Note to Self:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Five or Eleven Quotes from Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), plus a song and its lyric

(born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948)

"Communal well-being is central to human life."

"Ever since I became a Muslim, I've had to deal with attempts to damage my reputation and countless insinuations seeking to cast doubt on my character and trying to connect me to causes which I do not subscribe to."

"If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, cause there's a million ways to be, you know that there are.

"Everything I do is for the pleasure of Allah." 

"It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice."

"Peace Train is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions of human beings."

"Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam."

"People have times in their lives when they are forced to examine themselves."

"The very first lesson that I learnt from the Qur'an was the message of unity and peace."

"To be what you want to be, you must give up being what you are."

"Music is part of God's universe."    



Peace Train 

Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

Now I've been smiling lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun

Oh peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on now peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on now peace train

Get your bags together, go bring your good friends too
Cause it's getting nearer, it soon will be with you

Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again.


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