♫ Catch The Wind ♫

This was Donovan’s debut single, released in March 1965 in the UK and a few months later in the U.S.

Donovan had a fleeting love affair with model Linda Lawrence, who was then the girlfriend of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones soon after writing this song. He bumped into her four years later and they married in 1970.  Now here’s my confusion … he says he wrote this song for Linda, even though he hadn’t met her yet when he wrote the song!

“‘Catch The Wind’, I wrote it for Linda, although I hadn’t really met her yet. It is a song of unrequited love, yet I hadn’t really met her, so how could I miss her? And I seem to write prophetic songs in the sense of the Celtic poet and I wrote this song before I met Linda, of a love I would like to have had and lost.”

Ah well … I’m very tired tonight and it’s too much for my mind to grasp, so let’s just listen to the music for a few minutes, shall we?

Catch the Wind
Donovan

In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty
I want to be
In the warm hold of your loving mind

To feel you all around me
And to take your hand
Along the sand
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

When sundown pales the sky
I want to hide a while
Behind your smile
And everywhere I’d look, your eyes I’d find

For me to love you now
Would be the sweetest thing
T’would make me sing
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

Diddy di dee dee diddy diddy
Diddy diddy diddy dee dee dee

When rain has hung the leaves with tears
I want you near to kill my fears
To help me to leave all my blues behind

For standin’ in your heart
Is where I want to be
And long to be
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind

Songwriters: Donovan Leitch
Catch the Wind lyrics © Peermusic Publishing

21 thoughts on “♫ Catch The Wind ♫

  1. We Canadians called him the British Bob Dylan, but no, he was just Donovan. He taught John Lennon how to play the acoustic guitar; John taught him how to play electric. A win-win deal for both them and us.
    There are many stories of the backstories behind his music, but if he says this about Catch the Wind, I believe him. It is a song about yearning for the perfect love, and I guess when he met Linda he knew the song was for her, even though he had not yet met her when he wrote it. He hoped it would be a prophetic song, and he was one of the lucky ones. This does not happen for many of us! We end up chasing the wind.
    Totally by way of nothing, a novel I wrote involved a girl named Jennifer who died in childbirth. Jennifer was part of a threesome, and her other female half (Donna) dreamt Jennifer wanted to name the baby Juniper. This was 30 years later in real life, and it wasn’t until many chapters later I realized that dream was backwards-prophetic. My subconscious mind made connections my conscious writing mind did not let me see. The band in the book was later playing the Isle of Wight festival, where Donna met Donovan backstage, and he sang for her his then-newest song, Jennifer Juniper. It all came together in a flash of lightning, and I sat amazed at the trick my mind played on me. I did not write those scenes, they came to me from my muse. I could never have conjured that plotline up on my own…
    Prophetic? Only is a very hindsight kind of way… Only on the Isle of Wight, which was not even in my pre-vision of the story.

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    • I was going through some postie notes I had on my computer and one said “play Donovan for rawgod” … and so, I did! And in return, I have learned from you, for I did not know a) that Donovan and John Lennon even knew each other, let alone had taught each other, and b) that you had written a novel! Or if I knew (b), I had since forgotten it. So, I go to Amazon looking for a book by Jerry Miller, and instead I find CDs by Jerry Miller … that I’m guessing are not you, but figured I should ask, since you are obviously a man of many hidden talents!

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