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Case Study: Sad Lisa - sensitive or delusion?

Back in the heyday of folk music, Cat Stevens produced an excellent body of work, among them, the song "Sad Lisa."

Even without the words, the music was beautiful. With the words, it was fascinating.

Is the artist describing a tale told by someone sensitive to spirits (one of the few humans said to be able to see ghosts), or the inner turmoil of one who has created an imaginary person which only they can see (ex. the federal agent in A BEAUTIFUL MIND)?

Sad Lisa

She hangs her head and cries in my shirt
She must be hurt very badly
Tell me what's making you sad, Li?
Open your door
Don't hide in the dark
You're lost in the dark
You can trust me
'Cause you know that's how it must be

Lisa, Lisa
Sad Lisa, Lisa

Her eyes like windows tricklin' rain
Upon her pain getting deeper
Though my love wants to relieve her
She walks alone from wall to wall
Lost in her hall
She can't hear me
Though I know she likes to be near me
Lisa, Lisa
Sad Lisa, Lisa

She sits in a corner by the door
There must be more I can tell her
If she really wants me to help her
I'll do what I can to show her the way
And maybe one day I will free her
Though I know no one can see her
Lisa, Lisa
Sad Lisa, Lisa




Comments (2)

Lovely song...music and lyrics.
I used to be a great fan of Cat Steven's.

Salut Beau..nice to see you back in action.wave
Bohemund
Bonjour, ma puce.

Just visiting.

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