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Cat Stevens Moonshadow
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Welcome to a journey through time and melody as we explore the lyrical depths and musical legacy of "Cat Stevens Moonshadow." This iconic song, rich with nostalgia, warmth, joy, and an interesting backstory, continues to inspire music lovers and folk guitar musicians worldwide.

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Song Meaning

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Moonshadow hails from the 1971 album Teaser And The Firecat.

This was Cat Steven's first # hit in the US  and was a top 5 in several other countries.

"Moonshadow," written and performed by Cat Stevens, holds a special place in the extensive repertoire of his songs. The song, a product of an uncertain period in Stevens' life, represents his gratitude for life's blessings and his willingness to accept whatever challenges lie ahead.

The ethereal song is steeped in positivity, emphasizing resilience in the face of adversity. Each verse combines the idea of losing something physical yet still being happy with one's spiritual self - a moonshadow, if you will.

The response to "Moonshadow" was globally enthusiastic. The single reached high positions on music charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom, underlining the universal appeal of its sentiments and placing Cat Stevens firmly on the music industry's radar.

Stevens' rendition of "Moonshadow" radiates a distinct aura of relaxation and fondness, making it a staple in many families’ evening routines as well as pubs' weekend playlists. His performance brims with inviting warmth, opening an intimate conversation with listeners, which is part of the song’s enduring allure.

Artists Covering Moonshadow

Over the years, many musicians, from established to indie, have tried their hand at recreating the magic of "Moonshadow." Renowned artists including Mandy Moore, Labelle, and Roger Whittaker, among others, have covered the song, paying homage to its simplicity, depth, and infectious melody.

Speaking of impact, "Moonshadow," along with other Cat Stevens songs, is also known to have influenced many musicians in their careers, spreading a musical inspiration that transcends generations. Singer-songwriter legend, Jack Johnson, for instance, has cited Stevens as a significant influence.

Trivia About Moonshadow

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While recording "Moonshadow," Stevens was reportedly deeply invested in capturing the correct vibe. The recording session was said to be relaxed and unhurried, reflecting the "going with the flow" message of the song. It's no wonder the song evokes an air of serene joy to this day.

Interestingly, "Moonshadow" became the namesake for and featured prominently in a stage musical in 2012. Commissioned by Yusuf himself, ‘Moonshadow’ was a musical drama that wove a story around the singer's most significant hits.

One of the interesting trivia about "Moonshadow" and Cat Stevens' rendition is that it was one of the first songs Stevens played after returning to Western-styled music following a long hiatus since his conversion to Islam. This fact underlines the song's deep-seated importance to the artist.

Spirituality plays a significant part in many of Cat Stevens' works, particularly in "Moonshadow." The song is often interpreted as a premonition of his later spiritual awakening and conversion to Islam, owing mainly to the lyrics' metaphysical implications.

Cat Stevens Moonshadow
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

Chords & Lyrics


Moonshadow Chords

As guitar enthusiasts might appreciate, the song is not very complex, making it a favorite for novice to intermediate level musicians. It is played in the key of D, following a reasonably straightforward chord progression, ensuring that it's as satisfying to play as it is to listen to.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, G, Em, A7, Bm, E, A


Oh, I'm bein' followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow
Leapin and hoppin' on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land
Oh if I ever lose my hands, Oh if I won't have to work no more

And if I ever lose my eyes, if my colours all run dry
Yes if I ever lose my eyes, Oh if I won't have to cry no more

Oh, I'm bein' followed by a moonshadow, moon shadow, moonshadow
Leapin and hoppin' on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow

And if I ever lose my legs, I won't moan, and I won't beg
Yes if I ever lose my legs, Oh if I won't have to walk no more

And if I ever lose my mouth, all my teeth, north and south
Yes if I ever lose my mouth, Oh if I won't have to talk

Did it take long to find me? I asked the faithful light
Did it take long to find me? And are you gonna stay the night

Moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow


For hobbyists and pub performers who take to the stage over the weekends, the song's universal appeal, comforting familiarity, and technical accessibility make "Moonshadow" by Cat Stevens a warmly received act. Its uplifting message of hope and positivity often resonates deeply with the audience.

The song's lasting appeal is partly due to its mystery. Listeners have often pondered the deeper meaning of "Moonshadow," and music critics constantly revisit and reinterpret its lyrics. This curiosity keeps the song relevant, even years after its release.

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Cat Stevens Moonshadow Summary

In closing, "Moonshadow" is more than just a song; it’s a testament to the undying spirit and optimism of Cat Stevens. It invites us to see the joy in loss, the strength in vulnerability, and most notably, the exultation in plain existence.

To all passionate guitarists, folk music enthusiasts, and Cat Stevens admirers, let's continue to seek solace under the "Moonshadow," strumming the chords of this timeless melody, exploring its profound lyrics, and continuing its undying legacy. Here's to the timeless beauty and joy of "Cat Stevens Moonshadow."

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