story 'sob-sad'
or*di*nary pain
About you blowin' what you had
or*di*nary pain
Since one ain't good enough for you
or*di*nary pain
Then do yourself see how you do
or*di*nary pain

or*di*nary pain
or*di*nary pain
or*di*nary pain
or*di*nary pain
or*di*nary pain





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Wonder, Stevie Ordinary Pain Comments
  1. Bob Ruperts

    wtf this song fuckin slaps how is this not more talked about?

  2. Peter Metz

    stron funny song

  3. Danilo Silva

    Linda canção!

  4. imbees2

    Yes indeed. There is no other.

  5. chasacart

    I LOVE, I LOVE, I LOVE the female lady's voice on this song!!!!!!!

  6. Lasonia Tubbs

    Nice song Stevie never let you down ...

  7. Donald Myra

    MR WONDER sings from the heart----stories of life and love.YOU HAVE COME INCREDIBLY FAR since FINGERTIPS PT 1 and PT2 SUMMER OF 1963.WELL DONE GENIUS of MUSIC and LIFE!!!!BRAVOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  8. Kenneth

    Shout out if you remember buying this album:
    a double album $7, plus the complimentary 45 single
    tucked in. Remember?

  9. Jan Hutte

    I dont like all the dislikes are you lot insane 🤔

  10. Tracie Sommerville

    Still LIKE, 2019!

  11. Eddie Bills

    what can one say but BRILLIANT!

  12. sdgakatbk

    Excellent track. And who hasn't felt this?

  13. Gee Nation

    Classic, Stevie.......love the 2nd part of this song

  14. Jason Budge

    My all in Stevie Wonder track. Love and darkness with deep soul and a funky edge.

  15. Abacus

    This song breaks my heart for no reason even when I’m happy .Tears through its beauty...

  16. Marcos Samuel

    Puta que pariu!

    O melhor de todos os tempos!
    Se juntar todos os cantores e mundo, ainda assim, não chegarão a 50% do feeling do Stevie Wonder!

  17. LawndaleLancaster

    Music 🎶 Royalty!!🏆🏆🏆

  18. Carrie

    I would really like to stay, but like YOU did, I got to Play!!! Ordinary Pain, Yes, Lawd

  19. Curtis Ball

    All these years...ever since this album was first released, I'd always assumed that these were two different songs. I loved Stevie's bluesy melancholy but always looked past the funky, vitriolic back half. So much so much that I never thought to look at the song title to see that this was actually one complete song, sung from "his" and "her" perspectives. All the worn out albums, broken cassettes and scratched CD's I went through and it wasn't until now on YouTube that I finally find out just what Stevie really created with this song. This most certainly was a song sung in the key of life. Thank you, commenters, for explaining it and making this timely classic brand new for me.

  20. flowersandcandy flowersandcandy

    This song is amazing............

  21. flowersandcandy flowersandcandy

    I love this song even though it's very sad........

  22. Betty black. Black

    GO GIRL SANG YOUR SONG

  23. Paul Hebden

    My all time fav Stevie tune, seen a few parties go off in the middle of this

  24. James Boyd

    Stevie Wonder all innocent at first...another brilliant centerpiece from this masterpiece

  25. De'Drick Williams

    “Since one ain’t good enough for yoooouuu, then do yourself see how ya do!”

    *I

    DON’T

    HAVE

    THE PAIN! I don’t have that pain!”*

    One half, an apologetic toned Stevie, second half, an UNAPOLOGETIC Shirley Brewer Garden!

  26. De'Drick Williams

    Stop fucking playing. This the best song on the best album from Stevie Wonder. And I LOVE the edit!!!!!!

  27. Matthew Davis

    Priceless......

  28. Michael Johnson

    Men: Who amongst us black white whatever, know a pretty face when we see 1!! Is this Woman drop dead beautiful or what?!! Damn it Man!!!

  29. Michael Johnson

    This Album (2 records) had such an impact on my ability to recognize quality r&b, Stevie Wonder is hands down, THE MAN!! I had my braids, my dieshecta, my bigass ''fro'' my staks "(party shoes) & a cute ass girlfriend, life was & is so damn good!! Today is my B'day, I'm still just as handsome, as I was then!! Believe that!!

  30. K 9

    Pé na tábua. ....Marina Lima....

  31. Colin Hotham

    Don't fool yourself, tell no one else, it's more than an ordinary pain in your heart! So true Stevie...…..

  32. cretinalert

    Pure Genius

  33. Ernestine Latimer

    I attended Simon Gratz with Shirley. In Philadelphia. A lot of great music came out of that school

  34. Ginx Teng

    [Intro]
    When by the phone
    In vain you sit
    You very soon in your mind realize that it's not just
    An ordinary pain in your heart

    [Verse 1]
    When you by chance
    Go knock on her door
    Walking away you're convinced that it's much more
    Than just an ordinary pain in your heart
    It's more than just
    An ordinary pain in your heart

    [Chorus]
    Don't fool yourself
    But tell no one else
    That it's more than just
    An ordinary pain
    In your heart

    [Verse 2]
    When you catch up
    But she says goodbye
    Hold back your tears and before you start to cry
    Say you feel unnecessary pain in your heart
    Tell her you're glad
    It's over in fact
    Can she take with her the pain she brought you back
    Taking that ordinary pain from your heart
    It's more than just
    An ordinary pain from your heart

    [Chorus]

    Don't fool yourself
    But tell no one else
    That it's more than just
    An ordinary pain
    In your heart


    [Verse 3]
    You're just a masachistic fool
    Because you knew my love was cruel
    You never listened when they said
    Don't let that girl go to your head
    But like a play boy you said no
    Or*di*nary pain
    This little girl mind you will blow
    Or*di*nary pain
    But then I blew you out the box
    Or*di*nary pain
    When I put my stuff on key and lock
    Or*di*nary pain
    It makes me feel kind of sick
    Or*di*nary pain
    To know love put you in a trick
    Or*di*nary pain
    I knew our love would have to end
    Or*di*nary pain
    The day I made it with your friend
    Or*di*nary pain
    Giving your love to one unreal
    Or*di*nary pain
    Like a big fool I know you feel
    Or*di*nary pain
    But in this lovie-dovie game
    Or*di*nary pain
    With all its joy there must be pain
    Or*di*nary pain
    But now the time has surely come
    Or*di*nary pain
    This game don't seem like so much fun
    Or*di*nary pain
    You're crying big crocodile tears
    Or*di*nary pain
    Don't match the ones I've cried for years
    Or*di*nary pain
    When I was home waiting for you
    Or*di*nary pain
    You were out somewhere doing the do
    Or*di*nary pain
    You know I'd really like to stay
    Or*di*nary pain
    But like you did I've go to play
    Or*di*nary pain
    You're dumb to think I'd let you be
    Or*di*nary pain
    Scott free without some pain from me
    Or*di*nary pain
    I heard your song and took a chance
    Or*di*nary pain
    But to your music I can't dance
    Or*di*nary pain
    Go tell your story 'sob-sad'
    Or*di*nary pain
    About you blowing what you had
    Or*di*nary pain
    Since one ain't good enough for you
    Or*di*nary pain
    Then do yourself see how you do
    Or*di*nary pain

    [Outro]
    Or*di*nary pain
    Or*di*nary pain
    Or*di*nary pain
    Or*di*nary pain
    Or*di*nary pain
    Or*di*nary pain

    Theo Frank

    Thanks for posting the verses. I appreciate you

    Tito Delfin

    Thats a cold cut

  35. Erika Willis

    IS THAT MICHONNE LOL

  36. Paola Guerrero

    When by the phone
    In vain you sit
    You very soon in your mind realize that it's not just
    An ordinary pain in your heart
    When you by chance
    Go knock on her door
    Walkin' away you're convinced that it's much more
    Than just an ordinary pain in your heart
    It's more than just
    An ordinary pain in your heart
    Don't fool yourself
    But tell no one else
    That it's more than just
    An ordinary pain
    In your heart
    When you catch up
    But she says goodbye
    Hold back your tears and before you start to cry
    Say you feel unnecessary pain in your heart
    Tell her you're glad
    It's over in fact
    Can she take with her the pain she brought you back
    Takin that ordinary pain from your heart
    It's more than just
    An ordinary pain from your heart
    Don't fool yourself
    But tell no one else
    That it's more than just
    An ordinary pain
    In your heart
    In your heart
    In your heart
    You're just a masachistic fool
    Because you knew my love was cruel
    You never listened when they said
    Don't let that girl go to your head
    But like a play boy you said no
    Ordinary pain
    This little girl mind you will blow
    Ordinary pain
    But then I blew you out the box
    Ordinary pain
    When I put my stuff on key and lock
    Ordinary pain
    It makes me feel kind of sick
    Ordinary pain
    To know love put you in a trick
    Ordinary pain
    I knew our love would have to end
    Ordinary pain
    The day I made it with your friend
    Ordinary pain
    Giving your love to one unreal
    Ordinary pain
    Like a big fool I know you feel
    Ordinary pain
    But in this lovie-dovie game
    Ordinary pain
    With all its joy there must be pain
    Ordinary pain
    But now the time has surely come
    Ordinary pain
    This game don't seem like so much fun
    Ordinary pain
    You're cryin big corcodile tears
    Ordinary pain
    Don't match the ones I've cried for years
    Ordinary pain
    When I was home wainting for you
    Ordinary pain
    You were out somewhere doing the do
    Ordinary pain
    You know I'd really like to stay
    Ordinary pain
    But like you did I've go to play
    Ordinary pain
    You're dumb to think I'd let you be
    Ordinary pain
    Scott free without some pain from me
    Ordinary pain
    I heard your song and took a chance
    Ordinary pain
    But to your music I can't dance
    Ordinary pain
    Go tell your story 'sob-sad'
    Ordinary pain
    About you blowin what you had
    Ordinary pain
    Since one ain't good enough for you
    Ordinary pain
    Then do yourself see how you do
    Ordinary pain
    Ordinary pain

  37. Doubletree77

    Stevie Wonder is one BAD !!! BAD !!! BAD !!! Man!!! He's all over the place on the RESPONSE by Shirley Brewer... GENIUS!!! Replay coming up!!!!!

  38. Charles Averett

    Stevie is soothing

  39. Chas Stack

    stevie could be nasty but maintain good taste , she knew it had to end when she made it with your friend ...dam that's cold

  40. Chas Stack

    reminds me of Edie stole my shit and said it was my fault

  41. Denise DeniseHuxtable

    Does this song come with out the ladies part singing?

  42. Janenne Rutledge

    that voice flowed like honey

  43. Laura Graham

    LOVE LOVE THIS SONG!

  44. hollywood1765

    Minne Ripperton, Denise Williams and Syreeta Wright singing background?!?!? Stevie you just showing off right there lol

    Sirius Black

    now thats fire power

  45. Mz Spice

    She got him while he's playing victim. Lol

  46. Jonathan Williams

    Classic.

  47. Breone Jamal McNill

    Love this song...just wish both parts were seperate tracks.

  48. GRAND MASTER

    Every one of his songs - including this one - are masterpieces.

  49. Neosoulgroovydude

    who is the lady in this video clip? anyway i can download or google the pic or get a saved screenshot

  50. Ericka Young

    thanks for the much meaningful lyrics that that only Stevie Wonder can articulate he's definitely amazing and nobody will ever be able to do it like him

  51. Neosoulgroovydude

    i saw the tour with stevie doing songs....the girls sang as hard as destiny child. iesha his daughter can sing. india arie too! the second part is the sh...

    S Smith

    Neosoulgroovydude 😮

  52. Miro Pribanić

    who is the bass player? Haha, it's yours truly Stevie fooling around with the bass synth. And who plays the drums? haha...

    J Huerta

    Yamaha ARP polymoog/bass

  53. John Zyp

    Songs in the key of life, will be eternal.

  54. clément fronty

    masterpiece !! chefd 'œuvre!!...back in 1976 (77) my parents played this double lp everyday ( with many others soul and jazz records..) and i loved and for the eternity this track (second part)..Shirley brewer magical voice and beauty ! merci thanx to share it !!

  55. Tanya Griffin

    I think this was my sophomore year at Ohio St. I didn't have money but I counted out my change walked up on High St. and got there just as the album was being unpacked one of the best days.

  56. Segarra Raul

    Great song

  57. Jon Madison

    I had just posted about how this predates "you know i'm no good", but as i'm listening again (heard "since one ain't good enough for you..), i'm realizing i had this song wrong all these years. And now it's that much better.

  58. Welshgirl Louise

    Powerful song 😍

  59. arthur c rossJr

    very little Stevie has done is not among my favorite things

  60. henry clemons

    have loved this song/album since i first heard it......2018

  61. Van

    Marina Lima me trouxe aqui!

  62. Fran hightower

    I remember when this came out ...everyone went out and Bought It....STEVIE the Wonder....!!!

  63. Fran hightower

    I remember when this came out ...everyone went out and Bought It....STEVIE the Wonder....!!!

  64. Michelle Clark

    2 SIDES TO EVERY STORY, I love it.

  65. Realiveartist

    Classic...

  66. ARBJ85

    I was Blessed to See Stevie Perform this Live in my Hometown St.Louis, Mo

  67. Miro Pribanić

    man, that album by Stevie Wonder ... every song a gem, a classic... knocked me off my feet as a kid when I first heard it... hits me 40 later...pure soul pure genius.

  68. celticsdude

    For some strange reason, I think this is a great song to play on a foggy night.

    andre rodgers

    This album is definitely the soundtrack of my life!!! Simply Genuine Genius!!!

  69. Cloud Leonhart

    I used to think that it was a little Stevie recording that was added to the song when the second part comes in

  70. Robin Wilson-Barnes

    virgo vs. virgo

  71. Paulo Aquino

    Great music! In Brazil it was re-recorded by Marina Lima!

  72. James Simmons

    Love it!

  73. DIRCEU JOSE SILVA

    thank you Theo frank!!

  74. ScinLaeca358

    Fuck I love the disco funk part at 2:45...I picture sexy black chicks with boobs and big afros dancing in front of swirly shit

  75. Deborah Patterson

    Stevie is a genius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. levan beriashvili

    God of melody and harmony

  77. bigman9099

    pure magic.....this album is one of the most amazing works the music business has ever seen.

  78. DOT-T C.O.G

    Stevie is thee eighth wonder of the world

  79. James T

    you did a hell of a job with this. I have been listening for years cause I love the man but never watched your video. Thank you!

    Theo Frank

    I thank you James

  80. Todd Hopwood

    What a compositional marvel.

  81. EFH

    cold break up song

  82. ghostyglover

    Im 18 and had the honor of getting this album on vinyl a few months ago, safe to say this album has changed my life and you can hear the impact on music that this has made till this day. Truly a masterpiece

  83. Renny Wilson

    SHIRLEY BREWER GARDEN IS THE NAME OF THE UNDERRATED FEMALE VOCALIST ON THIS TRACK

    debi terrell

    Good lyrics not goof lyrics ....lol

    Jason Heard

    💯💯💯

    Eddie McKinney

    Renny Wilson she kills it.

    Andre Gibbs

    When Stevie did the first Songs in the Key of Life album tour , he brought Shirley on stage to sing this in Los Angeles in December 2013. She killed it!!

    Wesley Wright

    GO Sherly

  84. jo allen

    How can some single individual be this talented?

    fourjz13

    jo allen It's called God given talent and creativity.

  85. Seldom Seen

    This song really reminds me of the good times back in the 70s!

  86. The A N G E L L E network

    Yesssssss love this. thank u so much

  87. transcendslow

    this is a melody only stevie can write.

  88. transcendslow

    I'd love to hear 80's Stevie sing this live. one of my favorite sw song.

  89. ShowKase

    Am I the only one who never liked the 2nd half of this song?

    kev t

    Love is a two way street.

    Jon Moll

    I hope so

    mingram15

    I love both halves! Amazing!

    Breone Jamal McNill

    2nd pt. ain't bad....just wish it was a seperate track.

  90. michael driver

    In 200 years or so, Stevie Wonder will be held in the same regard as Bach or Brahms or Mozart is today!! He is just the genius of our time!!

    Allen Griggs

    @Mary facts 💯 Revelation 1:14 & 15

    Dan

    The Library of Congress added Songs in the Key of Life to the national registry in 2005. Thus your wish has already been granted. Now if we all can just keep in mind Stevie's call for peace, hope and justice, then people will be around in 200 years to enjoy this "classic."

    sdgakatbk

    He's outstanding and this album's a masterpiece.

    Medusa Brown

    @Joe Seal Maybe because his love ones never told him the true meaning of his name.

    F Macdonald

    Mr Driver less is more so my word for my reply AGREE

  91. michael driver

    21 thumbs down? WTF!!!

    Abdu Robinson

    michael driver 21 people who don't know what ordinary Pain feels like.

  92. michael driver

    Just listen because there is nothing you can say!!

  93. nelson costa

    stevie wonder is perfect

  94. Brian Shaw

    It brings great joy to my heart and soul that Stevie and Sir Paul McCartney are good friends.

  95. daryl hunt

    Stevie is the best!