This was inspired by Stevens' girlfriend, actress Patti D'Arbanville. She was also an inspiration for Stevens' songs "Wild World" and "Hard-Headed Woman." D'Arbanville went on to have an affair with Mick Jagger.
Patti D'Arbanville also had a relationship with the actor Don Johnson, with whom she has a son, Jesse. D'Arbanville played Rayanne's mom on the TV series My So-Called Life.
Suggestion credit: Morgan - Eugene, OR
A live version recorded in Tokyo is on Stevens' 2001 Boxed Set. Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, stopped making secular music in 1979, but eventually decided that he was proud of his old songs and released them in the compilation.
Stevens converted to the Islamic faith in 1978 and the singer-songwriter was faced with a dilemma as many of his older songs would be considered dissolute or disrespectful to women, the antithesis of Islamic virtue and morality. This tune, for instance, has proved tricky. He told The Sunday Times July 26, 2009: "My wife's a very possessive and jealous lady. She hates Lady D'Arbanville, so I changed it for her. I wrote a song called 'Angel of War,' based on the melody. If I sang 'Hard Headed Woman' today, I'd say that's about my wife."
Sharon from AustraliaFor Years I pondered the lyrics, knowing there was more to it. Metaphors are common language of Poets , Singers songwriters, it makes perfect sense. It must of been painful for Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam
Pamela from Firebaugh Can.I have been a fan of Cat Stevens music since 1972. Its the first music that I actually felt and didn't just hear. I enjoyed it then and continue to enjoy it just as much today. His voice is out if this world. Absolutely love hearing him sing. He's been a big contribution to my love for music.
Christoph from Zurich, SwitzerlandThis song helped me in the year 2000, when my lovely 16 years old daughter Leah did in a terrible accident - bike against a lorry... thank you Steven. I still have to cry when I hear it!
Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationTaken from Original Rolling Stone 'Teaser and The Firecat' LP Review [December 9, 1971]: " When his girlfriend, who happened to be named D'Arbanville, left him for Mick Jagger, he wrote "Lady D'Arbanville." The melody (consciously or not) was very similar to Jagger's "Lady Jane." In the lyrics, Cat effectively laid Miss D'Arbanville to rest: "Tho' in your grave you lie, I'll always be with you," etc., etc. Cat had transmuted his unseemly feelings into a courtly and mysterious ballad that was a hit in six countries. Courtly and mysterious and so gentle-sounding it makes your flesh creep."
Lin from Richmond Hill, OnI also love this song, however, I've been thinking. If Cat Stevens broke up with Patti D'arbanville via this song, that's even worse than a text or on face book . All of a sudden you're out of the shower listening to the radio and you hear a song about yourself..how utterly sad :(
Marlene from Montreal, QcPatti D'arbanville also appeared on the daytime soap, "Guiding Light" as "Selena Davis", an ex prostitute. The Actress who played her daughter was Tammy Blanchard.
Kayla from Jhgkg, NbI just love this song. I don't really know what it means,but it almost seems like some woman he loved died. And I also love sad lisa and many more. And Cat Stevens was so cute when he was young.
Pal from Los Angeles, CaI think some of these song facts need to be edited, since on the facts for "Wild World", it states Cat Stevens wrote that song more about himself than anyone in particular, including Patti. Also, Patti and Don Johnson were never married.
Bob from Southfield, MiPatti D'Arbanville also played a female mob leader on "The Sopranos" who is murdered.
Anuj from New Delhi, IndiaHeard only few songs with such depth... Indeed this rose will never die! this rose will never die!
Unai from Zaragoza, SpainAbsolutamente increible. Un abrazo Gustavo, siento mucho tu pérdida
Michael from Tasmania, AustraliaVery nice song Cat is the best song writer i have ever heard, his songs have so much meaning and so much emotion this song has it all, emotion and feeling.
Katerina from AthensIt makes me cry... One of the best songs I've ever heard... Love Cat Stevens's work!
Eloise from London, EnglandThis is one of the few songs in the world with the power to make me cry, even after 30 years of listening to it. Gustavo in Spain, I am so sorry to read about your wife; music can be a great solace and I hope you find some peace.There is a great song called Sand and Water by Beth Nielsen Chapman (if you don't already know it) and it speaks of exactly what you're going through.
Gustavo from Avila, SpainMy lovely young wife just died and I identify myself with Cat Steven's feelings in this song.
Justin from Bakersfield, Cait sounds like a necrophilliac's anthom but i love all of Cats work.