"Jesus" as written by and Yusuf Islam....
They used to call him Jesus
Long time ago
They're still calling him Jesus
Don't you know
They crossed the wood and hanged him
A long time ago
They still misunderstand him
Those who don't know
And in the evening his love will lead the blind
In every secret corner there in your mind

They called him Gautama Buddha
Oh long time ago
He turned the world to order
Don't you know
He used to sit knowing
Oh long time ago
Where you and me were going
And in the evening his love will lead the blind

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    General CommentThe only thing this song is insinuating is that modern Christians have moved away from Christianity's teachings. The men who crucified Jesus misunderstood him, and now the same thing is happening again, only now it's switched sides. He wanted his disciples to practice tolerance and love, but that doesn't seem to be happening lately.
    Gautama Buddha founded Buddhism. He was a man that valued peace and taught his followers to solve things with nonviolence, a lot like Jesus Christ.
    In both stanzas it says that "In the evening his love will lead the blind". I think that Cat Stevens used this to tie the two together, as both are people he obviously admires, and both are loving leaders, even to those that don't follow their religion.
    Ska Ska #4on August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJesus was a man at best.
    greytoneon December 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquite ironic now that he has turned to islam where jesus is not considered son of god but a prophet
    steffanie-anneon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"in the evening his love will lead the blind
    in every secret corner there in your mind"
    As this world winds down (evening) or even as the individual's life winds down to death, his love (God/Jesus) will open our blind eyes, answer every question, open every door and truly free us in our minds.
    Buddha, a man, was a seeker too just like us.
    singleeyeon January 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSka Ska.

    Jesus never encouraged violence. When Peter his disciple cut off an ear of a soldier he told him off and said "When you live by the sword, you die by the sword". Just because people act violently, doesn't mean God agrees with it. He sticks to his word because he is The Word.
    snowwhitequeenXon July 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThey all represent the movement of the sun. (son) And Cat stevens (yusuf) mentions the universe in alot of his recent interviews. So Its all the same thing. I dont believe its ironic that he wrote this and then converted to Islam. He seemed like that type anyway.
    mars12on March 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI don't think its anything ironic about how he mentions other beliefs or religion and the fact that he converted to Islam. The more important message is how the simple things we believe in are moving away from what it is, but in the end if we truly believe in such a thing it leads down the same path. Whether it be Jesus, Buddha, Allah or any spiritual figure or prophet.
    jethroaqualungon July 31, 2011   Link
  • -2
    General Commentthis song is crap... it seems like its insinuating that Jesus and Buddha are the same and if that idiot believes that garbage, then i pray for him... that's seriously gay... Jesus is the Son of the Living God... Buddha was a man... a philosopher at best...
    preacherman837on May 19, 2006   Link

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