Cat Stevens Sitting cover

Sitting
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Lyrics and Meaning


Released
January 1, 1975
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Sitting Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
Oh I'm on my way I know I am,
Somewhere not so far from here
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hair
Verse 2
Sitting on my own not by myself,
Everybody's here with me
I don't need to touch your face lo know,
And I don't need to use my eyes to see
Verse 3
I keep on wondering if I sleep too long,
Will I always wake up the same (or so)?
I keep on wondering if I sleep to long,
Will I even wake up the same or something
Verse 4
Oh I'm on my way I know I am,
But times there were when thought not
Bleeding half my soul in bad company,
I thank the moon I had the strength to stop
Verse 5
I'm not making love to anyone's wishes,
Only for that light I see
Cause when I'm dead and lowered low in my grave,
That's gonna be the only thing that's left of me
Verse 6
And if I make it to the waterside,
Will I even find me a boat (or so)?
And I if I make it lo the waterside,
I'll be sure to write you note or something
Verse 7
Oh I'm on my way I know I am,
Somewhere not so far from here
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing In my hair
Verse 8
Oh life is like a maze of doors
And they all open from the side you're on
Just keep on pushing hard boy, try as you may
You're going to wind up where you started from
You're going to wind up where you started from

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spenfriend2
1 1 Thoughts  1 1 Eurekas
3 months ago
No one can accurately know what an artist meant when he/she wrote the lyrics to any song, and decades later, what their understanding might be of the subject they wrote about. Stevens, who I saw in his first concert in 1970 in Princeton, N.J.,, as far as I know, has always been a seriously spiritual cat. Some of his songs express this burning yearning for Truth. In this song, he is definitely telling us that he's on his way, traveling 'not so far from here', which means he realizes that the journey is actually not somewhere else, but to the present, the here and now. He also realizes that he's not just a separate being, but has the revelation of nonduality... that 'everybody's here with me'. He has the typical doubt that he's actually awake from the trance he's been in for most of his life...of believing his thoughts, ideas, opinions, and judgements. He realizes that there are people in his life who aren't truly his friends, that aren't supportive of his awakening... 'bleeding half my soul in bad company'. He also realizes that trying to please others is not his true purpose in Life, but rather to embody and serve the Truth... 'the only thing that's left of me'. He also realizes that as hard as he might push on the 'door', it won't open...that his own efforts and control are not going to work, 'because you're going to wind up where you started from'. That is, you're gonna realize that it's about letting go, surrendering, and being who you are, instead of who you think you are. It's a beautiful expression of a sincere human being who wants Truth in his life more than fame, stature, riches, and the fulfillment of his desires...a rare realization among most celebrities.

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