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Cat Stevens sang what was in my heart when I was a teen

Taken in Cat Stevens’ office in Curzon Street, London, in 1974.













Oh, I loved Cat Stevens.  In high school, I took a class called Rock Poetry where we delved deep into his poetry for a whole semester, along with the Beatles and a few others.  I was in high school from 1971-1975.

He grew up in the theater district in London with a Greek father and a Swedish mother.  He was a sensitive and talented musician at an early age.  Over the years he has changed with his spiritual journey, which included a near death experience.

I can’t explain his history and the many changes that he experienced better than his own biography on his website.


I can say how he deeply moved me with his music.  My soul sang with Cat Stevens many, many times.  I was devastated when he stopped singing and stopped being Cat Stevens.  Now, I understand more of his story.  As a young girl it was so painful!

Morning Has Broken As Sung by Cat Stevens

lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day






Photo from 2009 – http://www.yusufislam.com/gallery/


Here is a television show that goes into the story of Yusuf’s change and experiences.  It is great.

Sally K Witt
Social Media and Ministry

  1. FAD
    April 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    This is the first time I hear about Cat Stevens and I like his song.

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks you for visiting FAD. I am glad that you know about Cat Stevens now.

  2. April 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This is amazing…I knew he’d converted to Islam but really didn’t quite know why or anything. Thank you for sharing.

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks Rhia. He has been on my mind, and I was happy to find so much information.

  3. maryehaight
    April 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I used to listen to him for hours – I don’t know if I still have the vinyl LPs – but his thoughtful lyrics touched me. I remembered bits and pieces of his story of change, and it was nice to get the rest – thanks Sally!

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Wonderful to get your comment, Mary. I am so grateful that we have youtube so we can look up anything now! LOL

  4. April 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    One of the classic songs of ages ago. They don’t make them like that any more.

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks for the visit and comment, David.

  5. Joan King
    April 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Honey,
    Dad and I also loved and still do, his music. We were sorry to hear when he stopped performing and writing, also. You just may have been hearing his music at home!!! Love, Mom

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Hi Mom, I never knew that before! Hugs, Sally

  6. Liz
    April 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I love Cat Stevens! My parents listened to him when I was little and I still love his stuff. 🙂

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Thanks for your note, Liz. Nice to know that you love his music as well.

  7. April 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    My husband likes his music and has since he was younger. I like heavier, harder music myself so I was never much of a fan. It’s a wonderful feeling when music speaks to you. 🙂

    • April 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks for the comment Joanne. Yes, everyone’s taste is different!

  8. April 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Ah the sound track of my youth! Got a soft spot for Cat Stevens must say – I didn’t know he’d started recording again!

    • April 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks for the visit and the comment Lis!

  9. April 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    “In high school, I took a class called Rock Poetry where we delved deep into his poetry for a whole semester, along with the Beatles and a few others.”

    This reminds me – in college I took a philosophy class that was all about Star Trek!

    Thanks for the lovely tribute, Sally!

    • April 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks for the visit Debra. When I was in college, our whole dorm would watch Star Trek together every day. We knew every line! The dorm was very radical at the time – male and female students together, called the IDC – Intentional Democratic Community. Yeah, we were hippies!

  10. April 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Oh Sally I loved Cat Stevens too. I went to HS from 1969-1973. His song “Wild World” came out right after my first HS crush broke up with me. I would listen to it in my room and cry, cry, cry!

    • April 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Janice, thanks for sharing! I love it as we get to know each other bettter through our blogs and posts,

  11. April 16, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Interesting! Didn’t know he’d converted, which is surprising since my hubby is a pretty big fan.

    • April 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Thanks Bethany. I understand now why he just disappeared on us!

  12. myln100
    April 16, 2012 at 4:04 am

    After reading his biography, his father was actually a Greek Cypriot. I am Very suprised since I never heard that he had Cypriot roots..That reminds me of George Michael who has a similar story..Cypriot father, lived in London, celebrity…The song was also great.

    • April 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Hi myln100 – thank you for pointing that out. Very interesting! I appreciate George Michael’s talent as well.

  13. April 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    This was a bit before my time, but I enjoyed the song. He sings it well.

    • April 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks for taking time to hang out with those of us a bit older! LOL. Glad you got to enjoy his song.

  14. Mindy Koch
    April 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I loved, loved, loved Cat Stevens!! Ride on the Peace Train – It’s a Wild World – Morning Has Broken – so many, great songs! I am impressed that he was able to live his convictions and turn his back on his music career.

  15. April 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love Cat Stevens` music…. my mom used to play him for me when I was younger!

    • April 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Courtney. Great to get your comment.

  16. April 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I think my Father used to love his music! Thanks for sharing your insight Sally! 🙂

    • April 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by Jason!

  17. April 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Love his music, Thanks for sharing Sally

    • April 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

      I am so happy that you stopped by Mick!

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