Sunday Side Up Brit Bunch: "Morning has Broken" by Cat Stevens

John Lockwood
March 12, 2021

"Morning has Broken" is actually a Christian hymn that was first published in 1931. English author Eleanor Frajeon wrote the lyrics and was inspired by the village of Alfriston in East Sussex, then set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune called "Bunessan".

When Cat Stevens started to adapt the song into his own style for the "Teaser and the Firecat" LP, the entire length of early demos lasted only 45 seconds! After feedback from the record company saying "Morning has Broken" needed to be at least 3 minutes long for inclusion on the album, Stevens heard Rick Wakeman working on a beautiful piano riff for a completely different project. After some persuading, Wakeman agreed to adapt a rendition of what he'd created for Cat.

And yes, that is Rick Wakeman playing the piano on "Morning has Broken!"

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