I – is for Incidental Music – back to cat stevens – his old songs are still playing in my head!

II wrote about Cat Stevens song “Peace Train” on 31 March, just before the A-Z Challenge for April began, and have been wanting to slip the follow up post I’d already written, in somewhere – smile.  So this is nothing to do with Poultry or Crafts – its just for fun, and provides some incidental music, while I catch up with my orders – and – incidentally, I was amazed to get an order from Peru the other day, as well as the usual ones to the USA, UK & all parts of Europe!

‘Oh Very Young’

Cat_Stevens_Buddha_and_the_Chocolate_BoxThis is another one of the songs I have on the ‘Greatest Hits’ CD, I have for some reason,  been playing endlessly this week! (see “sometimes – the songs you you are humming – can tell you something“)

I had never seen this album cover before I found it on Wikipedia – it would seem that the roots of his conversion to Islam went back further than I’d realised!  This is an extract from their page …..

Oh Very Young” is a song composed by Cat Stevens. It was released on his 1974 album Buddha and the Chocolate Box, as well as several later “Best of…” and “Greatest Hits” albums.[1] This song that poses a question asked by future generations reached number 10 in the U.S. charts……..Actually that’s why this song is sticking around in my head – I’m not sure what the question is about?

Is this just about a teenage girl (it doesn’t sound like he’s talking to a son, or that his father is talking to him) who wants to leave home? – I doubt if he had a daughter that old in 1974.

I even wondered whether it might be about a dying child, or miscarriage?  Does anyone know?  There are very very strange allusions in the lyrics, and whilst I love the link between ‘patches’ and ‘daddy’s best jeans’ how on earth are they relevant? – or should I just say, they allude to the sky & heaven?

These are the lyrics, there are two videos below them…..one of the mature Yusuf Islam playing at a concert in The Netherlands in 2011, and one of the original version of his song.

Oh very young

What will you leave us this time?
You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while
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

And though you want them to last forever
You know they never will
You know they never will
And the patches make the goodbye harder still

Oh very young
What will you leave us this time?
There’ll never be a better chance to change your mind
And if you want this world to see a better day
Will you carry the words of love with you?
Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?

And though you want to last forever
You know you never will
You know you never will
And the goodbye makes the journey harder still

Will you carry the words of love with you?
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Oh very young
What will you leave us this time?
You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while
Oh very young
What will you leave us this time?

 

Songwriters
YUSUF ISLAM, CAT STEVENS: Published by Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

This video is the older Yusuf Islam performing the song live at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 20 May 2011.

and this is the original version

I’m not sure why the videos aren’t showing in full here, but just click on the links – they work!

Which version do you prefer?

I know which one I like best – let me know in the comments what your preference is – smile.

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