Cat Stevens – Peace Train

“I’ve been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is,” sang Cat Stevens in 1971. This description of political life is usually followed by a prescription for change. Together, the two parts form an ideology.

While it may be beyond the scope of a rock song to demand it clearly point the way for peace, we can still ask, what will make everyone feel voluntarily compelled to purchase a ticket for this train? And further, perhaps a train as an old technology is not the best means to end war.

Cat, nonetheless, has walked the walk, devoting himself since his official retirement from the music business, to philanthropic causes.

His conversion to Islam in 1977 and subsequent seeming rise of this faith being connected to terrorism made many question the man’s commitment to peace. It must be said following the September 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, that he did call such an atrocity contrary to the Qur’an (to Rolling Stone magazine).

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3 thoughts on “Cat Stevens – Peace Train

  1. I don’t understand who he has become; I cannot process that. But this song reminds me of eating tofu sandwiches at the original Whole Foods and the smell of patchouli at brunch parties in the 70s.

  2. Thanks for commenting. I imagine a lot of people share your sentiments about Cat’s conversion. I understand his recent music is still engaging, even if coming from a very different place.

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