Where Do the Children Play?

Album: Tea For The Tillerman (1970)
  • Well I think it's fine, building jumbo planes.
    Or takin' a ride on a cosmic train.
    Switch on summer from a slot machine.
    Get what you want to if you want,
    Cause you can get anything.

    I know we've come a long way,
    We're changin' day to day,
    But tell me,
    Where do the children play?

    Well you roll on roads over fresh green grass.
    For your lorryloads pumping petrol gas.
    And you make them long, and you make them tough.
    But they just go on and on,
    And it seems you can't get off.

    Oh, I know we've come a long way,
    We're changin' day to day,
    But tell me,
    Where do the children play?

    When you crack the sky, scrapers fill the air.
    Will you keep on building higher
    Til there's no more room up there?
    Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
    Will you tell us when to live?
    Will you tell us when to die?

    I know we've come a long way,
    We're changin' day to day,
    But tell me,
    Where do the children play? Writer/s: Yusuf Islam
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Debra Kay Garrett Bruton from Dallas,texas Cat Stevens I would listen to all day along with Neil Young & getting songs listed for my funeral. Three Neil Young songs "There's a World", & "One Of These Days", & "When I Die", Cat Stevens "Where Do The Children Play", & "There's A World", & Joe Cocker "Little Help From My Friends". I want all my friends to hear what the've all meant in my life along with my children & family.
  • John from Detroit, MiAll time favorite song.
    Never hear it on the radio or satellite.
    Must mean something.
  • Billy from West Unity, OhThis was one of the many songs from Tea for the Tillerman that got extensive radio play. It is also one of my favorites. That whole album is FANTASTIC!!!!!
  • John from Jasper, CanadaHaving listened to this song countless times,I finally understood what he is trying to convey;it was far ahead of it time-rings true today.
    John,jasper ab canada
  • Bernie from Greensboro, NcGreat live clip:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=C2rDp6FnbP0

    Clip using Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax"

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=XjdVOfnYkyA

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