New Cover: Cat Stevens – Father And Son

I don’t know about you, but I wake up every morning with a song in my head, often one I haven’t listened to in countless years… However, I view it not as some sort of curse, but instead an inspirational blessing.

The problem for me is, I can’t get that daily tune out of my brain without listening to it 10 times. It’s like scratching an itch, and that’s the only way to do it.


Where this one came from, I’ve no idea since I hadn’t heard a Cat Stevens song in ages, and I’m also not a particularly big fan. I then came to the realization that I’ve produced dedications to just about everyone close to me on this Earth except for my wonderful Sons, Craig Jr. and Tony. This song was the perfect candidate.

I couldn’t be prouder of the strong, yet kindhearted men that my boys have become. While many miles may separate us, they’re always by my side, and I theirs.

Home of the original.

Credits

  • Arrangements, all instruments and vocals by Craig Guerrieri.
  • Recorded, mixed and mastered by Craig Guerrieri at Cygnus Studios, Florida, USA. ©2020.

Instruments

  • Peavey DW-3 acoustic guitar
  • Fender Jazz bass guitar
  • DW Drums and hardware with Zildjian, Paiste and Wuhan cymbals

Studio Engineering: Technical

  • DAW: REAPER
  • A/D Interfaces: Behringer UMC1820 and ADA8200
  • Microphones: R0DE NT1-A (Vocals)

Craigger and Tony, this one’s for you…

Words and Music by Cat Stevens



It's not time to make a change
Just relax, take it easy
You're still young, not your fault
There's so much you need to know
Find a girl, settle down
If you want, you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
 
I was once like you are now,
And I know that it's not easy
To be calm when you've found
Something going on
But take your time, think a lot
Think of everything you've got
For you will still be here tomorrow,
But your dreams may not
 
How can I try to explain?
When I do he turns away again
It's always been the same, same old story
From the moment I could talk
I was told to listen
Now there's a way and I know
That I have to go away
I know, I have to go
 
It's not time to make a change
Just sit down, take it slowly
You're still young, not your fault
There's so much you'll have to go through
Find a girl, settle down
If you want, you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
 
All the times that I cried,
Keeping all the things I knew inside
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it
If they were right, I'd agree,
But it's them they know not me
Now there's a way and I know
That I have to go away
I know, I have to go 

Personal side notes:

– There’s been many interpretations of this song (including differing ones from Stevens himself), but I feel the most plausible is the “Generation Gap” that was in full force when the song was originally released in 1970.

– In my opinion, it perfectly puts forth disagreements about differing circumstances in life between a Father and his Son. That said, I did take some liberty with a few of the lyrics, to soften things up just a bit.

– The melody and original arrangement are simply beautiful. I thought about throwing in some strings and extra percussion here and there, but it’s so great as-is on the album, I didn’t want to muddy the waters with anything too fancy. I used only three instruments on the entire track.

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