Cat Stevens — Blackness of the Night
Album: The Laughing Apple
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Released: 2017
Length: 2:56
Plays (last 30 days): 4
In the blackness of the night
I seem to wander endlessly
With a hope burning out deep inside
I'm a fugitive, community has driven me out
For this bad, bad world I'm beginning to doubt
I'm alone and there is no one by my side

In the blackness of the night
I see a shadow passing by
From the heels of an old soldier boy
There's no compromising
And his eyes are black as the sky
For this bad, bad world he is going to die
He's alone and there is no one by his side

In the blackness of the night
I see a sparkle of a star
From the sweet silver tear of a child
And she's clutching at a photograph of long, long ago
When her parents were happy she was too young to know
She's alone and there is no one by her side

I'm alone and there is no one by my side

In the blackness of the night
I seem to wander endlessly
With a hope burning out deep inside
I'm a fugitive, community has driven me out
For this bad, bad world I'm beginning to doubt
I'm alone, and there is no one by my side
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Not my cup of tea!
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
A shell of his former self, after all the transitions in his life. Sorry, not the 'Cat' I embraced from his golden years.
 
A bit of a selfish statement don't you think? He grew up! He changed! didn't you too? Did you expect him to be exactly the same prior to his departure from the biz? 
Silly comment.
Thought this was from Tea for the Tillerman at first.  Surprised to see on the new album but makes sense if this was a remake of an earlier song.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
A shell of his former self, after all the transitions in his life. Sorry, not the 'Cat' I embraced from his golden years.
 
I had a different reaction.  My thought was that this was consistent with his older work.  It could easily have been included on his older albums.
hits home deep
A shell of his former self, after all the transitions in his life. Sorry, not the 'Cat' I embraced from his golden years.
 lizardking wrote:

Good to hear new (old) Cat again.  Not sure how many tracks from this new album were conceived back in the 60s...still I like it.

I will say for a brief moment I had a "is BillG really playing Kenny Rogers 'The Gambler'?" - Cat's voice as aged fairly well :-)

BoFiS wrote:

About half of the tracks on this album were recorded and released early in Cat's career, including this one, which is much different in it's original version, give it a listen on his New Masters album from 1967!

 
Great suggestion, BoFiS - I've only recently started to dig into the (old, as in when he was young) Cat work and will for sure check it out.

Long Live RP!!

 lizardking wrote:

Good to hear new (old) Cat again.  Not sure how many tracks from this new album were conceived back in the 60s...still I like it.

I will say for a brief moment I had a "is BillG really playing Kenny Rogers 'The Gambler'?" - Cat's voice as aged fairly well :-)



 
About half of the tracks on this album were recorded and released early in Cat's career, including this one, which is much different in it's original version, give it a listen on his New Masters album from 1967!
Rather boring song, if you ask me!
Song is growing on me. It's a humanitarian, caring expression. 
 steeler wrote:
Welcome back, Cat.  Wondering what he might have been producing musically all those years he chose to pursue a different path. 

 
This reminds somewhat of his pre-conversion material but the production is not as good.  Darker, but the song title says that clearly.
No score from me just yet.  Need another listen or 2.
 kingart wrote:
Almost a downer. 
But a brilliant, truthful downer. 
After a few listens, I might demote the Cat, whom I have always admired. But that's a fine tune here. 

 
What he said. I like this song more on each play. That's a thoughtful piece of work right there. 

Good to hear new (old) Cat again.  Not sure how many tracks from this new album were conceived back in the 60s...still I like it.

I will say for a brief moment I had a "is BillG really playing Kenny Rogers 'The Gambler'?" - Cat's voice as aged fairly well :-)


Welcome back, Cat.  Wondering what he might have been producing musically all those years he chose to pursue a different path. 
Saw Cat play this live this week- a fabulous show. He described this as a song he wrote in 1967 as a protest song about the plight of refugees. Very relevant 50 years later.
hmmmm, knew immediately it was Cat, interesting music in a way 'cept for the bit of funereal organ  : (

a year ago:

Almost a downer. 
But a brilliant, truthful downer. 
After a few listens, I might demote the Cat, whom I have always admired. But that's a fine tune here. 
Almost a downner. 
But a brilliant, truthful downer. 
After a few listens, I might demote the Cat, whom I have always admired. But that's a fine tune here. 
Great that this is getting RP airplay
I just started listening to this album yesterday. Not sure what I think yet. Thanks for playing him!