Watch “Donovan – Catch the wind” on YouTube (Then: enjoy reading the lyrics and the few comments about the meaning of this beautifully written song)

  • 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

  • Written by Donovan Leitch
    Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
    Lyrics powered by LyricFind

  • 13 Years Agocrluvalotbear
  • General Comment:

    I hit rock bottom with this song and “The River” (the boss). Cried for hours– it’s about the longing. The intense love and wanting of that one special person…and not being able to have them…

  • 10 Years Agoboiledgoose
  • General Comment:

    one of the best songs ever about unrequited love.

  • 10 Years Agojondurian
  • General Comment:

    This song is so utterly sad. Reading the previous posts, to me it is more about a love lost rather than unrequited love – a love lost through a death of a partner maybe. The lyrics describe the emptiness and hurt of this all so well.

  • 10 Years AgoAquilusDomini
  • Song Meaning:

    a beautiful song. so bloody sad though. love lost, love rejected, or quite possibly, love never realized by the woman.

  • 13 Years Agobzenz
  • General Comment:

    This song is great. I used it in a little video I did of my two daughters. I can feel this song being about trying to hold on to their youth for my own sake, and how years from now I will be missing we are emotionally now, while our whole worlds are just each other.

  • 14 Years Agojersey73
  • General Comment:

    Both versions of this song are incredible. The lyrics kill me. I always took it as a guy professing his love to a girl for the last time. Kinda saying, “Listen, I’ve told you a million times how much I love you. I’ll describe it one last time. If you don’t get it then I am finally gonna leave (catch the wind….and blow out of your life.)”

  • 14 Years AgoKurtin
  • General Comment:

    Dude… No.

    “Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind” is a phrase designed to portray the futility of his hopes and dreams with regard to the object of his desires — presumably a girl.

    He’s just being poetic about the romance he’s seeking, but he keeps reaching the same conclusion: “Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind”. Catch the wind. The wind takes quite some catching, there, buddy. It’s like saying, “Ah, but I may as well try and lose my shadow”.

    Back to the real world, in other words.

  • 13 Years Agostill stupid
  • General Comment:

    The version on greatest hits is far superior to the original and live is also great.

  • 13 Years Agojtucker7
  • General Comment:

    he wasnt trying to sound like Dylan. he was trying to sound like woody guthrie if anyone.

  • 11 Years AgoALAYNAppl4peace
  • General Comment:

    i love this song.

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5 responses to “Watch “Donovan – Catch the wind” on YouTube (Then: enjoy reading the lyrics and the few comments about the meaning of this beautifully written song)

  1. Always one of my favourite Donovan songs along with ‘Mellow Yellow’ and ‘Colours’.

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