The Very Best Of Cat Stevens
 

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  1. MATTHEW AND SON
  2. THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST
  3. LADY D'ARBANVILLE
  4. I'VE GOT A THING ABOUT SEEING MY GRANDSON GROW OLD
  5. WILD WORLD
  6. WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY
  7. HARD HEADED WOMAN
  8. FATHER AND SON
  9. THE WIND
  10. MORNING HAS BROKEN
  11. MOONSHADOW
  12. PEACE TRAIN
  13. SITTING
  14. CAN'T KEEP IT IN
  15. FOREIGNER SUITE (EXCERPT)
  16. OH VERY YOUNG
  17. ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT
  18. MAJIK OF MAJIKS
  19. OLD SCHOOLYARD (Remember the days of the)
  20. JUST ANOTHER NIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

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MATTHEW AND SON

Up at eight, you can't be late for
Matthew & Son, he won't wait.
Watch them run down to platform one.
And the eight-thirty train to
Matthew & Son.
 
Matthew & Son,
the work's never done,
there's always something new
The files in your head,
you take them to bed,
you're never ever through
And they've been working
all day, all day, all day
 
There's a five minute break
and that's all you take,
for a cup of cold coffee
and a piece of cake
 
Matthew & Son,
the work's never done,
there's always something new
The files in your head,
you take them to bed,
you're never ever through
And they've been working
all day, all day, all day
 
He's got people who've been working
for fifty years
No one asks for more money
cause nobody cares
Even though they're pretty low
and their rent's in arrears
Matthew & Son, Matthew & Son,
Matthew & Son, Matthew & Son,
And they've been working
all day, all day, all day!

 

 

 

 

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THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST

I would have given you all of my heart.
But there's someone who's torn it apart.
And she's taking almost all that I've got.
But if you want, I'll try to love again.
Baby I'll try to love again but I know.
 
The first cut is the deepest, baby I know.
The first cut is the deepest,
'cause when it comes to being lucky she's cursed.
When it comes to loving me she's worst.
But when it comes to being loved, she's first.
That's how I know.
The first cut is the deepest, baby I know
The first cut is the deepest.
 
I still want you by my side.
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried.
Cause I'm sure gonna give you a try.
And if you want, I'll try to love again.
But baby, I'll try to love again, but I know.
 
The first cut is the deepest, baby I know.
The first cut is the deepest,
'cause when it comes to being lucky she's cursed.
When it comes to loving me she's worst.
But when it comes to being loved, she's first.
That's how I know.
The first cut is the deepest, baby I know.
The first cut is the deepest.

 

 

 

 

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LADY D'ARBANVILLE

My Lady d'Arbanville
Why do you sleep so still?
I'll wake you tomorrow
And you will be my fill
Yes you will be my fill
 
My Lady d'Arbanville
Why does it grieve me so?
But your heart seems so silent
Why do you breathe so low?
Why do you breathe so low?
 
My Lady d'Arbanville
Why do you sleep so still?
I'll wake you tomorrow
And you will be my fill
Yes you will be my fill
 
My Lady d'Arbanville
You look so cold tonight
Your lips feel like winter
your skin has turned to white
Your skin has turned to white
 
My Lady d'Arbanville
Why do you sleep so still?
I'll wake you tomorrow
And you will be my fill
Yes you will be my fill
 
My Lady d'Arbanville
Why do you greet me so?
But your heart seems so silent
Why do you breathe so low?
Why do you breathe so low?
 
I loved you my lady
Though in your grave you lie
I'll always be with you
This rose will never die
This rose will never die
 
I loved you my lady
Though in your grave you lie
I'll always be with you
This rose will never die
This rose will never die

 

 

 

 

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I'VE GOT A THING ABOUT SEEING MY GRANDSON GROW OLD

I buy the nicest things
from a super market store
Vitamin land and marzipan and
I know just what they're all for
I've organized my useless life
in a way I've never done before
Even visit the dentist now
 
But I've got no time
for silly chitter chatter
I'm on my way
Cause while my blood's still warm
and my mind doesn't matter
I'm hoping to stay
'Cause I've got a thing about
seeing my grandson grow old
 
I just can't wait to see
that city on the moon
With air conditioned gardens
that'll play your favorite tune
I'll see my feet upon that street
if it's the last thing that I'll do
Even sweep the roads to be there
 
But I've got no time
for silly chitter chatter
I'm on my way
Cause while my blood's still warm
and my mind doesn't matter
I'm hoping to stay
'Cause I've got a thing about
seeing my grandson grow old
 
I'll see my feet upon that street
if it's the last thing that I'll do
Even sweep the roads to be there
 
But I've got no time
for silly chitter chatter
I'm on my way
Cause while my blood's still warm
and my mind doesn't matter
I'm hoping to stay
'Cause I've got a thing about
seeing my grandson grow old

 

 

 

 

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WILD WORLD

Now that I've lost everything to you
You say you wanna start something new
And it's breakin' my heart you're leavin'
Baby, I'm grievin'
But if you wanna leave, take good care
Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there
 
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl
 
You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do
And it's breakin' my heart in two
Because I never wanna see you a sad girl
Don't be a bad girl
But if you wanna leave, take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware
 
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl
 
Baby, I love you
But if you wanna leave, take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware
 
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl
 
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl

 

 

 

 

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WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY

Well I think it's fine building Jumbo planes,
or taking a ride on a cosmic train,
switch on summer from a slot machine,
yes get what you want to, if you want,
'cause you can get anything.
 
I know we've come a long way,
we're changing day to day,
but tell me where do the children play?
 
Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass,
for your lorry loads pumping petrol gas,
and you make them long and you make them tough,
but they just go on and on and
it seems that you can't get off.
 
Oh, I know we've come a long way,
we're changing day to day,
but tell me where do the children play?
 
Well you've cracked the sky,
scrapers fill the air,
but will you keep on building higher
'til there's no more room up there.
Will you make us laugh,
will you make us cry,
will you tell us when to live,
will you tell us when to die.
 
I know we've come a long way,
we're changing day to day,
but tell me where do the children play?

 

 

 

 

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HARD HEADED WOMAN

I'm looking for a hard headed woman
One who will take me for myself
And if I find my hard headed woman
I will 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
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
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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FATHER AND SON

Father ;
It's not time to make a change
Just relax take it easy
You're still young that's your fault
there's so much you have to know
Find a girl settle down
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old but I'm happy
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
Son ;
How can I try to explain
'cause 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
I know I have to go
Father ;
It's not time
to make a change
Just sit down
take it slowly
You're still young
that's your fault,
there's so much
you have to go through
Find a girl settle down
if you want
you can marry,
Look at me
I am old but I'm happy
  Son ;
Away
away
away,
 
 
I know
I have to
make this
decision
alone
 
no
 
Son ;
All the times
that I've cried
keeping all the things
I knew inside
It's hard,
but it's
harder to ignore it
 
 
If they were right
I'd agree
but it's them they know
not me
Now there's a way
and I know
that I have to go away
I know I have to go.
  Father ;
Stay
stay
stay,
 
why
must
 
you go and
make this
decision
 
alone?
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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THE WIND

I listen to the wind
to the wind of my soul
Where I'll end up well I think
only God really knows
I've sat upon the setting sun
But never, never never never
I never wanted water once
No, never, never, never
 
I listen to my words but
they fall far below
I let my music take me where
my heart wants to go
I swam upon the devil's lake
But never, never never never
I'll never make the same mistake
No, never, never, never

 

 

 

 

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MORNING HAS BROKEN

Morning has broken
Like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them 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
 
Morning has broken
Like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word

 

 

 

 

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MOONSHADOW

I'm being followed by a moonshadow
moonshadow — moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
moonshadow — moonshadow
 
And if I ever lose my hands
lose my plough, lose my land
Oh if I ever lose my hands
Oh if · · ·
I won't have to work no more
 
And if I ever lose my eyes
if my colours all run dry
Yes if I ever lose my eyes
Oh if · · ·
I won't have to cry no more
 
And if I ever lose my legs
I won't moan, and I won't beg
Yes if I ever lose my legs
Oh if · · ·
I won't have to walk no more
 
And if I ever lose my mouth
all my teeth, north and south
Yes if I ever lose my mouth
Oh if · · ·
I won't have to talk · · ·
 
Did it take long to find me
I asked the faithful light
Did it take long to find me
And are you going to stay the night
 
I'm being followed by a moonshadow
moonshadow — moonshadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
moonshadow — moonshadow
moonshadow — moonshadow
moonshadow — moonshadow

 

 

 

 

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PEACE TRAIN

Now I've been happy lately
thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
something good has begun
 
Oh I've been smiling lately
dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
some day it's going to come
 
Cause out on the edge of darkness
there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take — this country
come take me home again
 
Now I've been smiling lately
thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
something good has begun
 
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train
 
Get your bags together
go bring your good friends too
Cause it's getting nearer
it soon will be with you
Come and join the living
it's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer
soon it will all be true
 
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
 
Now I've been crying lately
thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating
why can't we live in bliss
Cause out on the edge of darkness
there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country
come take me home again
 
Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller
Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on come on come on
Yes come on the peace train
Yes it's the peace train
Come on now peace train
Oh, please train · · ·

 

 

 

 

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SITTING

Oh I'm on my way I know I am,
somewhere not so far from here
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hair
Sitting on my own not by myself,
everybody's here with me
I don't need to touch your face to know,
and I don't need to use my eyes to see
I keep on wondering if I sleep too long,
will I always wake up the same (or so)?
And keep on wondering if I sleep too long,
will I even wake up again or something
 
Oh I'm on my way I know I am,
but times there were when I thought not
Bleeding half my soul in bad company,
I thank the moon I had the strength to stop
I'm not making love to anyone's wishes,
only for that light I see
Cause when I'm dead and lowered low in my grave,
that's gonna be the only thing that's left of me
And if I make it to the waterside,
will I even find me a boat (or so)?
And if I make it to the waterside,
I'll be sure to write you a note or something
 
Oh I'm on my way I know I am,
somewhere not so far from here
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hair
Oh 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 going to wind up where you started from
You're going to wind up where you started from

 

 

 

 

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CAN'T KEEP IT IN

Oh I can't keep it in
I can't keep it and
I've gotta let it out
I've gotta show the world
world's gotta see
See all the love,
love that's in me
I said, why walk alone,
Why worry when it's warm over here
You've got so much to say,
say what you mean,
Mean what you're thinking,
and think anything
Oh why,
why must you waste your life away
You've got to live for today,
Then let it go oh
Lover,
I want to spend this time with you
There's nothing I wouldn't do,
If you let me know
 
And I can't keep it in,
I can't hide it and
I can't lock it away
I'm up for your love,
love heats my blood
Blood spins my head,
and my head falls in love
 
No I can't keep it in,
I can't keep it and
I've gotta let it out
I've gotta show the world,
world's got to know
Know of the love,
love that lies low,
So why can't you say,
If you know then
why can't you say
You've got too much deceit
and deceit kills the light
Light needs to shine,
I said shine light, shine light
Love,
that's no way to live your life
You allow too much to go by,
And that won't do —no
Lover,
I want to have you here by my side
Now don't you run don't you hide,
While I'm with you
 
'N I can't keep it in,
can't keep it in
I've gotta let it out
I've gotta show the world,
world's got to see
See all the love,
love that's in me
I said why walk alone,
Why worry when its warm over here
You got so much to say,
say what you mean
Mean what you're thinking
and think anything, why not!
Now why why why not!

 

 

 

 

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FOREIGNER SUITE (EXCERPT)

There are no words
I can use
Because the meaning
Still leaves for you to choose
And I couldn't stand
To let them be abused,
By you...you
 
Oh darling, you see my face
But it's in my heart
That's where it's taking place
And I couldn't stand To let it go to waste
Can you...you
 
Oh love, sweet blue love
No man can ever get enough
But maybe one day
we'll all die in love
Will you...you
 
Oh love, sweet love, my...(love)
Sweet blue love
(No man can ever get enough
But maybe one day
we'll all die in love)
 
Oh babe, understand
Take my love
that's all I have at hand
Please say you will ...
Don't say you can't
Oh Will you?
Will you?
Will you?

 

 

 

 

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OH VERY YOUNG

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 daddys best jeans
Denim Blue fading up to the sky
And though you want him to last forever
You know he never will (You know he 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
 
Oh very young
What will you leave us this time
Youre only dancing on this earth for a short while
Oh very young
What will you leave us this time

 

 

 

 

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ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT

Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way.
 
I got in town a month ago
I seen a lot of girls since then,
If I could meet 'em I could get 'em
But as yet I haven't met 'em
That's how I'm in the state I'm in
 
Oh another Saturday night and I ain't go nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way.
 
Another fella told me
He has a sister that looked just fine
Instead of bein' my deliv'rance
She had a strange resem'blance
To a cat named Frankenstein.

Another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way

 

 

 

 

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MAJIK OF MAJIKS

What kind of power,
What kind of demon is this
Who kicks me out in shame,
With every word he says
What kind of majik of majiks.
 
What kind of war is this,
That I can't fight no more
That leaves me weaponless,
And nails me to the floor
 
What kind of power, of powers
What kind of man—
Can make me turn and see
The way I really am
Oh tell me who, oh who?
 
Where have my brothers gone,
Why I don't see them about
They're all around him now
And keeping me out
 
What kind of madness, of madness
"Go on and let him in, he's only asking for
A simple job to do and nothing more" they said
But looking back
I see this stranger had the key
To any door he wished, with his eyes I say
 
What kind of majiks, of majiks
What kind of man—
Can make me turn and see
the way I really am
Oh tell me who, oh who?
 
"Go on and let him in, he's only asking for
A simple job to do and nothing more" they said.
"Go on and let him in"
"Go on and let him in, he's only asking for
A simple job to do and nothing more"
But looking back
I see this stranger had the key
To any door.

 

 

 

 

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(Remember the days of the) OLD SCHOOLYARD

Remember the days of the old schoolyard
We used to laugh a lot, oh don't you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
When we had imaginings
and we had all kinds of things
and we laughed and needed love... yes, I do,
Oh and I remember you
 
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
We used to cry a lot, oh don't you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
When we had simplicity
and we had warm toast for tea
and we laughed and needed love.. yes, I do,
Oh and I remember you
 
You were my sweet love, my first sweet love
My lovey dove, my love lovey dove
No matter what place, whichever the place
I still see your face, your smiling face
In childish dreams, inside my dreams
Like King and Queen, God save our dreams
N'though time may fade, though time may fade
It ain't never too late, to learn about love
Learn about love
 
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
We used to laugh a lot, oh don't you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
When we had imaginings
and we had all kinds of things
and we laughed and needed love... yes, I do
Oh and I remember you

 

 

 

 

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JUST ANOTHER NIGHT

I remember standing here
right on this very same site
I was dying but for you
it was just another night
You once rocked me in your world
You bought me my first shoes
I was just another lonely child
Oh and you were much amused
 
So you took me and you dressed me well
All for your friends to see
Drained my body calmly till
there was no more left in me
Then you walked out and you cut me cold
Out on the road somewhere
Why it happened well I don't know
and I still have no idea
 
But everybody needs a friend sometimes
you need a little help
And who knows maybe one day you'll seek mine
only time will tell
You once held me in your arms
You made me feel so right
I was flying but for you
it was just another night
 
But everybody needs a little help
whether or not you think you really do
Everybody needs a little help
now the time has come for you
 
I ain't looking to fight no wars
No more talking trash
I'm not seeking any more pain
'cause I've had enough of that
But don't you worry it's alright
If you should come around
any night or any day
I won't ever let you down
  

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