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Thank you, Cat Stevens - You Changed My Life

Thank you, Cat Stevens


Cat Stevens

NB: I know Cat Stevens has changed his name to Yusef Islam but as Cat Stevens was his stage name during this period, I’ve chosen to use that name.

This is another musical treat.

Cat Stevens wrote the sound track to an amazing, life-affirming film called Harold & Maude, in which a teenage boy falls in love with an eccentric, free spirited old lady. The film’s central theme is freedom, in all senses of the word, and Cat Stevens wrote one of my favourite ever songs to illustrate this. You can listen to it here (with lyrics, cos lyrics are important) – it’s an absolute joy and one I listen too when I’m feeling blue:

Thank you, Cat Stevens, for giving me a song that always lifts my spirits and reminds me that freedom is a choice, regardless of circumstance.

Find out more about Cat Stevens:

  • Watch Harold & Maude (nothing to do with him, apart from the soundtrack, but everyone should see this film at least once!)
  • Visit his website
  • Another week with no books… Blimey!

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  1. Julia Barnickle
    Julia Barnickle08-14-2013

    Ha ha! I thought I was the only person who had seen Harold & Maude!! A friend took me to see it in a tiny cinema in Essen, Germany, when I was a student. I think I have seen it once more since then, on TV – very weird and funny film. And I love Cat Stevens too! He’s written a lot of uplifting songs, but I don’t remember this one, so thank you for bringing it to my attention. 🙂

    • Eli

      You’re welcome – so glad to have found another Harold & Maude fan! It’s such a sweet film, and very odd as well. The soundtrack is perfect 🙂

  2. Toby

    It’s one of my favourite tunes too! Can’t help but smile and tap your foot to this one. Thank you Eli! xx

    • Eli

      You’re welcome, lovely xx

  3. Stella

    Thanks so much for reminding me of this song, and Harold and Maude! A seminal film, and song, for me – and 40 years ago changed the way I thought about everything. (LOVED Maude’s house…)

    • Eli

      Her house was AWESOME – agreed! Glad you enjoyed the post xx

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