This songbook comes courtesy of Vince Wilson and
is a wonderful songbook with many beautiful photographs and all the song chords for both
the guitar and paino. Not to mention all the drawings for all of the polygon cartoon
THE NUMBERS SONGBOOK
A Pythagorian Theory
How come things seem to
happen in threes? Is it sheer coincidence or merely the normal cycle of happenings?
But then, numbers have
always figured into Cats life. As a child, there was the lucky number three. As a
recording artist, when he first started writing, all verses came in threes. The number
created a unified form: the beginning, the middle and the end.
during Cats 1974 Australian Tour that the doctrines of Pythagoras were revealed to
him by a tall lady named Hestia Lovejoy. In return he dedicated his album NUMBERS to her
and proceeded to complete his musical concept.
From the remote teachings
of Pythagoras, Cat began to develop an idea about using numbers as symbols or
manifestations of the laws of life as they happen in the Universe.
In November 1975, the idea
began shaping into a fantaspiritual musical set on the planet Polygor. In the story, there
is a castle with a number machine. This machine existing to fulfill the sole purpose of
the planet: to disperse numbers to the rest of the universe. Only ten inhabitants exist on
Polygon. 1,2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 0. 0, known as Jzero, turns out to be a
prophet who comes from nowhere as a slave and eventually confuses everybody with his
It took Cat three months in
Brazil to complete writing NUMBERS. He then set out to find writers for the story. He
found them in two English humorists named Chris Bryant and Allan Scoff. The combination
proved to be synergetic, for when they joined Cat in Canada for the recording of the
album, they quickly outlined and worked out the story. Most of the work was completed
before Cat flew to Paris in June 1975, to begin his drawing.
As though drawing in Paris
werent enough inspiration, Cat drew from Disney for a feeling of detail and reality.
He borrowed from Disneys use of shadows to lend a quality of mystery. Often
detailing from the interiors of a design before ever approaching the exterior scenario. By
July, Cat was ready to return to the States, with 50 illustrations in hand, for the
release of his new album.
One wonders whether the
album NUMBERS and the book, both filled with magic, fantasy and spirit, are the finale for
this phase in Cats creation, They are, after all, two remarkable pieces. But as
numbers seem to go, especially for Cat Stevens, we can probably expect a third. Things do
seem to happen in threes.