Year of the Cat

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Have you ever heard of The Year of the Cat?

Al Stewart sang that song back in 1976.  It was one of those songs that had a real catchy tune, but the lyrics are a bit on the odd side so it was hard to figure out what he was trying to say.  I knew it had something to do with a lady running in the rain in 1975, which was the year of the cat back in that decade.  It made sense since Al Stewart released the song in 1976, which gave him a year to write it, record it, and get it out to the masses.  Once I saw the lyrics, I knew it had to do with Việt Nam.

Please enjoy.

Year of the Cat

On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running
Like a watercolor in the rain
Don’t bother asking for explanations
She’ll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat

She doesn’t give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow till your sense of which direction
Completely disappears
By the blue tiled walls near the market stalls
There’s a hidden door she leads you to
These days, she says, “I feel my life
Just like a river running through”
The year of the cat

Why she looks at you so coolly?
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli
So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside
The year of the cat
Well morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away your choice and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on
But the drumbeat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
But for now you’re going to stay
In the year of the cat
Year of the cat

5 thoughts on “Year of the Cat

  1. What timing! I was just reading it and came to back to say you already wrote about it, and here you are 🙂 Hope you’re doing well lately

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  2. I look forward to hearing more about, and reading, it. I am really enjoying finding all these hidden posts too, nice gems.


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