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Cat Stevens — Hard Headed Woman
Album: Tea for the Tillerman
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Total ratings: 1104









Released: 1970
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm looking for a hard headed woman
one who will take me for myself
and if I find my hard headed
woman I won't need nobody else
No, no, no

I'm looking for a hard headed woman
one who will make me do my best
and if I find my hard headed woman
I know the rest of my life will be blessed
yes, yes, yes

I know a lot of fancy dancers
people who can glide you on a floor
they move so smooth but have no answers, whoh
When you ask them, "What d'you come here for?" "I don't know" "Why?"

I know many fine feathered friends
but their friendliness depends on how you do
They know many sure fired ways
to find out the one who pays
and how you do.

I'm looking for a hard headed woman
one who will make me feel so good
and if I find my hard headed woman
wo, I know my life will be as it should
yes yes yes.

I'm looking for a hard headed woman
one who will make me do my best
and if I find my hard headed woman . . .
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 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Is this the sort of hard headed woman he is thinking of?

Hard Hat woman 
 

No. It's exactly like this.

Merkel rules
No, no, no! How can y'all still like a guy who supported killing a man for writing a BOOK?!?
First concert I ever attended, 1976, and one of the best!
I can vouch for the sentiments expressed in this lovely song. I found my hard  headed woman..and we've been married for 20 years so far! 
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Is this the sort of hard headed woman he is thinking of?

Hard Hat woman 
 

"What does that drill signify?"

Replies Sigmund (supposedly), "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

Not in today's advertising world.
 PeteyGreens wrote:
Everybody in my office loves this song!
 
For a moment I thought Lazarus had finally found a decent job. 

Anyway, hope life is grand for you these days PeteyGreens

Liking the comments section on this one. There seems to be a dearth of stupid people here.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Two Cats in the same day! No offense to Bill/Rebecca for pandering to trends, but it seems we're in the midst of a reconsideration of his work—and very fine work it is—after his unfortunate blunders re Rushdie. I'm no supporter of any edict which demands the death of another, and maybe his support of the Rushdie fatwa at the time was heartfelt; nonetheless, he's changed. I'll take his repentance at face value and welcome him back to the ranks of stellar singer/songwriters.

IMHO the greater blessing is forgiveness. Rushdie's alive and well. Let it go.
 
{#Cheers}  Re-bumping this excellent post.
While I was in Iraq, several of the local guys on my team kept referring to this other fellow as "Jusef Islam" even though his name was Amir. This puzzled me so I asked what was up. Turns out Amir was from the UK originally and had converted to Islam, and he was a pain in the ass about it - what we Westerners call "holier than thou." Jusef Islam is the name Cat Stevens took when he converted and apparently his pronouncements about Islam aren't welcome to the natives. So any Westerner who converts and becomes a pain is called a "Jusef Islam."

One thing I discovered overseas - Arabs have a very sly sense of humor.

Such a GREAT track from an AMAZING album...and I am happy to say I've found my hard headed woman.  Crazy to think how many years ago this was written (before I was made!!) and yet it completely resonates with me and I like it so much I've rated it at 9.  Long Live RP!! 

Where is the 18 volt lithium battery pack on that drill? 


 Carl wrote:
OMG! She's using a—gasp!—eighth-inch drill bit!
 
Nah! Three-sixteenths at least.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Is this the sort of hard headed woman he is thinking of?

Hard Hat woman
 
OMG! She's using a—gasp!—eighth-inch drill bit!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
Is this the sort of hard headed woman he is thinking of?

Hard Hat woman 

 
Nope, I think that's a hard-hatted woman.
Is this the sort of hard headed woman he is thinking of?

Hard Hat woman 
I honestly thought that 'Drive' from R.E.M. was starting when this song came up...
Cat Stevens twice. This has been a DAMN GOOD day.
In the early '70's there was a shuttle bus driver at the Univ of Texas that always played Tea for the Tillerman while driving.  I'll always associate Cat Stevens with that time and place.  And Salvation Sandwiches and the Armadillo, too, for that matter.
I searched all over Rio de Janeiro for this man -just to hear him sing. 

saw him perform in the 70s in Hawaii --he is real, and can really kill a song! Beatutiful Soul.  
I love Cat Stevens (this song made me imagine a Conehead woman in a hajib)
At the very top of the 'singer/songwriter" pile
More feline songs like this please ... {#Chillpill}
 misterbearbaby wrote:
I think I'll be a big a-hole and bloviate about Muslims now... Blahblahblah.... OK......(,...etc)

 
i get it but when someone endorses someone elses murder decree it's beyond religion
murder is murder
i don't care what book they got it from
 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
I think I'll be a big a-hole and bloviate about Muslims now... Blahblahblah.... OK. The music he put down in the timeframe was gorgeous and had charms to soothe the savage beasts- at least the *primal scammers* I lived with in college. I'm serious, put on "Tea For The Tillerman" and the atmosphere instantly switched from drug-related pandemonium and uproar to calm and conviviality and dangerous objects no longer filled the air. It never failed.  Odd, what?

 
Well said.  I gave this a 10 based on 1) I am a huge Cat fan before the different direction and 2) your dissertation quoted above.
Nice song. I grew up with Cat.
I think I'll be a big a-hole and bloviate about Muslims now... Blahblahblah.... OK. The music he put down in the timeframe was gorgeous and had charms to soothe the savage beasts- at least the *primal scammers* I lived with in college. I'm serious, put on "Tea For The Tillerman" and the atmosphere instantly switched from drug-related pandemonium and uproar to calm and conviviality and dangerous objects no longer filled the air. It never failed.  Odd, what?
  Hearth & Head Woman with deeds in store.
Happy Anniversary Yusuf
 WonderLizard wrote:
Two Cats in the same day! No offense to Bill/Rebecca for pandering to trends, but it seems we're in the midst of a reconsideration of his work—and very fine work it is—after his unfortunate blunders re Rushdie. I'm no supporter of any edict which demands the death of another, and maybe his support of the Rushdie fatwa at the time was heartfelt; nonetheless, he's changed. I'll take his repentance at face value and welcome him back to the ranks of stellar singer/songwriters.

IMHO the greater blessing is forgiveness. Rushdie's alive and well. Let it go.

 
Amen, brother. Now if Cat impresses that on others who believe as he once did, then he is more righteous yet.

And I say Amen to these lyrics too. Hard headed. But also good hearted, which his lyrics should also have said. 

Nice song.
Drank a lot of inexpensive wine and ate a lot of KFC about the time this came out.
Co-incidence.

Hard headed women are much better on the self than hard hearted women.


Cat Stevens' trick: he wrote touchy-feely songs and sang them in a gruff manly voice.
 
Two Cats in the same day! No offense to Bill/Rebecca for pandering to trends, but it seems we're in the midst of a reconsideration of his work--and very fine work it is--after his unfortunate blunders re Rushdie. I'm no supporter of any edict which demands the death of another, and maybe his support of the Rushdie fatwa at the time was heartfelt; nonetheless, he's changed. I'll take his repentance at face value and welcome him back to the ranks of stellar singer/songwriters.

IMHO the greater blessing is forgiveness. Rushdie's alive and well. Let it go.
 ruthless wrote:
What an amazing talent.  Got to see him live back in the 70's.  Wish he was still writing/performing music.

 
He is! Go to the Website link above. He is now known as Yusuf and has at least two releases.
 Sloggydog wrote:
Play the ball not the man people.  This album and Teaser and the Firecat reach the heights of musical genius attained by so few so essentially people shut up and enjoy the bloody music.

 

well said...
Play the ball not the man people.  This album and Teaser and the Firecat reach the heights of musical genius attained by so few so essentially people shut up and enjoy the bloody music.
 Decoy wrote:

you typically don't see radical Buddhists do you? 

 
Maybe not much outside of Myanmar or Sri Lanka, but they definitely do exist.
 Stingray wrote:
Looking for a soft-headed Muslim!

 
No dude I think he's a Scientologist now! Fer sure! OMFG!

notice for bull baiting exhibition 
 shayde wrote:

Wrong, wrong, hateful, and incorrect.  He did not.

Please read this from Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens#Salman_Rushdie_controversy

"The singer attracted controversy in 1989, during an address to students at London's Kingston University, where he was asked about the fatwa calling for the death of author Salman Rushdie. The media interpreted his response as support for the fatwa. Yusuf released a statement the following day denying that he supported vigilantism, and claiming that he had merely recounted thelegal Islamic punishment for blasphemy. In a BBC interview, he displayed a newspaper clipping from that period, which quotes from his statement. Subsequent comments made by him in 1989 on a British television programme were also seen as being in support of the fatwa. In a statement in the FAQ section of one of his Web sites, Yusuf asserted that while he regretted the comments, he was joking and that the show was improperly edited.<57> In the years since these comments, he has repeatedly denied ever calling for the death of Rushdie or supporting the fatwa."

 
 
Read the transcripts.  Yusuf clearly had his head way up his own ass during that interview, and whether or not he was joking, he said things he really shouldn't have which he tried to take back.

So, yeah, he sorta did, and then he backpedalled.   But who among us has never said something ridiculously stupid (in jest or not) and regretted it?

My only complaint with the man is that he sings like a supremely talented goat. {#Flamed}
 With all that covering..she still emits beauty.. no way to squelch it..try as they may..johnjconn wrote:
There's a hard head in there.

 


 eswiley2 wrote:
One of the best albums ever recorded.  Timeless..
 
Yes.
 johnjconn wrote:
There's a hard head in there.

 
and the Quote is:

Do I have Sexy eBalls or am i a chick?
De Rigeur back in H.S.

Though personally I don't need any more hard headed wimmins...
What an amazing talent.  Got to see him live back in the 70's.  Wish he was still writing/performing music.
One of the best albums ever recorded.  Timeless..
 ecyfoto wrote:
Can't get enough Cat Stevens. Equally impressive as the man's music was the effort by A&M to produce really well recorded and engineered product. Head and shoulders above other record companies of the time. Cat's vinyl blows me away to this day.
 



People who have only known the compact disc don't know what they are missing.
 Decoy wrote:
you typically don't see radical Buddhists do you?
 
Buddhist LOSES IT; grows hair, eats Big Mac.

Everybody in my office loves this song!
What can I say, It's beautiful Music!
I found one... took me 18 bloody years to get rid of her! Don't do it Cat!!!
Eleven

sonic pleasure 
Does not fit in this rotation!
 ecyfoto wrote:
Can't get enough Cat Stevens. Equally impressive as the man's music was the effort by A&M to produce really well recorded and engineered product. Head and shoulders above other record companies of the time. Cat's vinyl blows me away to this day.
 
Yep, sonic-ly great
Nice deep base sound 
You don't have to look far Cat!  They're all over.  {#Roflol}

Sorry, just went through a breakup.  Catharsis.
Can't get enough Cat Stevens. Equally impressive as the man's music was the effort by A&M to produce really well recorded and engineered product. Head and shoulders above other record companies of the time. Cat's vinyl blows me away to this day.
 Stingray wrote:

PLEASE NOT!

MORE BUDDHISTS INSTEAD!
 
you typically don't see radical Buddhists do you? 

 

Oh please.  I doubt he even turns on the dishwasher when she asks him to. 


 aelfheld wrote:

Yup, sure did.  Joined the call for Rushdie to be killed.
 
Wrong, wrong, hateful, and incorrect.  He did not.

Please read this from Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens#Salman_Rushdie_controversy

"The singer attracted controversy in 1989, during an address to students at London's Kingston University, where he was asked about the fatwa calling for the death of author Salman Rushdie. The media interpreted his response as support for the fatwa. Yusuf released a statement the following day denying that he supported vigilantism, and claiming that he had merely recounted thelegal Islamic punishment for blasphemy. In a BBC interview, he displayed a newspaper clipping from that period, which quotes from his statement. Subsequent comments made by him in 1989 on a British television programme were also seen as being in support of the fatwa. In a statement in the FAQ section of one of his Web sites, Yusuf asserted that while he regretted the comments, he was joking and that the show was improperly edited.<57> In the years since these comments, he has repeatedly denied ever calling for the death of Rushdie or supporting the fatwa."

 
When he wrote and recorded this one he was Cat Stevens,and as that ,he was a very cool cat.Yes I have met him,,,can't see why this song has changed,just because he has.{#Nyah}
Saw him on a TV show some weeks ago,,,from what he said,,still a cool cat.
I don't like any religions or believe in gods or reincarnation,etc..

Just can't see what that has to do with this very cool song.
actually I think he's looking for a woman with  bad eyesight, poor taste in men, daddy issues, and a tiny vagina.  NO? oops!   awwwwkward  (sorry,that's me)


 Randomax wrote:
I was always jumping up and down screaming 'here I am, here I am"...
 

But not when Freddie Mercury sang about fat bottomed women, I hope.
Dear Cat Stevens:

Call me.  I can put you in touch with several hard-headed women.

Love,
Uncle Hud
never been a fan
Cat's music is great, too bad he lost his common sense.
 coy wrote:
cat stevens
didn't he go sharia ?
not being islamophobic
i saw something on the book channel interview with salmon rushdie seemed to have some issues with him
but i don't know the whole story
 
Yup, sure did.  Joined the call for Rushdie to be killed.

 fingerpin wrote:
Did he do the art work for his album covers?
 
I'm pretty sure he did the artwork for this album; I don't know about the others.

cat stevens
didn't he go sharia ?
not being islamophobic
i saw something on the book channel interview with salmon rushdie seemed to have some issues with him
but i don't know the whole story
Still works.
 I don't remember the violin work before,
  was this reworked or was my music system then just that shitty
  or was I that stoned I don't remember the violins
I was always jumping up and down screaming 'here I am, here I am"...
 dogpound wrote:
I can hear my mom singing this.
I think she was looking for a guy who was looking for a hard headed woman. 
 
good one dog pound

Did he do the art work for his album covers?
 Giselle62 wrote:
i was..pre-pubescent—- a sweet little girl visiting her dad up in Santa Cruz—-he had no work—-all we had were apples from an apple tree, Ramen and two cassettes to listen to. This was the first artist (because I had no radio) where i really listened to the whole album and loved it—-(that and"Harvest" by Neil Young, which was the other album he had.)

 

That's a pretty good selection!{#Clap}
Never tire of hearing Cat Stevens.
 johnyqd wrote:
More Cat Stevens.  That would be great.

{#Meditate}
 
Yea, I'm wit dat!

 drews wrote:
Steady on with the islamophobia! What next, 'Tea for the Taliban'?


 
NO...!!

"OPIUM FROM THE TALIBAN" sounds better to me!

 johnyqd wrote:
More Cat Stevens.  That would be great.

{#Meditate}
 
PLEASE NOT!

MORE BUDDHISTS INSTEAD!

Looking for a soft-headed Muslim!

Not a Cat (Ali Shak Mohammad whatever) Stevens fan, but this is a great album.
My older sister use to play this one in the day.
Very soul full sound


I can hear my mom singing this.
I think she was looking for a guy who was looking for a hard headed woman. 
 brander wrote:
Saw Cat at the Troubadour in Hollywood, early 70s. The opening act was some "guy" we'd never heard of.

Carly Simon.

 
Did you read that book "Queen of the Oddballs?" by Hilary Carlip?
It's about a girl that won on the Gong Show for her juggling act and she has a cute chapter about that Troubador gig. (I found the clip of her on the Gong Show on youtube, too!)

i was..pre-pubescent—- a sweet little girl visiting her dad up in Santa Cruz—-he had no work—-all we had were apples from an apple tree, Ramen and two cassettes to listen to. This was the first artist (because I had no radio) where i really listened to the whole album and loved it—-(that and"Harvest" by Neil Young, which was the other album he had.)

from the 2nd cassette i ever owned...the 1st was Teaser & The Firecat{#Wave}
Yes. Yes. Yeeeees.

Sublime.



Bonnie Raitt was the opener in Boston, 1971. He liked the ladies, I guess.

Incidentally, I believe this is a "10"

 brander wrote:
Saw Cat at the Troubadour in Hollywood, early 70s. The opening act was some "guy" we'd never heard of.

Carly Simon.

 


Great song...Ageless.
Goose bumps!
Saw Cat at the Troubadour in Hollywood, early 70s. The opening act was some "guy" we'd never heard of.



Carly Simon.


Cat Stevens by ~JSaurer
©2009-2010 ~JSaurer

the great songwriter from the early 70s



More Cat Stevens.  That would be great.

{#Meditate}
Originally Posted by tonyschoepke: Tea for the Tillerman is one of the best folk-rock albums of all time - every track is great, including this one!
:cool: I whole heartedly agree. :clap:
Wow, what a great surprise! I loved Cat Stevens and his soulful music in my high school days and now. Back then I would only babysit for kids whose parents had good albums (like this one) to listen to! This really takes me back!
:clap: Woke up this morning singing PEACE TRAIN so it is just too perfect to hear this one. thanks.
what a neat voice. i love this tune.
Originally Posted by Antigone: Looking for a man who's looking for a hard-headed woman! ;)
A hard headed valley woman (Shenandoah, that is!) Cool!!
Looking for a man who\'s looking for a hard-headed woman! ;)
Originally Posted by RParadise: I like a lot of Cat Stevens' music, but this is not one of my favorite songs of his. It's good to hear him added to the playlist, but there are many songs I would rather hear.
Try giving this and some of Cat's other songs that are devoid of some of the catchy hooks and changes (which by the way were great). You may find that some of the more subtle pieces may grow on you. Cat could always write songs that caught your attention on the first pass, but he also wrote a lot of good music that is worthy of airplay such as this tune. I think there is some "axiom" in the music business or at least ther used to be one that was something like "You have to catch their attention in 'x' bars or else" I do believe that Cat wrote from the heart and soul and thus a lot of his stuff is not formula driven.
Please more Cat. Please. But not this song. :)
wonderfull
I like a lot of Cat Stevens' music, but this is not one of my favorite songs of his. It's good to hear him added to the playlist, but there are many songs I would rather hear.
Tea for the Tillerman is one of the best folk-rock albums of all time - every track is great, including this one!
Hard Headed Woman present.
An excellent song by a great song writer. Its just too bad that his beliefs and actions caused him to lost just about all radio play and recognition. More Cat Stevens would be great to hear.