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Al Stewart – Year of the cat


The version with the piano solo in the beginning. Lyrics: On a morning from a Bogart movie In a country where they turn back time You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre Contemplating a crime She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running Like a watercolour in the rain Don’t bother asking for explanations She’ll just tell you that she came In the year of the cat. She doesn’t give you time for questions As she locks up your arm in hers And you follow ’till your sense of which direction Completely disappears By the blue tiled walls near the market stalls There’s a hidden door she leads you to These days, she says, I feel my life Just like a river running through The year of the cat She looks at you so cooly And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea She comes in incense and patchouli So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside The year of the cat. Well morning comes and you’re still with her And the bus and the tourists are gone And you’ve thrown away the choice and lost your ticket So you have to stay on But the drum-beat strains of the night remain In the rhythm of the new-born day You know sometime you’re bound to leave her BUt for now you’re going to stay In the year of the cat.

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25 комм. на “Al Stewart – Year of the cat”

  1. pixbyeli:

    As a sixteen year old, I am so happy I first heard this song on my last.fm station or I might have never heard the amazing Al Stewart. Every one of his songs sets a mood, and takes me away somewhere. It is some amazing combination of lyrics and music. The only other artist that I know that starts to do this in the same way is Billy Joel. I love other artists just as much as Al Stewart, but he does something special with his songs.

  2. MrPLASTERM66:

    1977 song….

  3. pmc618:

    @alrozz – It will ALWAYS be a killer.

  4. 113VANNI:


  5. ShinmeiSchwert:

    i’m nineteen now … and i heard that songs around 7 years ago .. and still remember it … i love this song very much .. it went with me through the time of harry potter <3 … and i still remember parts of the book when i listen to just this song <3

  6. Multi80schick:

    @tobalcainalhambra I took about 2 years’ worth of spanish in college, and learned that the enunciations of certain words are even different than the way they’re pronounced in Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc., so there’s a lot more going on there. Our professor spent some time over there and told us the difference. They also only learn 5 verb forms as opposed to your 6. Interesting regional differences, writing aside.

  7. tobalcainalhambra:

    @Multi80schick Here in Spain, people ussually doesn’t even know how to write spanish properly, due to historical inter regional conflicts, it’s sad :(

  8. Bella9026:

    Katy, I love you and nobody will hurt you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. laurapiotti:

    Lyrics misprint? Should be «You know sometime you’re bound to LOSE her…» I think.

  10. Multi80schick:

    @tobalcainalhambra Well, it sounds a bit similar, really. My spanish isn’t very good either, but would like to become fluent in it like my niece. So many people are bilingual these days in America, especially spanish, that being able to speak two different languages well would definitely be an asset. It’s a beautiful language! :-)

  11. tobalcainalhambra:

    @Multi80schick sorry, in spanish we call »Estética» (Esthetic) the brand of philosophy that studies where or what is the beauty, the quality of art, etc. Thought it would be the same in English.

  12. kdr26554:

    That looks like Eddie Van Halen playing piano.. haha..

  13. Multi80schick:

    @tobalcainalhambra Antiesthetic? A term I»ve not heard, but looked up. Esthetic itself is defined as the loving of the beauty, especially art. LOL, I wouldn’t call Gaga and Eminem beautiful. I guess this is all subjective, and every generation has their own. We stick with what we know mostly and, if we’re really lucky, we’ll continue to find something current down the line that suits our palate as well. This past year I have chosen that pleasing artist to be Rumer, so there you have it.

  14. tobalcainalhambra:

    @Multi80schick Aren’t my tastes influened by media if i just systematically ignore lady gaga and eminem? It’s antiesthetic, ¿do i like media music? The answer seems to be no, just because people like it.

  15. mgpsicodelico:

    Muito Boa essa Música !!!!!!!!!!!

  16. CharIiePresents:

    @Multi80schick Exactly lol :P

  17. Multi80schick:

    @CharIiePresents LOL, I can pretty much guarantee that will happen, given how history repeats itself! :-)

  18. Mr760awesomeness:

    Man I love this song.

  19. CharIiePresents:

    @Multi80schick Absolutely, when my generation is older we will probably be saying the same things!

  20. Multi80schick:

    @CharIiePresents Oh, I suppose you’re right, but it just seems like the 80s were the last time we saw great music–not all of it, though. I even like some new stuff, but mostly relegate myself to smooth jazz and classic rock these days. The generations before us and after us complained about the same thing. I suppose it just means we’re getting older. BUT it doesn’t mean we’re old, if you know what I mean.

  21. CharIiePresents:

    @Multi80schick I do agree with you in some respects, i also hate Lady Gaga and think that unfortunately the media controls the music tastes in many people. However i would say that tastes and trends change and people need to accept that. I definitely wouldn’t say you ‘know better’ but simply have a different taste and grew up in a different generation.

  22. bassmanjoe:

    Even better than the album version, these guys were a super tight band. Great players.

  23. bassmanjoe:

    @ab19901 Thanks for the great info…:-)

  24. ab19901:

    @bassmanjoe I can’t speak to any current «pop» performers. Can’t stand most of them, too much marketing and too little talent. There are some very talented performers from the good days of rock and pop music. The Moody Blues are touring as is Peter Noone (Herman and the Hermits). Peter White (who played the guitar intro on Stewart’s original version of «On the Border») is a smooth jazz star – well worth seeing. If you ever get the chance to see Herb Alpert, don’t pass it up – a true class act.

  25. doricat205:

    Vietnam has a Year of the Cat, all others call it The Year of the Rabbit.