Religious Rock Top Ten: Morning Has Broken (#4)

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@FourWalls (51126)
United States
November 28, 2022 10:54am CST
Back to work! No, don’t do that, that’s what Cyber Monday is for. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving weekend here in America. I’m continuing to celebrate the religious nature of the holidays (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas) with this look at hits that had a religious theme. Here’s today’s song. #4: Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens Only in the 70s could you have someone record a hymn, release it as a single, and have it make the charts! That’s exactly what Cat Stevens did. “Morning Has Broken” dates to 1931…the lyrics, anyway. The melody is a Scottish melody called “Bunessan,” and it’s also the melody for the Christmas carol “Child in the Manger.” This song is basically Stevens and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. That’s his gorgeous piano playing throughout the song. It became a top ten hit throughout the world when released in early 1972. It’s still a beautiful reminder of “God’s re-creation of the new day.” Morning Has Broken Lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon, traditional melody Adapted by Cat Stevens Recorded by Cat Stevens From Teaser and the Firecat, 1971 Praise for the singing:
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@spiderdust (13896)
• San Jose, California
30 Nov
We used to sing this in the interfaith choir I was involved with a few years ago.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
1 Dec
It’s a great song for singing in an interfaith setting.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
1 Dec
@spiderdust — shape note singing is AMAZING!!!!! Maybe a “lost art,” but a beautiful one!
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@spiderdust (13896)
• San Jose, California
1 Dec
@FourWalls We also sang "Here Comes The Sun" and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord", plus a few shape note hymns that I really liked. I do miss that choir.
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@dgobucks226 (31943)
28 Nov
Enjoyed the backstory on this tune! Rick Wakeman, wow! I think my sweet George would agree, this is an awesome tune
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
Can you see Wakeman in his cape showing up for the session?
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
3 Dec
@dgobucks226 — look at Jimmy Page. He did session work for Brenda Lee, Tom Jones, and Lulu!
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@dgobucks226 (31943)
3 Dec
@FourWalls That would be quite a session I believe the group "Yes" was the first concert I attended. Funny how musicians with a totally different style of playing wind up doing session work for certain artists. Guess it pays the bills!
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@RebeccasFarm (84870)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
28 Nov
A most lovely song Four Walls. I remember it well and the time of my youth.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
30 Nov
@FourWalls No not really Four Walls. Yes we were blessed to live then.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
1 Dec
@RebeccasFarm — a truly remarkable time for music.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
One of the reasons why we boast about that era of music. Could you see this being a hit today?!
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• United States
28 Nov
Perfect song for your list.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
28 Nov
I think so, because some people might not know it’s a hymn!
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• United States
28 Nov
@FourWalls I didn't realize it was a hymn so I'm "some people"
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
28 Nov
@Marilynda1225 — one of the many functions I perform here.
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@JudyEv (301017)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Nov
What a great song this is. This is #4 and I've known them all. As you mentioned, it would have a lot to do with the era.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
I’m thinking you won’t know the #1 song only because it wasn’t a “big hit.”
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@JudyEv (301017)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Nov
@FourWalls Bring it on! I'm on a roll.
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@JudyEv (301017)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
@Khera0 Yes, I'm familiar with this one.
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@LindaOHio (115258)
• United States
29 Nov
I didn't know that I knew this song until I played it. Didn't know it was a hymn. Hope you have a marvelous day!
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
30 Nov
I had a terrific day, and I’m glad you know it!
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@LindaOHio (115258)
• United States
2 Dec
@FourWalls That's great to hear!!!!!
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@BarBaraPrz (40252)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
28 Nov
Yup, lovely song. Are ya gonna spend Hanukkah in Santa Monica?
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
I’d prefer Key West but that doesn’t rhyme. And no Yom Kippur in Mississipper either!
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@DWDavis (21252)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 Dec
This song is on my morning playlist for my students and over the years I've introduced a number of kids to the wonderful music of Cat Stevens.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
4 Dec
And it is indeed wonderful music they should be introduced to!
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@RasmaSandra (61575)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Nov
One of the most lovely songs ever, Always made me tear up in the mornings when I heard it and always reminds me of walking in my garden barefoot in the morning due in the summer back in Latvia.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
The magic of music to do that!! This is such a stunning song.
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@andriaperry (117347)
• Anniston, Alabama
28 Nov
I actually like religious rock
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
28 Nov
Lots of songs with a religious theme!
@Dena91 (17931)
• United States
29 Nov
Love love love this song.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
Glad glad glad you do!
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@Kandae11 (50194)
28 Nov
A very beautiful song. I can see why it made the charts.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
Folk music was quite popular in the 60s and 70s so it was a natural to be popular.
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@CarolDM (202018)
• United States
28 Nov
A classic song for sure. Thanks for the link. Love it.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
28 Nov
Truly lovely song. Cat’s voice is perfect for the song.
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@CarolDM (202018)
• United States
28 Nov
@FourWalls Totally agree about his voice.
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@Beestring (9817)
• Hong Kong
29 Nov
This is a great song. One of my favorites.
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
29 Nov
It’s so beautiful. Glad you enjoyed hearing it again.
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@NJChicaa (110968)
• United States
28 Nov
Yup
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@FourWalls (51126)
• United States
28 Nov
You are pulling my leg!!! And on a Monday after a four-day weekend?????
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@arunima25 (78849)
• Bangalore, India
29 Nov
Just enjoyed the song. Thanks for sharing it. Happy holidays there
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