Song of the Day #4,019: ‘On the Road to Find Out’ – Cat Stevens

1970’s Tea For the Tillerman was the first of two back-to-back albums that made Cat Stevens a worldwide star. Its follow-up, Teaser and the Firecat, joined this album in going triple platinum in the U.S. while also charting in Europe and beyond.

Those are also the only two Cat Stevens albums I own, and for a minor fan, probably the only two you need.

Tillerman features the songs ‘Wild World,’ ‘Where Do the Children Play?,’ ‘Father and Son’ and ‘Hard Headed Woman,’ among lesser known tracks. Lovely, mellow, acoustic… typical Cat Stevens.

Today’s song, along with a few others from the album, were featured in Hal Ashby’s classic film Harold and Maude.

Well I left my happy home to see what I could find out
I left my folk and friends with the aim to clear my mind out
Well, I hit the rowdy road and many kinds I met there
Many stories told me of the way to get there
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
There’s so much left to know, and I’m on the road to find out

Well in the end I’ll know, but on the way I wonder
Through descending snow, and through the frost and
Thunder
I listen to the wind come howl, telling me I have to hurry
I listen to the robin’s song saying not to worry
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
There’s so much left to know, and I’m on the road to
Findout

Then I found myself alone
Hoping someone would miss me
Thinking about my home
And the last woman to kiss me, kiss me
But sometimes you have to moan
When nothing seems to suit yer
But nevertheless you know
You’re locked towards the future
So on and on you go
The seconds tick the time out
There’s so much left to know
And I’m on the road to findout

Then I found my head one day when I wasn’t even trying
And here I have to say, ’cause there is no use in lying, lying
Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now?
Kick out the devil’s sin, pick up, pick up a good book now
Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now?
Kick out the devil’s sin, pick up, pick up a good book now
Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now?
Kick out the devil’s sin, pick up, pick up a good book now

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,019: ‘On the Road to Find Out’ – Cat Stevens

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    A lovely lesser known song from a classic album.

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