Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cat Stevens: Wild World (1976)



Cat Stevens sings “Wild World,” from his concert at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. on February 22, 1976, which is part of the 1976 Majikat  Earth Tour. Let’s go further back and hear the Cat sing it on the BBC in 1970 [here]. Now we can move forward to hearing Yusuf singing it in 2011 [here]. There is something to be said about all of the versions. Wild World, the third track on the 1970 album Tea for Tllerman, is primarily about the sadness of departures of the romantic kind; it is also about the ways of the world. (It’s hard to get by just upon a smile). This simple line, a piece of advice, suggests much about navigating the world, both then and now and how this aspect of human relationships has not changed much.