It’s hard to overstate how personal this song – and this album – is to me. Cat Stevens was not only one of my favorite rock acts in the ’70s, his was my first rock concert. To which I took my first college date.
A few years after, he converted to Islam and changed his name. Since then, he has been steadily vilified in the American press pretty much on no other basis than his religion. Count on America to keep up its firm commitment to freedom of religion as long as you’re Christian. Other religions and atheism need not apply. If I had not been born here, I doubt I could immigrate today.
Here’s a video I managed to smuggle into the country.