The Wind

Album: Teaser And The Firecat (1971)

Songfacts®:

  • In this song, Cat Stevens examines spirituality and fate, listening to the wind of his soul to find his direction. At the time, he was exploring Eastern philosophy following a life-threatening bout of tuberculosis. His quest led him to convert to Islam in 1977, when he became Yusuf Islam. When he started performing his Cat Stevens songs again in the '00s, "The Wind" is one he often played.
  • The song, only 1:42 long, is the first track of Stevens' fifth album, Teaser And The Firecat. The album shares its name with an illustrated children's tale he created and had published a year later as a music video for the song "Moonshadow." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    P.A. - Paris, France
  • "The Wind" was used in films Almost Famous (2000) and Rushmore (1998). It also appears in:

    Gifted (2017)
    Sing (2016)
    Finsterworld (2013)
    Multiple Sarcasms (2010)

    And in episodes of This Is Us ("The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World" - 2016) and How I Met Your Mother ("The Magician's Code: Part 2" - 2012).
  • Natalie Imbruglia included her version of this on her 2014 album Male, where she took songs from male artists and approached them from a female perspective. She explained to Entertainment Weekly how "The Wind" fit into the collection: "This is the more spiritual song out of the bunch. That's another element out of my personality that I wanted to include. I love the way he's put the experiences of his spirituality into his music."

Comments: 1

  • Deethewriter from Saint Petersburg, Russia FederationTaken from Original Rolling Stone 'Teaser and The Firecat' LP Review [December 9, 1971]: "The Wind" is a model of economical songwriting, a far cry from the early pop songs in which Cat endlessly repeated the same trivial verse, padding it out with meaningless breaks. In less than two minutes, "The Wind" compresses Cat's philosophy and a description of his working methods into a few mysterious images. The language is beautifully controlled, the melody is exquisite, the vocal is soulfully phrased, and the two guitars play in elegant counterpoint. A gem."
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