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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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
Particularly difficult to hear this after seeing the front page of this morning's New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/14/world/middleeast/kimmelman-images-of-aleppo.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 
 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"
 WonderLizard wrote:

I'll never forget the image of Harold and his banjo on the seaside cliff.

 
"Alot of people enjoy being DEAD"  But they are't dead really{#Roflol}
 Gegenschein wrote:
HIS VOICE......melting away...... it goes through every single cell......very sexy

 
Still sounds great, when he played at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction a couple years ago, it was like he had not lost a beat.
 melzabutch wrote:

Awesome album and reminds me of this awesome film. 



 
I'll never forget the image of Harold and his banjo on the seaside cliff.
 jmkate wrote:
He has given us some pretty great music.

 
Absof...lutely agree.... 
HIS VOICE......melting away...... it goes through every single cell......very sexy

This a fine reflection of the prior generation, and a good one at that.


 adpucci wrote:

only apparently he never said that.

 
 
Are you kidding? It's a direct quote. You can watch the interview for yourself here. The quoted section starts at about 1:40.
He has given us some pretty great music.
I am so conflicted...{#Doh}
Gee, I dunno.  Salman Rushdie is a pompous blowhard. 

Terrific song.

Awesome album and reminds me of this awesome film. 


One of the only tracks I call upon PSD anymore.
I HATE Cat Sevens.  Not even his real name.  'Course that's not unusual.  He just came along at a really bad time in my life and is associated with the worst time of my twenties. So don't kill anybody but I call economic fatwa on the Cat.
 Shimmer wrote:
This guy's support of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie disqualifies him in my eyes. I just can't enjoy his music any more.

Q: You don't think that this man deserves to die?
Cat Stevens: Who, Salman Rushdie?

Q: Yes.
Cat Stevens: Yes, yes.

Q: Would you be part of that protest, Yusuf Islam, would you go to a demonstration where you knew that an effigy was going to be burned?
Cat Stevens: I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens%27_comments_about_Salman_Rushdie

 
only apparently he never said that.

 

Beautiful song from a really great album.  Just amazing ....

 
Saw Cat Stevens at an impromptu show at Worcester Polytech in 1970.  Everyone sat on the floor in a small hall.  One light in the room on him.  It was surreal and sublime.
 By_The_Bay wrote:

She's at the zoo with her grandkids.

 
{#Roflol}
 By_The_Bay wrote:

She's at the zoo with her grandkids.

 
Hah! Reality check!
 max_p wrote:
Memories of this as a 1974 high school party, stoned  make out song. Debbie, where are you now?

 
She's at the zoo with her grandkids.
There's an Eels song that echoes the melodic theme of this that I really like, and I can't deny that Cat sure was on top back in the day.
This guy's support of the fatwa against Salman Rushdie disqualifies him in my eyes. I just can't enjoy his music any more.

Q: You don't think that this man deserves to die?
Cat Stevens: Who, Salman Rushdie?

Q: Yes.
Cat Stevens: Yes, yes.

Q: Would you be part of that protest, Yusuf Islam, would you go to a demonstration where you knew that an effigy was going to be burned?
Cat Stevens: I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens%27_comments_about_Salman_Rushdie
Great to see him get into the R&R Hall of fame this year.  He still sounds GREAT afyer all of these years http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-cat-looks-back-yusuf-islam-on-his-rock-hall-of-fame-honor-20140404
hate his voice....
Possession of a stolen shovel.
 steeler wrote:


Hmmm . . .
What did 25 or 6 to 4 say to you?  
 
Yup, I often got to bed that late.

... and certainly not getting laid as often as Cat Stevens.


Yousuf Islam Version - What an Amazing Voice
Memories of this as a 1974 high school party, stoned  make out song. Debbie, where are you now?

Just got off phone with insurance agent having health coverage and deductibles explained...

This song has different meaning today than long ago drinking Boones Farm and eating KFC....


 Hasan wrote:
I was 16 when this came out.

Abraxas spoke to me.   Let it Bleed spoke to me.   Ummagumma spoke to me.  Chicago Transit Authority spoke to me.  Woodstock spoke to me.  Band of Gypsies spoke to me.   Stand Up spoke to me.  Disraeli Gears spoke to me.  Zepp II spoke to me.   Live at Leeds spoke to me.   Morrison Hotel spoke to me.   ELP spoke to me.   Lizard spoke to me.   Gasoline Alley spoke to me.

No room for Cat Stevens in that crowd.  He was simply too thin, pallid and shallow.  Still is.

 

Hmmm . . .


What did 25 or 6 to 4 say to you?  
Memories of sitting in the studio, oil paint and cigarettes and this album repeat.  I can almost smell it.
 Hasan wrote:
I was 16 when this came out.

Abraxas spoke to me.   Let it Bleed spoke to me.   Ummagumma spoke to me.  Chicago Transit Authority spoke to me.  Woodstock spoke to me.  Band of Gypsies spoke to me.   Stand Up spoke to me.  Disraeli Gears spoke to me.  Zepp II spoke to me.   Live at Leeds spoke to me.   Morrison Hotel spoke to me.   ELP spoke to me.   Lizard spoke to me.   Gasoline Alley spoke to me.

No room for Cat Stevens in that crowd.  He was simply too thin, pallid and shallow.  Still is.

 
Well stated, and still is.  I was a little older than 16, and if a girl liked Cat Stevens, I looked for a new girl.  That part is still true, too.
Cat Stevens is alive in these songs, if you decide an artist is dead that's it... they're dead. or else you can hear the songs they wrote, or see the artwork, and appreciate those strong moments
 Highlowsel wrote:
VERY MUCH SO!



 


 On_The_Beach wrote:
Still topical today (41 years later) . . .

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?

*******

ABSO'FREAKIN'LUTELY it's still topical.

Highlow
American Net'Zen