Cat Stevens — Where Do The Children Play
Album: Tea for the Tillerman
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:46
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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
Till 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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 SeriousLee wrote:
Where do the children play? In the political forums. That's where the children play.

 
True for the States especially these days.How about we make him stop fuzzing around with our children's playground called earth! Let the innocent children play, make the destructive egoists disappear.
 
Whoo, I feel there's a song in this as well - a sad one, though.
It's a little dusty in here....{#Cry}
Cat Stevens was/is a really great amalgam: gruff manly voice with some tender emotional lyrics. 

An important part of this complete breakfast... I mean, adolescence. I got so lucky to have grown up in the 70s.
Back in 5th grade, I made a slide show to this song about pollution and protecting our planet.  More than 50 years later, seems like I need to do it again.  Sad, but a great song nonetheless.
Just came back from seeing "The Post" and it was superb; timely protest at its finest! Just like Cat back in the day... There was a hip priest at church when I was a kid who used to play acoustic guitar and sing this and other protest songs to us... Lo, The Flux of History
 westslope wrote:
Gee, I dunno.  Salman Rushdie is a pompous blowhard. 
Terrific song.
 
{#Roflol}
Found a Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs release of this album the other day.  Got a few crack and pops for sure but still oohh so good.
 SeriousLee wrote:
Where do the children play? In the political forums. That's where the children play.

 
I've noticed that, too.
linz_bobinz wrote:
My parents played this album a lot during my childhood. How fitting!

 
Me too... so sweet memories!{#Hug}
Such a classic album!
 sunflowerbee wrote:
{#Meditate}

 
{#Notworthy}  {#Sunny} 
My parents played this album a lot during my childhood. How fitting!
Where do the children play? In the political forums. That's where the children play.
 westslope wrote:
Gee, I dunno.  Salman Rushdie is a pompous blowhard. 

Terrific song.

 
So...Off with his head?
{#Meditate}
Beautiful.
Outstanding album for me too         Peace 
Ah Cat...or Yusuf.  Such a sweet tune; set of them actually, from that period back in the day. 

Back in the naivete of my youth I thought you were touching upon something profound.  Here's the strange thing.  I think this still and I am well on past those times.  The profound is timeless in its scope, and it reaches out to each and every one of us in a fashion most suitable to our feeling its touch. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 adpucci wrote:

only apparently he never said that.

 
 
Exactly!  This was a rumor perpetuated for years during a period when Cat Stevens had given up music and was not in the public sphere. 

"I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini—and still don’t. —Cat Stevens"