Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens
Stevens Cat 1972 Morning Has Broken 45
Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word
1972
6
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972
  • peaked at No. 9 on the UK Singles chart in 1972
  • from Cat Stevens' fifth album, Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
  • the memorable piano heard on the record was played by Rick Wakeman, later a member of the band Yes; in a 2000 BBC interview Wakeman said he had agreed to perform on the Cat Stevens track and was very disappointed when he was omitted from the credits, adding that he never received any payment for his work
  • written by traditional, Eleanor Farjeon (lyrics), Cat Stevens
  • Cat Stevens: "It was my mother who used to lullaby me...sing ...she was from Sweden...so she had a very, very sweet voice...when I sang 'Morning Has Broken, the one thing that gave me the key to that song was thinking about my mother's voice"
  • produced by Paul Samwell-Smith
  • recorded at Morgan Studios, London
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