"Sad Lisa" as written by and Yusuf Islam....
She hangs her head and cries on my shirt.
She must be hurt very badly.
Tell me what's making you sad, Li?
Open your door, don't hide in the dark.
You're lost in the dark, you can trust me.
Cause you know that's how it must be.

Lisa Lisa, sad Lisa Lisa.

Her eyes like windows, trickle in rain
Upon the pain getting deeper.
Though my love wants to relieve her.
She walks alone from wall to wall.
Lost in her hall, she can't hear me.
Though I know she likes to be near me.

Lisa Lisa, sad Lisa Lisa.

She sits in a corner by the door.
There must be more I can tell her.
If she really wants me to help her.
I'll do what I can to show her the way.
And maybe one day I will free her.
Though I know no one can see her.
Lisa Lisa, sad Lisa Lisa.


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"Sad Lisa" as written by Yusuf Islam Cat Stevens

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  • +2
    General CommentI think the lyric is "sad, Li" and not "sadly". The first is an affectionate short name for Lisa and the second is just messed up English.
    snowie0wlon May 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is SUCH a beautiful song. This song reminds me of when I was depressed, which I was for years and years, and everytime I'm sad again, or someone's wronged me I listen to this and brings back memories of old pain, and I know it may seem a little odd but it feels good to remember times like those, just cos I got through them. But now I'm just rambling :p lol. I love the way he uses a kind of pun...dunno if anyone else noticed it. "Her eyes like windows, trickling rain, upon her pain getting deeper", pain could also be seen as window PANE.

    Anyway, this song makes me cry. My mom played it to me when..well something really bad had happened to me, something I couldn't tell ANYONE about, and I kept holding it back and then one night I just sat with her and cryed on her shoulder. I still couldn't tell her, but I think she could relate this song perfectly then. "Open the door, don't hide in the dark" "Tell me what's making you Sadly"

    This is just the ultimate song for deep and beautiful sadness. If you could call it that.
    gypsy-roseon August 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song. I first heard it about 3am coz i put this album on when i was going to sleep, then had it so it repeated the entire album over and over. I woke up and heard the piano and freaked out coz i didnt know where it was coming from. But I loved it from the minute i heard it

    "Open your door, don't hide in the dark,"
    "Her eyes like windows,
    tricklin' rain upon her pain, getting deeper"
    "She walks alone from wall to wall, lost in a hall,"

    They are my 3 favourite lines. I love this song and Cat Stevens is a legend
    syko_braton November 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoggs are powerful.dawg
    xsteadyxasxyouxgoxon January 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about and autistic girl, his sister.
    No one sees her, means everyone lese has stopped trying.
    She is locked in an institutuion. Only he comes to visit any more. She know he is all she has left, but cant reach out to him.
    jojopennyon January 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCat Stevens said once in a live concert that sometimes he think that he wrote this song about himself
    Cat Stevenson April 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah i agree with cat stevens ^^... as in the member of this site cat stevens... In his 1976 concert "majikat" in virginia he said that he wrote this song about sum1 else, but really it reflects him.
    squeak043on June 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song always makes me think of my mother. Her life has never been a bed of roses. She was badly abused in her youth (and then again throughout her married life) and, just like many other women, she felt she couldn't tell anyone about it. My feelings are exactly the same as those of the speaker in the song and, well, I listen to it and it's just as if it had been written for her...only her name is not Lisa, but Theresa.
    My favourite part:
    'There must be more I can tell her
    If she really wants me to help her
    I'll do what I can to show her the way
    And maybe one day I will free her'

    Such is my hope.
    amostpeculiarwayon June 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeveral years ago I saw a movie about a psychiatric disabled girl (depessed or authistic) in which this song was an underlying theme. I don't recall the title, but i have loved the song ever since.
    gyson July 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Several years ago I saw a movie about a psychiatric disabled girl (depessed or authistic) in which this song was an underlying theme. I don't recall the title, but i have loved the song ever since. "

    David and Lisa was the movie. And yes, that was the basis for the song.

    Goodness. This song's so beautiful.
    KlutzyKatyBobon August 06, 2007   Link

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