Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian and education philanthropist.[4] He is a prominent convertto Islam.[5]

Stevens’ albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA.[6] His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboards number-one LP for three consecutive weeks.[7] He also earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years for “The First Cut Is the Deepest“; the song has been a hit single for four different artists.[8] Some of his other hit songs include, “Father and Son“, “Wild World“, “Peace Train“, “Moonshadow” and “Morning Has Broken“.

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam[9] and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity[10] and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has received several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. Known professionally by the single name Yusuf, in 2006 he returned to pop music with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup.[11][12] On 5 May 2009, he released the album Roadsinger. He is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.[13]

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Father And Son – Cat Stevens

It’s not time to make a change

Just relax, take it easy

You’re still young, that’s your fault

There’s so much you have to know

Find a girl, settle down

If you want, you can marry

Look at me, I am old

But I’m happy

I was once like you are now

And I know that it’s not easy

To be calm when you’ve found

Something going on

But take your time, think a lot

I think of everything you’ve got

For you will still be here tomorrow

But your dreams may not

How can I try to explain

When I do he turns away again

And it’s always been the same

Same old story

From the moment I could talk

I was ordered to listen

Now there’s a way and I know

That I have to go away

I know I have to go

It’s not time to make a change

Just sit down and take it slowly

You’re still young that’s your fault

There’s so much you have to go through

Find a girl, settle down

If you want, you can marry

Look at me, I am old

But I’m happy

All the times that I’ve cried

Keeping all the things I knew inside

And it’s hard, but it’s harder

To ignore it

If they were right I’d agree

But it’s them they know, not me

Now there’s a way and I know

That i have to go away

I know I have to go

TRANSLATION

Pai e Filho (Tradução)

Não é tempo de mudar,

apenas relaxe, vá com calma

Você ainda é jovem, esse é seu problema,

há muita coisa que você tem que saber.

Encontre uma garota, se afirme,

se você quiser, pode casar

Olhe pra mim, estou velho,

mas sou feliz.

Eu já fui como você é agora,

e eu sei que não é fácil

ficar calmo quando você

percebeu algo acontecendo.

Mas vá com calma, pense muito (por quê?),

pense que tudo o que você já conseguiu

para você vai estar aqui amanhã,

mas seus sonhos talvez não.

Como eu poderia tentar explicar,

quando o faço ele ignora

É sempre a mesma coisa,

a mesma velha história.

No momento em que eu pude falar,

fui obrigado a ouvir.

Agora há um caminho, e eu sei

que eu tenho que ir embora,

eu sei que tenho que ir.

Não é tempo de mudar,

apenas sente-se, vá devagar,

você continua jovem, esse é o seu problema,

há muita coisa ainda que você tem que enfrentar.

Encontre uma garota, se afirme,

se quiser, você pode casar,

olhe pra mim, eu estou velho,

mas sou feliz.

Todas as vezes que eu chorei

Mantendo todas as coisas que eu sabia dentro

E é difícil, mas é mais difícil

Ignorá-la

Se eles estivessem certos, eu concordaria

Mas são eles que sabem, não sou eu

Agora há uma maneira

e eu sei Que eu tenho que ir embora

Eu sei que tenho que ir