The song played in my mind throughout the experience.Even today, whenever I hear this wonderful song, I am carried back to that time and can re-experience this event in my mind.This song has always been unique among all songs I've ever heard - the combination of the very different musical effects with the storyline has captivated me from the first time I ever heard it.Unlike most listeners in this country, I was raised overseas (although I was born in Texas); so the imagery of the "blue tiled walls near the market stalls" hits home to me in a special way, since I've grown up around bazaars and markets from Okinawa to Pakistan to Istanbul.It is a masterpiece that is sadly never played on the radio but that's part of its beauty I guess, that you know and love a hidden gem.listening to this song laying on the couch with your earphones in and eyes closed - amazing.We had studio quality sound and would listen intently for hours.
I am 3 times her age but I will take care of her and her child.Both girls and their families were refugees from the first wave. Early in the trip I became attached to a 20 yo girl who I met in one of classes.I eventually went to Viet Nam and found the house where my late wife had lived. We spent the rest of the trip together and I will return in October.I love the way the song takes its time.intro is long, and that is by no means a bad thing. I don't want to think about how much time I have spent here.Al Stewart in one of the smartest and most literate songwriters of modern times. This song has more comments than anything I have seen.The same week it entered the Top 100 another 'Stewart' held down the top spot, Rod's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" was in its fifth week at being #1... Stewart, born Alastair Ian Stewart, will celebrate his 69th birthday this coming September 5th, and Rod turn 69 one month ago on January 10th.A magnificent song.has everything- compelling narrative, infectious melody, wonderful instrumentation (particularly when the strings come in after the bridge).I first heard of Al Stewart in 1976 or 7 when my Vietnamese girl friend gave me the Year of he Cat album.I eventually married a different Vietnamese girl who passed away.He is gone now which hurts even though I broke our relationship off. Thanks to this site I now know what's behind the allure of "Year of the Cat" — not just the song but the whole album of the same name. If you think I'm over-rating Parsons' contribution to "Year of the Cat" I suggest you listen to some Alan Parsons Project tunes. There is something almost hypnotic about this song.Examples include "Time" and "Don't Let It Show." That mysterious enveloping attraction is present in these songs, too. Every time I hear it on XM or the radio, I have to listen all the way through.