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The Cat Empire - So Many Nights 2007 (Pochette)

So Many Nights, sorti en septembre 2007. Composé de 14 titres dont 'Fishies', 'The Darkness', 'No Longer There'...

Dans son ensemble, l'album est plus "sombre" que les précédents, mais aussi plus mature et technique. On s'éloigne un peu de style festif made in Cat Empire que l'on aime tant, au profit de sujets plus variés, graves. C'est un album que j'ai commencé à apprécier après plusieurs écoutes seulement, il faut se plonger into the 'darkness' et faire abstraction de titres comme 'Strong Coffee'.


PAROLES & TRADUCTIONS
01 - So Many Nights

It doesn't matter what I say It doesn't matter what I do
It seems I'm going to have to change my look for you cos
I've got two shoes but they've been walked too far
And I thing that we could float from evening to the stars

When I see you in the distance with your friends
I look around and then I look down at my threads
It's inappropriate that I should present like a
Retired Matador with unpaid rent

So many nights I'm still thinking about you
And so many nights you step in and I walk through
So he doesn't care except he still combs his hair
So what am I supposed to do?

I bought a suit and I bought a top hat
And I put a red stripe down the side of my slacks
Went to the barber got my hair cut high
And I bought a ticket for the opera tonight

But when I see you your bodice and your pride
It's nice to greet you with an interrupted stride, besides
you say 'Good Evening' you don't say 'Goodnight'
And I can't deny that

So many nights I'm still thinking about you
And so many nights until I change my suit
And when I'm bare don't need to comb my hair
'Cause I found what to do

Put your waistcoat on, Put your waistcoat on

So many nights I'm still thinking about you
And so many nights you step in and I walk through
So he doesn't care except he still combs his hair
So what am I supposed to do?

So many nights I'm still thinking about you
And so many nights until I change my suit
And when I'm bare don't need to comb my hair
'Cause I found what to do

Put your waistcoat on, Put your waistcoat on
Put your waistcoat on, Put your waistcoat on

06 - Lonely Moon

Girl in the park one day
Killing all the bugs on the pavement
Seems like she got a nasty streak
But she does it in a beautiful way

Like a bullet from a gun
She sparks and then she runs
The only thing she's sure of
Is that no one really understands

Sometimes ... talking about
Things just seem so strange
Lie awake in the lonely night
Things just seem so strange

Maybe it's all prearranged
Tears on an empty page
Look out the window see the full moon bloom and
This is what he says, Baby

Don't you worry
When you feel so lonely, cos
Everyone's lonely
They're all crazy too
Like their mothers
Like their fathers
Everyone's crazy
Under a lonely moon

Sometimes she gets this way
About her when she sways
Slips into a liquid tune
And vanishes away
And it's only for herself
She can't bring anyone else
Everyone's got a special box
That they keep on a dusty shelf

Such a beautiful dangerous thing
Beautiful and strange
Making love to the night itself
Beautiful and strange

Maybe it's all prearranged
Tears on an empty page
Look out the window see the full moon bloom and
This is what he says, Baby

Don't you worry
If people call you crazy, cos
Everyone's crazy
They're all lonely too
Like their mothers
Like their fathers
Everyone's crazy
Under a lonely moon

Don't you worry
When you feel so lonely, cos
Everyone's lonely
They're all crazy too
Like their mothers
Like their fathers
Everyone's lonely
Under a lonely moon
Don't you worry
If people call you crazy, cos
Everyone's crazy
They're all lonely too
Like their mothers
Like their fathers
Everyone's crazy
Under a lonely moon

11 - Til The Ocean Takes Us All

I love you like oil
Coming down hard
Need you so fast
Need you so right away
Like a road train
I need you babe
Let's burn it all away
But I love you like water
You give me order
It's getting hotter
Believe me when I say
That like a spring rain
I need you babe
But nothing last forever after all ....
I'll love you til the ocean takes us all

This is the story of two lovers like twins

They would do lovers things blame original sin

Look into their eyes only for the meaning of the hour

As if there only everything existed in their power, yet

Lo and behold they drifted of a stream humming

How does it go? Oh 'Life is but a dream'

Well the steam became a river and the river start to tow
They, they didn't notice at all

I love you like oil
Coming down hard
Need you so fast
Need you so right away
Like a road train
I need you babe
But nothing last forever after all ....
I'll love you til the ocean takes us all

And on this black day the people shouted from the shore
Screaming, 'Stop gazing and swim to save us all!'
But the twins they didn't hear at all they whispered nothings
Down the waterfall
And for what? Why did love become this void?
When the ones we love are the one we would destroy
Have you heard about the phrase says 'Ignorance is bliss'?
Well, what bliss could lead to this.


When I need you like water
You give me order
It's getting hotter
Believe me when I say
That like a spring rain
I need you babe
But nothing last forever after all ....
I'll love you til the ocean takes us all

Bridge

I love you like oil
Coming down hard
Need you so fast
Need you so right away
Like a road train
I need you babe
Let's burn it all away
But I love you like water
You give me order
It's getting hotter
Believe me when I say
That like a spring rain
I need you babe
But nothing last forever after all ....
I'll love you til the ocean takes us all

Je t’aime comme le pétrole
Qui redescend si vite
J’ai besoin de toi si vite
J’ai besoin de toi tout de suite 
Comme un train en route
J’ai besoin de toi 
Laissons tout cela brûler au loin
Car je t’aime comme l’eau
Tu me donne des ordres
Ca devient plus chaud
Crois moi quand je dis
Que comme une pluie de printemps
J’ai besoin de toi 
Mais après tout rien ne dure pour toujours....
Je t’aimerai jusqu’à ce que l’océan nous emporte tous

C'est l'histoire de deux amants semblables à des jumeaux
Ils voudraient faire des choses d'amants et blâmer le péché originel
Se regarder au fond des yeux juste pour donner sens aux heures
Comme si là seulement, tout est en leur pouvoir, cependant
Ils contemplent leur dérive dans la vapeur d’une chute d’eau 
Comment est-ce possible? Oh ' la Vie n'est pas qu'un rêve '
La vapeur est devenue rivière et la rivière commence à les remorquer
Ils n'ont rien remarqué du tout

Je t’aime comme le pétrole
Qui redescend si vite
J’ai besoin de toi si vite
J’ai besoin de toi tout de suite 
Comme un train en route
J’ai besoin de toi
Mais après tout rien ne dure pour toujours....
Je t’aimerai jusqu’à ce que l’océan nous emporte tous

Et en ce jour noir on a poussé depuis le rivage
Des cris perçants, ‘Cessez de contempler et plongez pour nous sauver tous! '
Mais eux, les jumeaux, n’ont rien entendu, ils chuchotaient je ne sais quoi
En bas la chute d'eau
Et pour quoi? Pourquoi l’amour devient un tel vide ?
Quand ceux que nous aimons sont les seuls que nous devrions détruire
Avez-vous entendu parler de l'expression qui dit 'Bonheur est ignorence’ ?
Voyez quel sorte de bonheur pourrait y être lié. 

Lorsque j’ai besoin de toi comme de l’eau
Tu me donne des ordres
Ca devient plus chaud
Crois moi quand je dis 
Que comme une pluie de printemps
J’ai besoin de toi
Mais après tout rien ne dure pour toujours....
Je t’aimerai jusqu’à ce que l’océan nous emporte tous

Pont

Je t’aime comme le pétrole
Qui redescend si vite
J’ai besoin de toi si vite
J’ai besoin de toi tout de suite 
Comme un train en route
J’ai besoin de toi 
Laissons tout cela brûler au loin
Car je t’aime comme l’eau
Tu me donne des ordres
Ca devient plus chaud
Crois moi quand je dis
Que comme une pluie de printemps
J’ai besoin de toi 
Mais après tout rien ne dure pour toujours....
Je t’aimerai jusqu’à ce que l’océan nous emporte tous

02 - Panama

I was in a plane to Panama
And a fly landed on her thigh
And I thought I brushed it off quite brashly
I introduced myself
And she said her name was sky.

A simple Hi and I could tell
That her plainness was well seamless
And somewhere deep inside
She drove a calm and weightless determination

And to what lands her mind would travel
I don't know but I was so curious
I had to keep on thinking of her floating through the clouds Yeah

I asked her whether she enjoyed being in the air
And airily she answered with an accent so careful
I could feel each syllable while
I love things that seem impossible
I love things that seem impossible
Well I love things that seem impossible
And I love things that seem impossible Yeah

Seem impossible
Seem impossible
I love things that seem impossible

And to what lands her mind would travel
I don't know but I was so curious
I had to keep on thinking of her floating through the clouds Yeah

07 - Sunny Moon

I climb the ladder of those black and white keys
They take me out and into places some are real some are imaginary
And though she sways between a mystery and light
She walks with me, she walks with me alone into the night

Tonight I see the sunny moon is rising again
Three seasons passed since you were here then disappeared a friend
Yet now exploded from its dream back in that place oh how it beams
And I see that you were glowing in the shadows
And you've been here all along
Ah you never left my side and now I feel my arms grow
Stronger

You may forget the details and you can forget the dates but never
Forget the moment when the light revealed her face
To be poor by lack of money but by god be rich in prize
I found my youths desire dark within her eyes
And the tent kept breathing something and then she cried -
'Hold on we're going somewhere else tonight'
We're going somewhere else tonight baby yeh!

And my friends they are the heroes of the loneliness that's life
And though everyone has a weakness only some they are defiant
While most of us can see only a few have the gift of sight
Would you walk with me
Would you walk with me alone into the night
The sun is set

12 - Voodoo Cowboy

His mother was a snake
His father was a scarecrow
Born in the desert with his hat on his head
Never missed a shot
Sharp as a Pharaoh
Tequila in the sunrise
The desert was his bed
Now he could dance the barn dance
Like nobody before him
But no woman would take him
Cos his eyes were rather strange
In them you could see the emptiness of the desert
Yellow like a scarecrow
Black like a snake

He was a voodoo cowboy
And he had never found a girl to call his own
On and on and on
That lonely cowboy
But a cowboy's never really
Cowboy's never really alone

He had a horse
Whose name was plenty
And they saw things no man or beast has ever seen
Out in the redness
Out in the empty
Where ghost and spirits walk around like you and me

He met a girl
Called Annabelle
And she was just the prettiest thing he'd ever seen
Under a lake at the edge of the world
He met a girl
Walking through the edges of his dreams

He was a voodoo cowboy
And he was following a psychedelic stream
On and on and on
That lonely cowboy
But a cowboy's never really
Cowboy's never really alone

So he rode down
Under the water
And the sunset made a fire above his head
In search of warmth in search of love
In search of heaven above
But all he felt was cold
And all he touched was wet
But he could see her down a little bit deeper
And all he wanted was to hold her to his chest
So he reached out and she reached out
And he touched her
And she drew him in
And kissed him as he breathed his final breath

Because you see
He was a voodoo cowboy
And he had finally found a girl he could call his own
On and on and on
Lucky lucky cowboy
Because cowboy's almost always
Cowboys almost always die alone

03 - Fishies

I left the house left the room with the foxy on my back
And my supplies in a magic pack
And I followed the sound of music
Not up a hill ... but down to an old wharf shack

Inside I heard the trumpet call
I salute to the champions on the wall
And in the Jazz of squalls and impassioned brawls she danced

And the night she looked so fine to me
Oh I am a man on an Odyssey
And so tie me to the mast I must believe!

Wow didi didi I just had to look
I said wow didi didi how those hips they shook
Eye patch tongue ring little black hook
Welcome fishies to my hook

And the tiny chefs they waved their giant knives
And the dark goumas they flicked dynamite
Still I kept the sight of my desire

And this one thing's sure I made no apologies
Lights dimmed but she shone my mythology
And I must admit she felt so alive

Wow didi didi I just had to look
I said wow didi didi how those hips they shook
Eye patch tongue ring little black hook
Welcome fishies to my hook

She waves for everybody down on the floor
As if to pray to the gods of the festival
And there we were in the depths of the wild below

Her face so close I could taste the distant shores
She whispered 'wait for the trumpets call'
It's not exactly love it's to adore

Wow didi didi I just had to look
I said wow didi didi how those hips they shook
Eye patch tongue ring little black hook
Welcome fishies to my hook

08 - So Long

The bus drives over on a mellow scene
We've done this five nights and tomorrow's free
Oh I say, tomorrow's free
And I seem to meet it in the morning and no sleep
But I can't keep myself from wandering

Next night down in Montreal
And when it rains I guess it pours
Oh I say, when it rains it
Pours and we go down into the
Saint street keeping our feet of the ground
Till we find ourselves at breakfast in our super town

So long well hey hey hey
Though I'd see you all again
So long and hey hey hey
The bus driver yonder in the morning light
Look out of the window baby and what a sight we say
Well hey hey hey

I now a girl who's got eyes on her feet
So when she starts dreaming she roams
And she'll know where she's going
She looks alright that's Romina she's dancing on the speakers
And speaking of moving Ruben's places started
Jumping with the campisis

So long hey hey hey
Though I'd see you all again
So long and hey hey hey

Thursday was solid and Friday's cool
Saturday was messy in the best way possible
Sunday should be for rest but these
Cats on the corner and I can't keep my chest from a
Rumbling the same way it did when I was young and blessed

So long well hey hey hey
Though I'd see you all again
So long and hey hey hey
The bus driver yonder in the morning light
Look out of the window baby and what a sight we say
Well hey hey hey

So long hey hey hey
Remember me and that it's all OK now baby
So long hey hey hey

13 - Radio Song

Don't want to hear you say it's hot when something's wrong baby
Don't want to hear you say it's nothing when it's not cos I
Don't want to love you like that radio song honey
Don't want to love you like that radio song

Before we go I'd like to play with you again
Before we go I'd like to play that show we've been cos I
I want to love you like a festival song honey
I want to love you like a festival song

And when I see that morning light I'm going to hold you in my arms
And let the everything be fine or let it finally drift apart
We'd go back to that place where we met and made our mark
And when I see that morning light I'm going hold you in my arms
Or let you go

Now we return and for an hour these songs ignite
But one it sings for you I'd love you for a night more than
The memories of broken images and fights more than
The memories of broken images and fights

04 - The Darkness

Something
Something kissed my lips
Something
Something busted my fingertips
The north binds battle
In the car park
And the darkness
Somewhere
The night is on the run
With a bottle of ouzo
And a rusty gun
The north wind
Is like a Spanish guitar
Soaked in petrol
Burning on the bar
Let the dead raise their heads
And the dying leave their beds

She didn't believe what her mama said
And she climbed out the window in the darkness

And behind you in the night
A million dogs come out to fight

In the empire that will be rising
Rising through the night

Something
Something give me strength
I'm burning
Burning on the brink
The north wind
Is like cinnamon and wine
And the darkness
Is the darkness

Quelque chose
Quelque chose a embrassé mes lèvres
Quelque chose
Quelque chose m’a pincé le bout des doigts
Le nord lie bataille
Dans le parking
Et l'obscurité
Quelque part
La nuit est dans la course
Avec une bouteille d'ouzo
Et une arme à feu enrayée
le vent du Nord
Ressemble à une guitare espagnole
Imbibée d’essence
Brûlant sur le comptoir
Qui laisse s’approcher la mort de leur tête
Et de leur lit 

Elle n'a pas cru ce que sa mère a dit
Et elle est sortie par la fenêtre dans l'obscurité 

Et derrière toi dans la nuit
Un million de chiens sortent pour se battre 

Dans l'empire qui s’élèvera
S’élevant dans de la nuit

Quelque chose
Quelque chose me donne la force
je brûle
brûlant au bord du gouffre
le vent du Nord
Ressemble à du vin à la cannelle
Et l'obscurité
Est toujours l'obscurité

09 - No Mountain

No mountain can see
But sometimes a mountain can sing
Or hum at least I have heard one
Humming on the evening we ...

And no horizon can sleep
But sometimes horizons can close their eyes
And drift into one moment somewhere
Halfway between
The distance and a dream

And all my senses' honesty
And all my senses' honesty they belong to you

Alone I stand alone I fall
There is no option
Alone with you

And though my point of view seems sad
I believe it's not so bad
Alone with you

And all my senses' honesty
And all my senses' honesty they belong to you
Alone I stand alone I fall
There is no option anymore
Alone with you
And though my point of view seems sad
I believe it's not so bad
Alone with you
Alone I stand alone I fall
There is no option anymore
Alone with you
And though my point of view seems sad
I believe it's not so bad
Alone with you

14 - Won't Be Afraid

Well I’ve been at the top of a cliff and seen ships go sailing away
And I’ve watched the sea turn green and bright bluefish swim in the shade
I’ve imagined skies in reverse and note stormy mountains can light
And I was there by the shore on the night when the stars all married the tide

When the time arrives
That we must form a line
Would you stand and take my side
Would you take my side

No I won’t be afraid
No I won’t be afraid
When the evening takes all of the color out of my day
And the morning is as far as it could ever be away

And now we turn into the world as if dreams were an ocean to wade
Under all the kites they glide like a friendship set on a wave

When the time arrives
That we must form a line
Would you stand and take my side
Would you take my side

No I won’t be afraid
No I won’t be afraid
When the evening takes all of the color out of my day
And the morning is as far as it could ever be away

And maybe I'm afraid of fools the children that are saved
Maybe I'm not certain when they draw the final curtain
The woman in the water and the baby in the barn
And the morning is as far as it could ever be away

No I won’t be afraid
No I won’t be afraid
When the evening takes all of the color out of my day
And the morning is as far as it could ever be away

No I won’t be afraid
No I won’t be afraid
When the evening takes all of the color out of my day
And the morning is as far as it could ever be away

05 - No Longer There

And though you'd like to hear a song
That sings everything's all right
The temperature is warm
The fire horses sleep
So gently comes the night

You close your eyes and stare
The ground they're on is bare
But once it was as deep
As wildest giants dreams
It's no longer there

And all of our desires
They mirror skies with flames
And smoke out heaven's halls
Who was that you called
They're no longer there

Here it goes again
Here it goes again
Here it goes again

What would you leave behind when all your fields are dead?
When your territories are dried out and your cities drowned and swept
What would you leave behind when those who bear your name
Are born in that place that you wrecked?
What would you leave behind when you're no longer there?

Would you sail to distant shores?
And hide within the hills
And softly close your doors
Pretend the world is safe
And wait for heaven's call

Or would you turn and face the seas
And come beside your cave
There's chance but if you dare
And swift as honour's steeds
Before it's no longer there

Here it goes again
Here it goes agaaain
Here it goes aga .. ain!

What would you leave behind when all your fields are dead?
When your territories are dried out and your cities drowned and swept
What would you leave behind
When those who bear your name are born in that place that you wrecked?
What would you leave behind when you're no longer there?

To deny or to despair
It's really just the same
Everything between
It means we have to change
Cos when a one forgets
The world begins to fade
And all the shapes and shades
That made the colours see
When they suddenly turned grey
That they're no longer there

Bien que vous voudriez entendre une chanson
qui chante que tout va bien
que l’air est chaud
que les chevaux de feu dorment
qu’ainsi doucement vient la nuit 

Vous fermez les yeux et regardez fixement
le sol nu où ils sont étendus
mais une fois qu’il fut aussi profond
que les plus sauvages des rêves de géants
’y a plus rien

Et tous nos désirs
comme des flammes miroitent dans le ciel
et enfument les portes du paradis
comme vous les appeliez
elle ne sont sont plus là

Ici ça continu
Ici ça continu
Ici ça continu

Que laisserez-vous derrière vous quand tous vos champs seront morts ?
quand vos territoires seront desséchées et vos villes noyées et balayées
que laisserez-vous derrière vous quand ceux qui portent votre nom
naîtront en cet endroit que vous avez détruit ?
que laisserez-vous derrière vous quand vous ne serez plus là ? 

Naviguerez-vous jusqu’aux rivages éloignés ?
pour vous cacher dans les collines
et fermer doucement vos portes
feindre que le monde est sûr
et attendre l’appel du ciel

Ou vous tournerez-vous face aux mers
pour vous tenir à côté de votre caverne
c’est fortuit, mais si vous osiez
et étiez rapides comme les coursiers de l'honneur
Avant que ce ne soit plus là

Ici ça continu
Ici ça continu
Ici ça continu

Que laisserez-vous derrière vous quand tous vos champs seront morts ?
Quand vos territoires seront desséchées et vos villes noyées et balayées
que laisserez-vous derrière vous quand ceux qui portent votre nom
naîtront en cet endroit que vous avez détruit ?
Que laisserez-vous derrière vous quand vous ne serez plus là ? 

Refuser la vérité ou désespérer
cela revient au même
tout le reste
signifie que nous devons changer
parce-que lorsque que l’on oublie
que le monde commence à se décolorer
et que toutes les formes et les nuances
qui ont fait apparaître les couleurs
lorsque celles-ci sont soudainement devenus grises
et ne sont plus là.

10 - Strong Coffee

like the sound of St Petersburg bells banging in my head
The night train rattle and shake and rumble through that cabin bunk bed
Now Sigmund said something about this super static travel tension that we get
My magic woman met this woman while the wheels squealed and the tracks they gripped and sped

My Maria got me thinking about soul in a whole new way
We took a stroll got a ham and cheese roll and some strong coffee
On the TV it's Germany and Italy
You be the Goalie Holly I am the referee

Hey hey I need some strong coffee
My Maria got me thinking about soul in a whole new way
Hey hey I need some strong coffee
My Maria got me thinking about soul in a whole new way

When I look down I found the edges of the mattress start to levitate
The next thing I knew we were above the city gates
Rised over steeple tops and all I can think to say was
'You be the Kremlin and I'll be the saint
And you can be the person from the head of state'

 

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