LISTEN to the Rare and Previously Unreleased Song, “Buttercup” Written for The Jacksons by Stevie Wonder

Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder
Yesterday, our staff was checking out the incredibly cool Questlove Supreme podcast on Pandora. This episode’s guest was Usher, who, along with Questlove and Phonte (Little Brother, Foreign Exchange), breaks down the intricacies of his career from the beginning to the present. That discussion alone is worth a listen before it expires tomorrow.

Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson Buttercup

Towards the end of the podcast, Quest and Phonte start speaking a bit about samples and rare tracks. At that point, Quest mentions “Buttercup,” a very rare track written and produced by the legend, Stevie Wonder. The mid-tempo track from 1974 has long been a favorite of the most discerning crate digging DJs and was recorded during the pre-disco transitional Jackson 5/Jacksons “Moving Violation” and “The Jacksons” album sessions. Based on the lyrics below, the song seems to be about a woman who is torn between (at least) two lovers and cannot decide which to choose. This song is yet another stellar collaboration between Wonder and the Jacksons and joins classics like “I Can’t Help It” (Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall album) and “Let’s Get Serious” (Jermaine Jackson’s Let’s Get Serious album).

Until this track was released on the I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters collection in 2009, it was never heard except during rare groove DJ sets or overnight on the Quiet Storm. We are happy to bring it to you for your enjoyment.

Check out the lyrics and the track below:

Buttercup

There’s a chance for everybody
So I took my chance on loving you, yeah
But no one man can make you happy
You wanna have your cake and eat it too, yeah

You won’t give up your buttercup
You say you love to but one is givin’ up
‘Cause he can’t stay, no, no
Aw, you won’t give up your buttercup
You’re plenty for one but two, you’re not enough
And I can’t stay

Rump, pump, pa, pumpah, pah, dahbah

I’ve a right to my opinion
Feeling we’d be better off as friends, yeah
‘Cause you can make no one man happy
When you’re spreading yourself much too thin, aw

You won’t give up your buttercup
You say you love to but one’s givin’ up
‘Cause he can’t stay, no, no
Aw, you won’t give up your buttercup
You’re plenty for one but two, you’re not enough
And I can’t stay

Rump, pump, pa, rump, pump, pa, dah

Dit, dit, dit, dit, di, dit, di
Dit, di, dit, di, dit, di, dit, di

Dit, dit, dit, dit, di, dit, di
Dit, di, dit, di, dit, di, dit, di

Dit, dit, dit, dit, di, dit, di
Dit, di, dit, di, dit, di, dit, di

Dit, dit, dit, dit, di, dup

Oh, buttercup, well, give it up
Na, na, na, na, na, no
Oh, buttercup
Ooh, no, no, no, no, no, no

You won’t give up your buttercup
You say you love to but one is givin’ up
‘Cause he can’t stay, no, no
Aw, you won’t give up your buttercup
You’re plenty for one but two, you’re not enough
And I can’t stay

Rump, pump, pa, rump, pump, pa, dah

There’s a chance for even losers
‘Cause I will find a love that’s pure someday
Yeah, ee, yeah, you will be the one who’s bluer
Because your game of love no one will play, ya

You won’t give up your buttercup
You say you love to but one is givin’ up
‘Cause he can’t stay, no, no
You won’t give up your buttercup
You’re plenty for one but two, you’re not enough
And I, I can’t stay

Rump, pump, pa
Rump, pump, pa, dah

Won’t give up, well, give it up
No, no, no, no, no, no, won’t give it up
You’ve gotta give it up
You gotta give it up
Or you’re gonna loose it

Won’t give it up
Oh give it up, you gotta
Give it up woe
Woe, woe, woe, woe now
Give it up, oh no, no

Won’t give it up
Don’t wanna give it up
Won’t give it up, oh
I’m in love with you, oh

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