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Old 29th Sep 2006, 0:49   #1
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And I may be well behind everyone else here, but I've just discovered that the closing music to Extras (which seems more powerful each week) is Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens. According to iTunes, it's 1 minute and 1 second long...
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And I may be well behind everyone else here
I think you must be! The giveaway is when Cat Stevens sings the words "Tea for the tillerman..."
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The giveaway is when Cat Stevens sings the words "Tea for the tillerman..."
Does he?? When? But then even if I had made out those words, I've never heard of the song, and wouldn't recognise Cat Stevens' voice anyway, so still wouldn't have known what it was...
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You're about 30 years behind me, JS. My brother owned Tea for the Tillerman...
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Does he?? When? But then even if I had made out those words...
It's not easy to equate the lyrics to what he seems to sing, I'd heartily agree, but they are indeed:

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Bring tea for the tillerman
Steak for the sun
Wine for the women who made the rain come
Seagulls sing your hearts away
cause while the sinners sin, the children play

Oh lord how they play and play
For that happy day, for that happy day

...and that's it. Nothing before or after it. It's very effective though.
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Crikey. The only ones I've been able to make out are the last two lines. Even the last line of the first section, I thought was "Cause while the singers sing, the children play." Tch, eh?

So is this young Cat Stevens chap any good then?
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Well, he wrote Father and Son, which brings Boyzone to mind, so you have to consider that...but of course his version is way different and very very good.

That album (Tea for the Tillerman) has some lovely songs on it, actually, and you do have to be in the mood for it, as they're all quite delicate in an almost Nick Drake-y kind of way.

I'm biased though, as one of the songs, Sad Lisa, is forever tied up with the memory of my first kiss and bbbpmwffkkkgggqgggbbbbbmmmmm...

Sorry, I have something in my eye.

Go to the iTunes store and listen to the free 30 second snippets.
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I was just looking up his best-ofs on Amazon and I see Tea for the Tillerman isn't on them! Pah!

Yes, I know Father & Son, and it's perhaps a measure of my musical cloth-earedness that I can never quite work out what the similarity is to The Flaming Lips' Fight Test, which resulted in them having to pay 75% of the income from it to Stevens (or Islam, as he now is).

Morning Has Broken though. Surely not the school-assembly song I'm thinking of?? (Lloyd Cole did a great song called Morning Is [sic] Broken on his album Bad Vibes. And his new album got a good review in the Times last week. But that's another story.)
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Morning Has Broken though. Surely not the school-assembly song I'm thinking of??
Ah. Er, yeah. Afraid so.

Anyway...Diana Rigg and that johnny, eh?!
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I love Cat Stevens' Morning Has Broken, and Father and Son - but will hunt out the other snippets mentioned.

I am an unhappy Col today so suggestions of happy music would be good.
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