Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has recorded a rendition of the George Harrison song “The Day the World Gets Round” with former Beatles collaborator Klaus Voorman to raise money for Gaza. The song is available for download as of today and all the proceeds will go to UNRWA and Save The Children. Islam wrote on his website that he hopes this song “will help remind people of the immense legacy of love, peace and happiness we can share when we get round to looking at mankind’s futile wars and prejudices, and start to change our foolish ways.”
It’s wonderful that Yusuf Islam is doing this. As Christopher Gunness from UNRWA said “This is a fantastically generous act and we hope to reach new audiences in bringing a message of hope at a time when Gaza so badly needs it.” No doubt, Gaza definitely needs it. It’s kind of ironic that the charity song is available for download on the same day the BBC decided not to air a Gaza appeal.
Reading the lyrics to the song, it’s easy to understand why Islam would choose it for this fundraising purpose. Here’s an excerpt:
The day the world gets ’round
To understanding where it’s gone
Losing so much ground
Killing each other, hand in hand
Such foolishness in man
I want no part of their plan
You can download the song on iTunes or from Jamal Records here.