In the End

Album: An Other Cup (2006)
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Songfacts®:

  • After converting to the Muslim faith in 1978, the famous singer-songwriter Cat Stevens sold his guitars, changed his name to Yusuf Islam and stopped recording. In 1985 he was invited by Bob Geldof to play at Live Aid, an offer he felt he couldn't refuse. He penned this song for the occasion, which was to be sung solo/a cappella. However, a combination of Elton John running over time and Harvey Goldsmith and Bob Geldof being sceptical about the song prevented him going on. When Islam finally decided to make a comeback in 2006, he included this song on An Other Cup, his first Western pop album since 1978's Back to Earth.
  • According to Yusuf Islam, in the song he is asking people to look at themselves and check that they're making the right choices because they'll be judged - in the end.

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