Catch the Wind

Donovan

About Catch the Wind

"Catch the Wind" is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 12 March 1965 through Pye Records (Pye 7N 15801) and a few months later in the United States through Hickory Records (Hickory 45-1309). The single was backed with "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?" on both the United Kingdom and United States releases. "Catch the Wind" was the first release by Donovan. It reached No.4 in the United Kingdom singles chart and No. 23 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. The single version featured Donovan's vocals with echo and a string section. The song was re-recorded for Donovan's first album What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid, without the vocal echo and strings and with a harmonica solo added. When Epic Records was compiling Donovan's Greatest Hits in 1968, the label was either unable or unwilling to secure the rights to the original recordings of "Catch the Wind" and Donovan's follow-up single, "Colours". Donovan re-recorded both songs for the album, with a full backing band including Big Jim Sullivan playing guitar and Mickie Most producing. 


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1965
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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

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Donovan

Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled as an imitator of Bob Dylan, Donovan quickly developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has variously lived in Scotland, London, California and Ireland, and currently lives with his family in County Cork in Ireland. more »

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Written by: Donovan Leitch

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13 facts about this song

Origin
"Catch the Wind" is the first single by British singer-songwriter Donovan, released in the United Kingdom on March 12, 1965.
Writing Credits
Donovan Leitch himself wrote the song when he was just 18 years old.
Inspiration
Said to be inspired by his quest to woo a childhood friend named Linda Lawrence. It's his first original song.
Album
The song is part of his debut studio album "What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid" which was released in the same year.
Chart Performance
The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart in April 1965.
US Release
"Catch the Wind" was released in the US on Hickory Records in conjunction with Pye International.
Version Differences
The single version is a different take than the one that appeared on the album.
Instrumentation
Donovan played the guitar himself and harmonica was played by Gypsy Dave, real name Gyp Mills.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by more than 30 artists, including Susan Boyle, Cher, Bobby Bare, Glen Campbell, and Joan Baez.
Recognition
It won the Ivor Novello Award in 1965 and was later featured in the movie "The Boat That Rocked" in 2009.
Lyrics Appeal
The acoustic ballad's lyrics are considered poignant and melancholic, drawing similarities to Bob Dylan's early work.
Profit Sharing
Donovan had to give 10% of his first five year's royalties to 'Ready Steady Go!', a TV program as a part of their 'discovery' deal.
Re-Recordings
Over the years, Donovan has re-recorded "Catch the Wind" several times, which include different versions such as a slowed-down rendition and another with additional strings.

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