I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul
Where I'll end up, well, I think only God really knows
I've sat upon the setting sun
But never, never, never, never
I never wanted water once
No never, never, never

I listen to my words but they fall far below
I let my music take me where my heart wants to go
I swam upon the Devil's lake
But never, never, never, never
I'll never make the same mistake
No, never, never, never

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"The Wind" as written by Yusuf Islam

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  • +2
    General Comment"I let my music take me where my heart wants to go."
    This line has to be one of the best ever put to music. Music is such an essential part of the human soul that it can bring us where we need to be, instead of where our minds drag us.
    MusicOfSilenceon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about Cat finding contentment in God. A lot of his music was about death and religion, but this song i feel is about how all that is behind him.

    I listen to the wind
    to the wind of my soul

    He's finally listening just to what his soul is telling him, and ignoring the misleadings of the world around him.

    Where I'll end up well I think
    only God really knows

    the second line of this is a just a standard phrase for not knowing, but here it means that truly only God knows, and he's putting his trust in that.

    I've sat upon the setting sun
    but never, never never never
    I never wanted water once
    no never, never, never

    Now that he's at peace, even sitting on the sun doesn't make him cry out for water, which I'm guessing means giving in to temptations of life.

    I listen to my words but
    they fall far below
    I let the my music take me where
    my heart wants to go

    His music has helped him get this far in it all.

    I swam upon the devil's lake
    but never, never never never
    I'll never make the same mistake

    Pretty clear here, he's put aside the dark things he did in his past, and he'll never return to them.
    ZeroOneon October 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHeh. Whatever you say man. But to me, Cat Stevens is a musician and because of that I'll only judge him as a musician.

    And f*ck, I just love this song.
    lonestar_x_tragedyon November 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written when he was still christian, judgeing from the devil comment. I don't think he'd reffer to the devil as a devoute muslim, now. But yes, I understand the conflicts with him. Considering the American gov't in general wouldn't even let him into the good ol' U.S.A. for quite some time due to his giving money to knowen religious organizations that have engaged in terrorist actions against others. Cat Stevens swears that he knows nothing of what has been done with it and has always maintained his peaceful outlook on life. After all, this was written amongst many other anti war songs that he did. it was the 60's after all when he was at his all time heightened fame. Great artist non the less, although I haven't listened to any of his Yusif releases. Maybe some time i'll take the time and listen to it to see if his writting has gone to pot or not. Should be interesting non the less.
    GreyBeatleon August 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so simple, yet so profound. I dig it.
    jrayfarmon January 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I heard this song on the Timberland ad, I went out and bought "the very best of". I never regretted it. Its a great CD, filled with songs like this one. So pleasing to listen to, yet it makes ya think.
    dsyntaxon February 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, but I don't know what it's exactly about. To me, it means living a simple, enjoyable life. By going where your heart takes you, not having too many wants, and not dwelling on your past mistakes, you will live a happy, complete life.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou have to listen to the wind of your soul. you don't always have to know where your going. less is better.
    emma.leeon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a fantastically simple song, but it is so effecting. It is just saying that you should just do what you want, let the wind take you where you want to go. Brilliant.
    sammo_10101on August 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing.
    dont_panicon June 27, 2004   Link

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