JUKEBOX | PEACE TRAIN | CAT STEVENS

Posted on December 8, 2015 by Trace

 —  J U K E B O X  —
P E A C E  T R A I N 
 CAT  STEVENS  

 The lyrics to this song from 1971,
speak of coming out of a war-torn world together on a quest for peace.

Although the tune was written and released in the thick of the Vietnam War era, the lyrics ring just as true these days as they did 40 years ago.

1035x1556-catstevens-3-1800-1386940903They talk about the power of community and getting together to make peace regardless of what’s going on around us.
This became a hippie anthem, and was often used by protesters to spread a message of peace.

Stevens with Carly Simons whom he dated on & off for 7 months in 1971

“Musically, I was revisiting a very Greek-sounding riff – the kind of thing you’d hear on a Greek island. The words were attached to that time, my peace anthem. It ended every show that I did and was quite a show stopper. It was a very important song for me because it stated one of the big goals of my life which was heading straight for that peace.”
– Cat Stevens (who has changed his name to Yusuf Islam) said of this song when he appeared on The Chris Isaak Hour in 2009.

Although Stevens was beginning to experience some success as a pop star, he longed to release some of his more seasoned tracks. His record company – Decca – declined, insisting that Stevens had been positioned to appeal to a teen audience and should continue in this vein. Stevens became disenchanted with what he considered the shallowness of his ventures.

21161020d61a3df927f67278e0408c6aRingo Starr, Lulu, David Bowie and Cat Stevens 70s

The blow knocked Stevens into a depression, and the star self-medicated with alcohol. The stresses of his newfound work and his hard-partying lifestyle took an additional toll on his health, and by 1968 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. A three-month stint in the hospital (and a lengthy convalescence) gave Stevens time to reflect on his chosen path and reevaluate his approach to life.

tumblr_m4yc860QBM1r8r10h tumblr_nip0cbcIcF1snb6qwo1_r1_1280For more on Cat Stevens and his Conversion to Islam, as well as changing his name to Yusuf Islam in 1977, read more from story source here

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LYRICS | 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

Now come and join the living,
it’s not so far from you

And it’s getting nearer,
soon it will all be true

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.

‘Peace Train’ was a Top 10 hit for Stevens in 1971 the year of the album’s release.
It peaked at number 7 on the Billboard chart.

Further story source here

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