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Cat Stevens — Katmandu
Album: Mona Bone Jakon
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I sit beside the dark - beneath the mire
cold grey dusty day - the morning lake drinks up the sky
Kathmandu, I'll soon be seeing you
and your strange - bewildering time will hold me down.

Chop me some broken wood - we'll start a fire
white warm, light the dawn and help me see, old Satan's tree
Kathmandu, I'll soon be touching you
and your strange - bewildering time will hold me down

Pass me my hat and coat - lock up the cabin
slow night treat me right until I go - be nice to know
Kathmandu, I'll soon be seeing you
and your strange bewildering time will keep me home
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 user4176 wrote:
Wondering about that Katmandu he is singing about... 1970 must have been a litlle different there. Today's Katmandu feels more like a heavy metal song to me than this.
 
In 1982 it was peaceful, bucolic, quiet at night, like a medieval town.  Huge doors rolled back during the day, closed up at night.  Little shops offering goods for the hippies and trekkers.  Then they had that terrible earthquake, so I'm sure things changed after that.
 TotalHip wrote:
...and with Mr. Peter Gabriel on flute.
 

well I just learned something new today..
Pretty voice, pretty lyrics.  A unique musician.  Certainly followed the beat of his own drummer.
Long ago before Wi Fi, 
there was a transition from
transistor to Hi Fi ...
...and with Mr. Peter Gabriel on flute.
Time to lite the Patchouli joss sticks.
You think?  His website is https://catstevens.com/

Go figure.

 
the_jake wrote:
Glad to hear some old Cat today. I should use Jusef instead. 
 

has a kind of early/acoustic Jethro Tull-ish feel to it... I like Tull a lot... this, not so much
Glad to hear some old Cat today. I should use Jusef instead. 
Wondering about that Katmandu he is singing about... 1970 must have been a litlle different there. Today's Katmandu feels more like a heavy metal song to me than this.
I liked this version better,...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd3Mt8JBBBg
Great album. Thanks for playing today.
 ironlung wrote:
artmarcia wrote:
He was one of my favorites—broke my heart whan he changed religions and dropped out of music. I think his music is very spiritual and thought he reached many people through it—what a waste of incredible talent.

A waste you say? How can u say it was a waste when you just said he touched so many people including yourself with his incredible songs. I'm not islamic but islam is not so bad as CNN cares to creates.
 

From The Islamic Ruling on Music and Singing:

- use of all musical instruments, except the daff drum, is forbidden
- singing voice coupled with music is imbecilic and sinful – lyrics which are erotic and licentious or sung in a licentious manner (which adversely affects the libidinous instincts of the listener) are forbidden
- even innocent songs become forbidden if they are performed in the presence of, or are coupled with, such acts as gambling, drinking and other “deeds of moral depravity” 
-singing by women is restricted to a female audience as “the nature of a woman’s (singing) voice is to excite sexual feeling in the male listener”


Nice.  Yusuf Islam is still performing.  
Peter Gabriel on flute.  
Wish I could play acoustic guitar as well as him. He had a rather unique style of finger picking with strums thrown in at interesting rythmic points, plus passing the melodic emphasis back-and-forth between his voice and the instrumentals. Then he would sort of halt abruptly and resume on the off-beat. Really interesting texture as a result, wears well with repeated listening. "Boy With a Moon and Star on His Head" is a great example as is "How Can I Tell You".
Damn tourists...oh that's in a forum.I like this song,and the artist.
artmarcia wrote:
He was one of my favorites--broke my heart whan he changed religions and dropped out of music. I think his music is very spiritual and thought he reached many people through it--what a waste of incredible talent.
A waste you say? How can u say it was a waste when you just said he touched so many people including yourself with his incredible songs. I'm not islamic but islam is not so bad as CNN cares to creates.
Ok, back to our regularly scheduled programming.... Good song, which I haven't heard for years. Cheers.
great choice of material, though. Oh Bondage Up Yours kind of says it all. what an amazing group X-Ray Spex was, and the young lady at the center of it was only 14 at the time! Warrior in Woolworths!
zgrav wrote:
give me some X-Ray Spex right now and segue into some more energized tunes.
I uploaded some X-Ray Spex (Oh Bondage!) and it was shot down. :(
but if the category is folks with good music who altered their music, or stopped it, after getting religion: give me some X-Ray Spex right now and segue into some more energized tunes.
I'd never really heard much of his music (before my time) but I really like this. it's a pity he stopped singing. Such a unique voice.
I was wondering if we would hear any of Mr. Islam's music this week. Given his recent travel travails, maybe "peace train" would be appropriate.
when it comes to dark bushy haired skinny nutjob folkies, I prefer Donovan to Cat.
slow night, treat me right...the Cat made lovely music... :meditate.gif:
I have ALL of his albums and later bought his CDs. Still a fan.
frednic wrote:
I used to like Cat Stevens untill he got religion and his dogma tryed to kill my karma ;-} :P
He was one of my favorites--broke my heart whan he changed religions and dropped out of music. I think his music is very spiritual and thought he reached many people through it--what a waste of incredible talent.
I used to like Cat Stevens untill he got religion and his dogma tryed to kill my karma ;-} :P
It's a pleasure to see *someone* playing Cat Stevens. Yes, it was fustrating to see him disappear into Islam, but that doesn't mean that his early music was bad or somehow malignant. He was always a seeker, which came through in his music, and while I wish he had gone in a different direction.....that's the path he chose.
Cat Man Do! It's not the same anymore... :(
Cat is the Man
Amazing, touching song ... and excellent proof that you should never confuse the performance of a artist with the person of the artist.
I love the entire Footsteps in the Dark album; soothing and wonderful. And that's Peter Gabriel on the flute... :D
so sweet...like it, love it, glad you didn't burn it! :wink:
this gentle song is one of my favorite cat stevens tracks - one of the ones that makes me wonder how he could ever have renounced his own music... so nice to hear it here.