07/07/2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
"This is a moment that I wished I didn't live to see come," Stevie Wonder
said at Michael Jackson
's memorial service in Los Angeles. "But as much as I can say that and mean it, I do know that God is good. And I do know that as much as we may feel, and we do, that we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more. Michael I love you and I've told you that many times so I'm at peace with that."
Wonder then performed "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," from his 1971 album Where I'm Coming From
. Read the lyrics to the song.
The song brought quiet sobs in crowd as he started to sing. "Oh, my God," a fan was heard saying. "I'm going to cry!"
Wonder and Jackson go way back. Wonder was the little one on the Motown record label until Jackson came along. Wonder performed on Jackson's Bad album with the duet "Just Good Friends." Michael returned the favor on Stevie Wonder’s 1987 album Characters, singing on "Get It."