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"Peace Train" is the title of a 1971 hit song by Cat Stevens, taken from his album Teaser and the Firecat. The song climbed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of October 9, 1971, becoming Stevens' first Top 10 hit. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[1] It is also featured on The Very Best of Cat Stevens compilation album.

Along with John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance", Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms", it is reputedly one of the most famous war-protest songs in history.[citation needed]

Cat Stevens later converted to Islam, changed his name to Yusuf Islam, and went into reclusion, but later made some public comments about the plight of children in the Iraq War. Stevens said "'Peace Train' is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution." He re-recorded the song for War Child in 2003. The song has also been covered by Tony Meléndez in 1987, and Jann Arden in 2007.

Aside from Stevens' original recording, a cover version of "Peace Train" was recorded by the American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. The song originally appeared on the band's 1987 album, In My Tribe, but it failed to chart. After Stevens said that his religion called for the death of Salman Rushdie, 10,000 Maniacs lead singer Natalie Merchant had "Peace Train" removed from all copies of the album in the U.S.

In 1996, Dolly Parton included a version of "Peace Train" on her album of covers Treasures. Parton produced a CBS television special, airing in November 1996, to promote the album, in which she described "Peace Train" as a personal favorite song of hers. The special also included a brief interview of Yusuf Islam, describing how he came to write the song. (Islam later joined Parton on a cover of another of his songs, "Where Do the Children Play?", playing guitar on the track.)

Stevens performed the song live at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony when Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh received the award. The interlude during the song where the background singers chant "Kumbayaba" was removed for this version.

The song has appeared in the films, Remember the Titans and We Are Marshall.

The song was also performed with the accompaniment of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

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