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Al Stewart – The Old Grey Whistle Test – The Year Of The Cat

The performance of Al Stewart: The Year Of The Cat, It’s from the UK tv show The Old Grey Whistle Test, in 1976. Al Stewart – The Year Of The Cat (1976) On a morning from a Bogart movie In a country exactly where they turn back time You go strolling by way of the crowd like Peter Lorre Contemplating a crime She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running Like a watercolour in the rain Do not 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 Entirely disappears By the blue tiled walls near the marketplace stalls There is a hidden door she leads you to These days, she says, I feel my life Just like a river running via The year of the cat She looks at you so cooly And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea She comes in incense and patchouli So you take her, to uncover what’s waiting inside The year of the cat. Nicely morning comes and you’re still with her And the bus and the tourists are gone And you’ve thrown away the choice and lost your ticket So you have to stay on But the drum-beat strains of the night remain In the rhythm of the new-born day You know sometime you are bound to leave her BUt for now you are going to remain In the year of the cat.
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25 Responses to “Al Stewart – The Old Grey Whistle Test – The Year Of The Cat”

  1. charlieroy911 says:

    same here..born in the late 60′s..the 70′s were awesome..please let me go back for a minute..lived outside boston my whole life and this song is summer of 77 all over again

  2. tubetube1221 says:

    timeless….al stewart=genius

  3. steelerdave2000 says:

    LOL – The talent pool dried up probably more than a decade ago, probably even two decades ago.

  4. seeburg220 says:

    How come artists today, don’t spend any time actually writing lyrics ? There are exceptions, but the talent-pool has dried up, musically. : (

  5. sweetpea3339 says:

    I love this song……takes me back to high school….when I was a freshman…….I love it….! Thank you for posting this!!!!!

  6. Frankiarmz says:

    Al Stewart wrote a story of mystery and romance, put it to music and gave it to the world!

  7. lotusesprit1981 says:

    When this song/record starts…YOU AIN’T SWITCHING STATIONS
    till that last note is played…!!!! Guaranteed…this song is musical manna…
    A beauty that beyond even the best literatists ability to come close to capturing in a thousand words or less (in my opinion)
    the list of superlatives just goes on and on…

  8. Sirqle says:

    I was just checking out random stuff from Old Grey Whistle Test. Found this and my fucking god do I love the piano in this. If I could marry a woman as beautiful as the piano part I’d die happy.

  9. gilliser says:

    i have a cat, my daugheter went to college, the cat is now thirteen, it’s not a bad cat, it’s a good cat, i never really liked cats, i kind of think they are cool now, a lot more respect, for our furry friends.

  10. Boris777Z says:

    They don’t make songs like this anymore.

  11. oOMonkeyMagicOo says:


    This is the 5 percent from the old timers, There was a lot of dross back in the day as well. Dont be a music snob, there is good and bad music from all era’s. Different strokes for different folks etc.

  12. rudyvg says:

    this isn’t just music…this is a timemachine..this brings me back in time …i miss those day’s..and the music..this is one of the best songs ever…

  13. provgrays says:


    Very well said and you obviously have a highly developed
    appreciation for music.

  14. wacker130 says:

    It’s about a guy that is on vacation in a country that hasn’t moved with the times (i.e. Cuba) meets a chick in a silk dress who lures him with her beauty to a room by some blue tiled wall into a hidden door to do what humans do. He stays the night and the next day his bus and other tourists have gone so he stays only to know that he will eventually loose her. Oh! she was born in the Chinese “year of the cat” Simple!!!

  15. wacker130 says:

    i just can’t stop playing this song. It puts me right back to the 70′s in my clubbing days when we were spoilt rotten with this type of music. Ah for those brilliant brilliant days no world worries and the trade towers were still standing what a brilliant world it was back then.. I really miss those days and so do my peers. God i would hate to be growing up now and have missed all that.

  16. bluesman209 says:

    Real musicians playing real music. What the hell happened to the music industry?

  17. 33smokechic says:

    classic masterpiece!!!!

  18. jonjuliecat says:

    sublime …

  19. STEVE24BUS says:

    kemp3L, Guitar is a fender thinline telecaster which had a chamber(f hole) cut out to give it a slight semi acoustic feel and improved sustain.The most famous model is probably the 1972 which they hava reissued.I would guess that this is a1972 model.but do not know for certain.The guitar also had humbuckers ,a radical shift from fenders single coil tele,s at the time.

  20. kenp3L says:

    Maybe a guitarist can help me with this. Look at Al’s guitar. It looks like a solid-body electric guitar. Why then does it have an f-hole (but just one)? Is this just for show?

  21. Lizbth01 says:

    Around 5th grade, and right up to my junior year of high-school, my father took it upon himself to educate me in the music of his college-years. Whenever he took me to school or to the library we’d pop in a cassette or CD and he would just, start talking about the music. How the groups or artists got started and just everything. I may be 21 now but whenever I pop in my cassette of ‘Year of the Cat’ I always think of my Dad and those days when we would nerd out over music.

    Thank you Dad.

  22. tele757 says:

    i heard this when I was a kid when this was a hit on FM radio. I had just gotten a cool white digital radio alarm clock from my grandparents and I tuned in to what was happening in the 70′s. This one brings me back Space 1999 was also big on tv at the time growing up in Brooklyn. Ah the 70′s

  23. dockie1964 says:

    I love this intro..

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