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“Did You Know that True Love asks for Nothing?”

June 3, 2008




     Most consider this bricked, cemented storefront and abandoned building, on this stretch of fulton st. an eyesore. For me it has been the source of inspiration many days, especially when I was feeling low with the blues. I don’t know if many of you have ever noticed that in between the graffiti block letter “E”, there is a quote by the great Steveland Morris aka Stevie Wonder…”Did you know that true love asks for nothing?”. This is a line from one of my favorite songs , on one of my favorite albums.  The name of the song is “As”, from the universally classic album “Songs in The Key of Life”.  There were plenty of weekend mornings, when my pops would rise up, open the blinds, drop the needle to the sound of vinyl crackle and play the full album(it was a double). If you don’t own this album I implore you go out out to buy it now…right now! The interesting thing about seeing the line on the wall for the past twenty years is that NO ONE ever wrote over it. I guess even graf artists, taggers and knuckleheads have to respect Stevie! When the building finally gets bought, I’m not ashamed to say I will miss this wall.

Did you know that true love asks for nothing
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day

– Steveland Morris aka Stevie Wonder


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