Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken



This is Cat Stevens from the Majikat Earth Tour, 1976. Morning Has Broken is a traditional Christian hymn, with words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and set to a traditional Gaelic tune, "Bunessan," with additional music by Rick Wakeman It is from the album, Teaser and the Firecat (1972).

In addition, from the same tour, Cat Stevens plays two very well-known and wonderfully crafted songs: Oh Very Young  and Where Do the Children Play?  The former is from the album, Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974) and the latter from, Tea for the Tillerman (1970).

Album Cover: Cat Stevens' Buddha and the Chocolate Box, 1974.


Album Cover: Cat Stevens' Tea for the Tillerman, 1970


Morning has Broken
Eleanor Farjeon & Rick Wakeman

Morning has broken,
like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken,
like the first bird
Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning
Praise for the springing
fresh from the word

Sweet the rain's new fall,
sunlit from heaven
Like the first dew-fall,
on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness
where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight,
mine is the morning
Born of the one light,
Eden saw play
Praise with elation,
praise every morning
God's recreation
of the new day

Morning has broken,
like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken,
like the first bird
Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning
Praise for the springing
fresh from the word

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