Cat Stevens is easily one of my all time favorite guitarists. He has such an incredible musical style that blends a folksy feel with more traditional rock and roll elements, the uniqueness of which skyrocketed him to the top of Billboard, making him one of the preeminent musicians of his time.
In this post, I’d like to point out two of my favorite songs by Cat Stevens: Wild World and Father and Son.
Wild World is a song about Cat Stevens and his relationship with Patti D’Arbonville, his girlfriend of several years. The song was written during their breakup, and the lyrics form a sort of farewell to an incredible pair.
The song was released in 1970 as a single, and came very close to reaching the Billboard Top 10, ranking #11 for several weeks, which was Stevens’ highest rank up until that point. Even though it didn’t quite make the top 10, it was still incredibly influential in bringing Stevens’ name to the music community in the US, and helped propel his fame.
Father and Son
Father and Son is perhaps my favorite set of lyrics ever written. I really identified with how Stevens lays out the differences in generations, and I think it’s amazing the way he bounces back and forth between the Dad and his kid during the different voices. Each sings as if they’re singing the words they wish they could say to the other, but couldn’t quite bring themselves to say.
Check out the Father and Son tab to learn how to play this great tune.
Other Favorites by Cat Stevens
Of course no list of Cat Stevens greatest hits could possibly be complete with only two songs, and it took me a while to narrow down his works to pick out my top two.
Other favorites include Morning Has Broken, which is a nice slow ballad, Peace Train, which deals with themes related to bringing troops home from Vietnam, and Cats in the Cradle, which became an instant classic.
Check out more Cat Stevens songs and get the original lyrics of his work at metrolyrics.com.