Yusuf / Cat Stevens on 5 Great Songs About Children
After a well-received 2016 tour, Yusuf / Cat Stevens returned in September with The Laughing Apple, an album featuring newly recorded versions of songs he wrote in the 1960s. Echoing his classic generation-gap ode “Father and Son,” the legendary singer-songwriter recently spoke to Rolling Stone about five of his favorite songs that deal with children.
Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
Stevie Wonder had a massive impact on me. This song is about his daughter and shows the open, honest love that a parent has for a child.
John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)”
This shows a sweet part of John that you don’t often get, since he was so cryptic. It’s an outpouring of love for his son Sean.
Harry Chapin, “Cat’s in the Cradle”
This song has been haunting me for years, since people think that I wrote it. It reflects the dilemma of many homes. A beautiful song.
The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Younger Generation”
John Sebastian wrote a wacky lyric about a future where children casually take LSD and their parents smoke themselves to death.
Bob Dylan, “Forever Young”
When a child comes around, you really reveal more of yourself. You’re listening to Dylan wish someone well from the bottom of his heart.