Al Stewart is a British singer-songwriter and folk rock musician.
He is best known for his 1976 single “Year of the Cat” and its 1978 follow-up “Time Passages” (both of which were produced by Alan Parsons), although albums such as Past, Present and Future  and Modern Times  are seen as more representative of Stewart’s talent as a historical wordsmith and lyrical balladeer.
Year of the Cat
Year of the Cat is a song by British singer-songwriter Al Stewart. It is the title track of the album Year of the Cat, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in January 1976 by engineer Alan Parsons, and released in July of that year. It remains one of Stewart’s most popular songs and receives regular airplay on both classic rock and folk rock stations. It is noted for its lengthy, beautiful instrumental sections, including a long solo that encompasses violin, piano, acoustic guitar, distorted electric guitar, and saxophone. The song was co-written by Peter Wood.
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running
Like a watercolour in the rain
Don’t bother asking for explanations
She’ll just tell you that she came
In the year of the cat.
She doesn’t give you time for questions
As she locks up your arm in hers
And you follow ’till your sense of which direction
By the blue tiled walls near the market stalls
There’s a hidden door she leads you to
These days, she says, I feel my life
Just like a river running through
The year of the cat
She looks at you so cooly
And her eyes shine like the moon in the sea
She comes in incense and patchouli
So you take her, to find what’s waiting inside
The year of the cat.
Well morning comes and you’re still with her
And the bus and the tourists are gone
And you’ve thrown away the choice and lost your ticket
So you have to stay on
But the drum-beat strains of the night remain
In the rhythm of the new-born day
You know sometime you’re bound to leave her
BUt for now you’re going to stay
In the year of the cat.
Alison Krauss is an American bluegrass singer and fiddle player who has been in the music industry since she was ten years old. She was invited to join the band, Union Station (now Alison Krauss and Union Station) in 1987 and recorded their first album in 1989.
Alison has appeared on numerous soundtracks and has helped usher in a new interest in bluegrass music in the United States. She has appeared on the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? and on the Cold Mountain soundtracks.
I’ll Fly Away
One of the three songs she performed on the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. This one she shared vocals and harmony with Gillian Welch to perform a traditional bluegrass/gospel song. When I go, this is the song that will be on my soul…