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Album cover parody of Izitso by Cat Stevens
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This is the most recent information about Cat Stevens that has been submitted to amIright. If we have more information about Cat Stevens, then we provide a link to the section where it appears (the actual page whenever possible).

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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Jusef Muhammed (Cat Stevens), Cat Stevens (Originally by Sam Cooke in 1963), Cat Stevens/Boyzone, Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf Islam)

Band Name Origins:

  • Okay, I know this is a sole singer, not a band, but the origin is that the guy's first name was actually steven. He had a nickname given to him by friends - "Cat Stevens." Way back when he had begun recording music he mentioned it to the recording company and they loved it, so he kept it. Now, however, you know he has changed his real name to Yousef Islam after converting to the Islamic faith years ago. Yousef is arabic for Joseph. Submitted by: helen

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Steven Demetre Georgiou. Submitted by: Bobo

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Bad Penny""Oh, no, don't say those same idle lies
I-I've heard them before."

From the album "Buddha and The Chocolate Box". - oldsongs
"Father and Son"It's more of a scripted song where the father sings one part and the son sings the next. And "I have to go away" is mentioned more in this song. - Paul Warren

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Yusuf IslamReal example. It is his name as a Muslim.Alan the Ottoman

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Creep Train""Peace Train"MOR
"Dishes Are Broken ""Morning Has Broken"MOR

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Song/Performer
Comment
Submitter Name
"Miles From Nowhere,"Nowhere isn't on the map.Ian Andout
"Moonshadow,"A moon cannot cast a shadow.Frosty The Cat
"King Of Trees,"No one rules trees.Olive Pitt
"Morning Has Broken,"Morning does not literally break.Lynne O'Leahy-Cassid

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Harvey & Sheila," Allan Sherman"Two Fine People," Cat Stevens
"Little Sister," Elvis Presley"Oh Very Young," Cat Stevens
"Lunar Eclipse," Beseech"Moon Shadow," Cat Stevens
"Good Morning Good Morning," The Beatles"A Bad Night," Cat Stevens
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Tuesday's Dad" originally "Tuesday's Dead"
As in the father of actress Tuesday Weld?
Diana Jasper
"Where Do The Children Pay" originally "Where Do The Children Play"
Candy Welty
"Where Do The Children Lay" originally "Where Do The Children Play"
Candy Welty
"Here Do The Children Play" originally "Where Do The Children Play"
Candy Welty
"Bad Rakes" originally "Bad Brakes"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Tuesday's Dread" originally "Tuesday's Dead"
Peter
"Brad Brakes" originally "Bad Brakes"
Candy Welty
"Two Finer People" originally "Two Fine People"
Candy Welty
"Father And Song" originally "Father And Son"
Calop
"Longer Bloats" originally "Longer Boats"
Joanna Whitmire

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"How Can I Sell You" originally "How Can I Tell You"
Alan the Ottoman
"Lather and Son" originally "Father and Son"
Alan the Ottoman
"The Wild" originally "The Wind"
Alan the Ottoman
"The Mind" originally "The Wind"
Peter
"Morning Gas Broken" originally "Morning Has Broken"
Wonder if (like morning breath) it's the worst gas
Duncan Moore

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Moonshadow""Wheelbarrow"Jim Rotondo
"Peace Train""Peace Train (Yusuf Salaam Version)"Callmelennie
"Where Do the Childen Play""Where Do The Dhimmis Pray"Callmelennie
"Another Saturday Night""Another Late Thursday Night"Old Man Ribber
"Morning Has Broken""Monday Has Broken"Warren Baker
"Morning Has Broken""Morning Has Broken"John A. Barry
"Morning Has Broken""Horny And Broke, Da*n!"Tommy Turtle
"Peace Train""Fleece, Gain"John A. Barry
"Morning is Breaking""Burbank in Morning"2Eagle
"Morning Has Broken""Mornings in Coffin"John A. Barry

There are additional song parodies available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
Morning Has BrokenInsomnia Group Kilgore
I'm Gonna Get Me A GunNational Rifle AssociationFussBudgetVanPelt

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Walking On The Moon
   The Police
Moon Shadow
   Cat Stevens
Walking On The Moon Shadow
Lauren
Everyone's Gone To The Moon
   Jonathan King
Moon Shadow
   Cat Stevens
Everyone's Gone To The Moon Shadow
Peter
Midnight Train To Georgia
   Gladys Knight And The Pips
Peace Train
   Cat Stevens
Midnight Peace Train To Georgia
Carolyn Morgenstern
Last Train To Clarksville
   The Monkees
Peace Train
   Cat Stevens
Last Peace Train To Clarksville
Carolyn Morgenstern
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Polecat Stevens
Polecats combined with Cat Stevens
Their combined hit record would be called: "Make a Circuit With Me on the Peace Train"!
Submitted By: Gus
Sailcat Stevens
Sailcat combined with Cat Stevens
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Morty Jay And The Surferin' Cat Stevens
Morty Jay And The Surferin' Cats combined with Cat Stevens
Submitted By: Candy Welty
Counting Cats
Counting Crows combined with Cat Stevens
Another twisting of the first band's name, from the same Full House episode.
Submitted By: nally

There are additional Cat Stevens Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Where Do the Children Play?"
Misheard Lyrics:
But tell me, why do the children play?
Original Lyrics:
But tell me, where do the children play?
"Oh Very Young"
Misheard Lyrics:
And the patches make the goodbye hard as hell.
Original Lyrics:
And the patches make the goodbye harder still.
"Wild World"
Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, baby, baby, it's the Wildwood
Original Lyrics:
Ooh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
Misheard Lyrics:
The first cut is the dealer's
Original Lyrics:
The first cut is the deepest
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Wild World"
Misheard Lyrics:
Ooh, baby, baby, it's the Wildwood
Original Lyrics:
Ooh, baby, baby, it's a wild world

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

This is perhaps what I would have thought about the Jersey Shore!

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Moonshadow"
Better Lyrics:
I'm being followed by a wheelbarrow, Wheelbarrow, wheelbarrow
Original Lyrics:
I'm being followed by a moonshadow, Moonshadow, moonshadow
Submitted by: redsky

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"Wild World"
The Funny Lyrics:
I hope you have a lot of nice things to wear.
Why They're Funny:
OK the song is about cautioning a woman who wants to leave her lover and it seems like they've been in a long time relationship about the evils of the world and how it's not such a friendly and warm place and hoping that she'll be fine but then the guy sounds concerned that she won't be. It's a sad and serious song. And then he wishes her a lot of nice things to wear? If that's not funny and doesn't make you laugh then I don't know what to tell you. Within the context of the rest of the song I think it's kind of silly. :D
Submitted by: Edward
 

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Mona Bone Jakon"
The Dirty Lyrics:
Yes, I've got a mona bone jakon But it won't be lonely for long
Why They're Dirty:
To quote Stevens himself: "'Mona Bone Jakon' is another name for my penis. It's the name I give it. It's not some sort of secret vocabulary; it's just something I made up."
Submitted by: Alan the Ottoman
"The Boy With A Moon And Star On His Head"
The Dirty Lyrics:
A gardener's daughter stopped me on my way, on the day I was
To wed
It is you who I wish to share my body with she said
Why They're Dirty:
He was on his way to marry someone else when this happened!
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger

Song Lyrics That Name Check Celebrities:

"Ghost Town"
The Lyrics:
Buster Keaton & King Tut
Are waiting for Disney to wake up
Who They Mention:
Walt Disney
Submitted by: britrock
"Ghost Town"
The Lyrics:
Buster Keaton & King Tut
Are waiting for Disney to wake up
Who They Mention:
King Tutankhamen
Submitted by: britrock
There are additional celebrity lyrics available.

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Ghost Town"
The Lyrics:
Bill Bailey said he'd be around
If Mr G Robinson would just put
That bad Havana down.
Product Brand Name:
Havana cigars
Submitted by: Li'l Bit
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"Time"
Opening Lines:
Time rise, time fall.
Comments:
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"Moonshadow"
Opening Lines:
Oh, I'm bein' followed by a moonshadow. Moonshadow, moonshadow.
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Scary Song Lyrics:

"I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun"
The Lyrics:
I've been demoralized too many times But now I realize, Ah ah, no more. I'm gonna get me a gun I'm gonna get me a gun And all those people who put me down You better get ready to run, Cuz I'm gonna get me a gun
Why:
Not a song you'd want to play in a Post Office. I wonder if this would get past the censorship people today?
Submitted by: Was
 

Song Title Space Change:

"Ban Apple Gas" originally "Banapple Gas"
Submitted by: Sutch
"I Think I Seethe Light" originally "I Think I See The Light"
Submitted by: Job Lowe
"I Love The Mall" originally "I Love Them All"
Submitted by: Ag Bengip
"Another's A Turd, Ay, Night" originally "Another Saturday Night"
Submitted by: Regina Haniger

Band Name Anagrams:

A Vest Scent Submitted by: Lauryn Canna
Scan Vet Set Submitted by: Lauryn Canna
A Vet's Scent Submitted by: Lauryn Canna
Can Set Vest Submitted by: Lauryn Canna
Vest Ascent Submitted by: Lauryn Canna

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"A Nice Taper" originally "Peace Train"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Can I Retape?" originally "Peace Train"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Trace A Pine" originally "Peace Train"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"I Erect A Pan" originally "Peace Train"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Tear Ice Pan" originally "Peace Train"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

"All Recordings"
As I recall, many L.A. radio stations (and others accross the U.S.) refused to play, and even made media events of noisely destroying ALL their Cat Stevens records after reports came out that he told his students in England that, yes, as a devout Muslim, he was obliged to fulfill the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, i.e. kill Mr. Rushde, if he had the opportunity. Not exactly the sweet, loving Cat Stevens I remembered. Mr. Rushdie became the subject of a fatwa after his book "Satanic Verses" was published which was considered blasphemous by the Muslim community. According to Wikipedia, the fatwa cannot be rescinded since the Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued the fatwa, is the only one who can rescind it but is no longer living.
Submitted by: Bridgette

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Tea For The Tillerman" Length: 1:01
This little ditty, which closed the album of the same name, used to freak me out as a kid with all those people singing "For that happy day!" at the very end.
Submitted by: JD
"The Wind" Length: 1:41
A nice little song that opens the Teaser album. The song was used in the movie Almost Famous.
Submitted by: JD

Song Title Acrostics:

HITS: "Home In The Sky"
Unfortunately, this wasn't one of his biggest hits
Submitted by: MOR

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Brad Bakes" originally "Bad Brakes"
Submitted by: Hank E. Panky
"Fee Tore the Miller Tan" originally "Tea for the Tillerman"
Fake Thor, see stun
Submitted by: Benski Korhonen
"Saw There and Fun" originally "Father and Son"
~from the album "Fee Tore the Miller Tan"
Submitted by: Benski Korhonen

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Rubylove"
The Lyrics:
Original Greek Ρούμπι γλυκιά
Έλα ξανά, έλα ξανά κοντά μου
Έλα πρωί, με την αυγή
εσύ ήσουν σαν ήλιου ακτίδα
Ρούμπι μου μικρή
Transliteration Ruby glykia
Ela xana, ela xana konta mou
ela pro-ee, me tin av-ghee
esy isoun san illy-ou aktida
Ruby mou mikri
Sweet Ruby
Come back, come back to me
Come in the morning, with the dawn
you are like the sun shine
My little Ruby
Why:
Rubylove has a greek verse, and is in 7/8 time (which is typical of many traditional greek dances). Cat Stevens has Greek heritage.
Submitted by: Kokkinomalli
"O Caritas"
The Lyrics:
Tristetat(e) et lacrimis
Gravis est dolor
De terraeque maribus
Magnus est clamor
O caritas, O caritas
Nobis semper sit amor
Mos perituri mortem salutamus
Sola resurgit vita
Why:
With it's Flamenco rythmn, "O Caritas" sounds at first as if it is being sung in a modern Romance language. It is in fact Latin. The song extolls the virtues of spiritual (as opposed to romantic) love.
The Latin text translates as:
I don't want to lose the harmony of the universe
I see all things... burning, I hear men... shouting.
Now is the light of the world and the stars going out
Now does the blame for the disaster fall upon men.
Grief is heavy with sadness and tears
Great is the noise from the earth and the seas
O love, O love be with us always.
We who will perish salute death. Life alone goes on.
Submitted by: Robert Ballinger
There are additional Foreign Language in English Songs available.

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Wild World"
The Lyrics:
Now that I've lost everything to you
You say you wanna start something new
And it's breakin' my heart you're leavin'
Baby, I'm grievin'

But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there
Why:
This song's fairly upbeat and catchy. However, it's about a woman leaving a man (who then practically pushes her out the door and half-begs her to stay at the same time).
Submitted by: Kristy
 

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Stat Keevens originally "Cat Stevens"
Submitted by: MOR
Stet Cave-ins originally "Cat Stevens"
stet: Latin word meaning, "Let it stand".
Submitted by: Peter

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Converted to Islam"
Cat Stevens converted to Islam in 1978 and is now under the name Yusuf Islam. Yusuf is Arabic for Joseph.
Submitted by: Paul Warren
"His alleged "Death To Solomon Rushdie" statement"
After Solomon Rushdie released his book Satanic Verses; Cat Stevens was being interviewed made the mistake of saying that "the penalty for blasphemy against the muslin religion is death." Many people who saw Cat on TV thought that he was saying "Kill Rushdie" but Cat went on to clarify his statement saying that he was new to the muslin faith and never meant what he said as an incentive to "kill Rushdie."
Submitted by: Celeste
"Traded in Mid-Season"
"Pulled the ultimite "360". Abruptly left the music world, sold off all his material goods, and now makes money for that ol' peace-nick known as Osama bin Laden
Submitted by: princejellyfish

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