Top positive review
Uniquely mature artist
on April 22, 2004
The thing about Cat Stevens' songs is that the guy was just 22 years old when he became a star. To hear the lyrics of songs like "Oh Very Young," "Hard Headed Woman," "Father & Son," and "Sitting," it's amazing to think that his peak of popularity was only five years along when the set was released in mid 1975. While almost every other singer-songwriter of that time was whining about their personal troubles or griping about the political arena, Stevens was treasuring humanity.
"Oh Very Young"
Oh very young, what will you leave us this time?
You're only dancing on this earth for a short time.
And though your dreams may toss and turn you now,
They will vanish away like your daddy's best jeans
Denim Blue fading up to the sky.
Life is like a maze of doors, and they all open from the side you're on.
Just keep on pushing hard, boy, try as you may,
You're gonna wind up where you started from.
"Hard Headed Woman"
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.
"Father & Son" is a delicate and unbelievably mature and touching song detailing a conversation between two men, Stevens singing both parts, as the father tries to give his son a simple instruction on how to handle a current life-changing situation while the younger one expresses frustration at how he can't talk to his father although he wants to.
I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,
To be calm when you've found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not.
How can I try to explain, when I do he turns away again.
It's always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen.
Now there's a way and I know that I have to go away.
That's special. If you're not very familiar with this artist but enjoy gentle music with a real heart, you've got to check this one out.