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The Cat Empire - Two Shoes 2005 (Pochette)

Two Shoes, second album et n°1 des ventes en Australie. Sorti en 2005, il comporte 11 titres dont 'Sly' 'The Car Song' et 'Two Shoes'.

Cet album me semble moins festif que le premier, on y retrouve des morceaux de sonorités plus jazz que ska ('Proton Neutron', 'Two Shoes' et 'The Night That Never End'). Ne vous méprenez pas, l'album n'en est pas moins diminué, au contraire il y gagne en profondeur et abouti à des titres absolument émouvants tels que "Miserere'. A écouter et réécouter.


PAROLES & TRADUCTIONS
01 - Sly

If frizzy hair
Was a metaphor
For festival time
Then this woman
Is a goddess of that festival shrine
Met her at a jam
In a garden of sorts
I must confess – God bless
Some impure thought
SHOW US THE MONEY!
Was the call of the night
But no money could’ve bought
Even a piece of her pride
There might have been a sea of people
I don’t know
Because all I could see
Was that this woman she glowed
So
Why, it’s a pleasure to meet ya
You look like one incredible creature
Wanna treat you fine
Let’s dance and grind
Get so funk inflicted
It’s a crime
You’re devine
You’ve sublime
And well ya blow my mind
You’re so Sly

She caterpillar good
That all the Greeks go ‘Killer!’
Break and enter, take you
like a glass of milk then ‘Spill ya!’
Saw her coming, what a scene
what I mean, she got the sex coffee beam
But she tastes like vanilla
Well her eyes she ignites
When we hit the floor
Like the vrooom on a super commodore
Now if it makes a good story
Well it’s just worthwhile
Reversed like dealing stories in a sprinkler style
It’s So sly
Why, it’s a pleasure to meet ya
You look like one incredible creature
Wanna treat you fine
Let’s dance and grind
Get some funk inflicted
It’s a crime
You’re devine
You’ve sublime
And well ya blow my mind
You’re so Sly

Do the Louiiee
Do the jjjjjinii
Do the boom-shak
Hit the sack
Back seat’s feeling alright
Do the Monkey shuffle
Rocket with a funk stride
Do the late checkout
With a do not disturb sign
Outsi-yi-yi-yi-ide
Now do the sly

Why, it’s a pleasure to meet ya
You look like one incredible creature
Wanna treat you fine
Let’s dance and grind
Get some funk inflicted
It’s a crime
You’re devine
You’ve sublime
And well ya blow my mind
You’re so Sly

06 - Miserere

Do you ever look around?
Turn your ear to the ground, show your face to the sky
On a night when the skies echo sounds?
From inside of your mind
On a stage that you shone where the sun did become you and

Move with your thoughts through the signs and the scenes
Of the worlds you have seen and the sights that have been
Your reflection in shadows and dreams
Your reflection in shadows and dreams

Did you ever see a man,
Who did walk down the street, white robe with no shoes on his feet,
And on top of his head placed a box with two slits,
And a sign from his neck said “I do not exist”

Or a woman who could not remember her name,
Did stutter and stutter again and again,
And saw you and called you her son,
Her eyes said
“My being is gone, but still I’m not dead”

Oh miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere

Have you ever seen a sound?
Have you listened to an image?
Have you ever touched a thought?
Have you ever tasted nothing?
Have you ever told a lie that was true more than truth?
Because truth it had lied all its life
When it spoke to you and

What did it say, it is that, it is this, this goes here, here is there,
It is not, yes it is
It was dying, your senses, your eyes, they were numb
And forever my friends, been looking around

And the other replies with a wave of a hand,
I am already here in this promised land,
But not by a god,
And not by a king,
And not by a spirit, deep from within

I am here, because miracles are …….., it’s a flash of glory it’s an empty tin,
Now maybe, might let you in, not to save you but to keep on looking and

Oh miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere, miserere
Miserere, miserere
Oh miserere, miserere

Have you ever been so happy that you’re sad,
That the lights turn to stars,
And the stars become eyes,
And hellos are goodbyes,
And the laughs are the sighs,
And the show disappears with a note
Until next time

Long live living, if living can be this
Long live living, if living can be this
Long live living, if living can be this
Long live living, if living can be this

Do you ever look around?
Turn your ear to the ground?
Show your face to the sky on a night when the skies echo sounds?
From inside of your mind,
On the stage that you shone when the sun did become you and

Move with your thoughts through the signs and the scenes
Of the worlds you have seen and the sights that have been
Your reflection in shadows and dreams

Do you ever look around and find what is yet to be found?

11 - The Night That Never End

One night when I was sleeping
a gypsy lady sneak into my head
and she said
‘I’ve got a bottle of schnapps
lets get to know each other drinking
a belly full of laughs
and some thoughts that beyond thinking
let’s play a game of those cards my friend
because tonight I’m going to show you
how the night it never never never ends’

Morning is
one thousand dreams away
and our expedition
telling us to stay
so stay we will we’ve got that gypsy lady
perched upon our bow
and the empire ship be heading
where the wild ones they are now
oh how the gods look down
and frown at those who never stood said
‘my name is no-one’
then went a little mad

And from time to time
she sneaks back inside me and she say
‘lucky sing the secrets that I taught you always’
replied ‘as long as I am living
I never forget
that the sun is never shining and it never set’
so let’s make some fire and smoke and then
we’ll go exploring in the night
that never never never end

Morning is
one thousand dreams away
and our expedition
telling us to stay
so stay we will we’ve got that gypsy lady
perched upon our bow
and the empire ship be heading
where the wild ones they are now
oh how the gods look down
and frown at those who never stood said
‘my name is no-one’
then went a little mad

I’ve got a tingle in my back
and something sparking in my toes
I get the shivers through my body
when that trumpet blows
and while asleep I am awake
and while awake I am dreaming
before I start to think
I am scheming
to start a party tonight my friends
because tonight I’m going to show you
how the night it never never never ends

02 - In My Pocket

I've got a key
and a piece of paper in my pocket deep
in my pocket piece of paper and a key
as I wander through the streets

war is there a war
or is there isn't a war anymore
somebody told me that nothing is for sure
can you hear the ocean roar

on each street is a tree
in the distance the desert sleeps
sometimes a sigh is a song
and a breath is a melody
mountains rise and mountains fall
so just what does forever mean
I give a smile I give a song
for one moment's eternity

na na na na na na na na na na na etc.


Oh but its some mob
some mob that brought me here I know it is my job
To seek my fortune nana thank you for this mob
remember you now you are gone
If I went away
tropical island somewhere sunny every day
but everyone I ever cared about remained
would I tan or would I fade

So every morning he wake
spend his day at the daybreak
and every spoonful he take
be of something his own make
oceans rise and oceans fall
so just what does tomorrow mean
i give a smile i give a song
for one moments eternity


na na na na etc.

07 - Sol Y Sombra

Sol y Sombra aeh Mama
Ollie's cha cha
Sing eah eah eah

Sol y Sombra aeh Papa
Kanela
Oh eah eah

12 - 1001

I Went to my friends
cos I found a fine beat
oh I like to play a rhythm
where the rhythm plays me
play it all day
on a balcony above the street
where old Franky and me we
shuffle with our feet
When old man Georgie
takes some sugar with his tea
when he's stirred by a melody
of hands moving easy
see it reminds him
of dreams by the sea
where the breeze blows
underneath that island tree

So we played til the playing
Gave us the munchies
then we played in the kitchen
made the easy gods happy
cos we left them a
little chili-special
and some chocolate we eat
because it's sweet
when I leave I am smiling
at the things I haven't done
oh I haven't broke a sweat
and I haven't had to run
for the list of one-thousand
-and-one that does plague me
on some days
when the sun rays don't come

Singing Parking Inspector
just made my list of one thousand
one thousand and one

But ah Parking Inspector
(won't let you wreck my fun)

When I get to my car
I am faced with a sight
that is strange and it's sad
and it's mad it's not right
there's one thousand and one
spaces free but I see
that he find me guilty
of the time over fee
Now I know why my mother
why my mother warned me
said 'you might be lucky
but know nothing comes for free'
she is right - entirely
cos the ticket paid the song
that I sing to this beat

Oh Parking inspector
just made my list of one thousand
one thousand and one
but ah parking inspector
won't let you wreck my fun
cos when I pay for my ticket
I won't curse and despise
no I'll run into the girl
with the slinky blue eyes
then my list of one thousand and one
will remain
I had plans to get it done
but now my plans they have changed

Parking Inspector

Parking Inspector
just made my list of one thousand
grow a little more
but ah parking inspector
you won't believe what I saw
on the back of my ticket
with invisible type
was a map to the place
with one thousand delights
and a key that was one to that
spot by the sea where the breeze
blows underneath that island tree

03 - Lullaby

I cannot say oh sweetness like he could
‘Cause I cannot play a lullaby like it should

I used to cry but now I have to laugh
Because she’s got that torment to a fine art
Smart like a fox she as crafty as a cat
I’m looking up as I’m lying on my back
By the feast if I want a big piece of the pie
But she’s taken the feast in the blink of an eye

I cannot justify what’s going on
It feels so right when it seems so wrong
Like a plot hatched in that sweet spot of that trap
Ask her what she schemes she say ‘oh, this and that’

Then she snaps like a camera and black with a flash
Puts the drum in the drummer, The hand in the clap
She’s a map with no bearings attached, no,
A safety in this match, fire you could catch
Then zap I was struck by that bolt before dawn
And by breakfast, honey, we were signed and sworn

 

CHORUS

But I’ll give you all-night movie marathon
And a triple espresso so you can stay awake
It might be late, but, it’s never too late for that loving, my sexy babe
Something’s always telling me save your prayers before dawn
Coz what happens when I’m with you
Makes me shake my head then smile and yawn
I’m worn out but I’m beaming,
And it seems that we are dreaming
As we head out to that strange old morning dawn

This game is no game but it’s played all the same
And I love her deep and if it makes me deranged
She’s like tears in the rain
Burning spears in my brain
Cause me pain sometimes
Make me drain
But I cannot complain
I’m mad, the ugly, good or bad

Had some happy with my sad
And some tricks in my bag
When it’s up run amok
Like a bull and just fuck
When it’s down, it’s a drag
And you fight with no a-t-t-tack

At times I would dive in the sea
To escape the rising and crashing, we'll
Drink tea with a fat fish, and find a golden key
And rise to the surface and open my baby
And maybe she’d say we are crazy
Two of us together, Melbourne weather
Be like balls in a maze
See we rolling along in obscurity
When we meet in the middle
Say ‘mmm it’s a treat.’

CHORUS

Solo Section

CHORUS

08 - Party Started

Ducking out my window double story from the ground
from my hammock down my tree and into Melbourne town
now first stop hit Kanelata to Tedesco land
to down that show - with 2 shoes and a magic hand man
now it's aplan as flamenco turns to -down shakin
there's a jazz jam and Julie's got the whole joint bakin'
and anyone who's fakin' gets a quick anihilation
as we movin' destinations on the music train station singing
'on and on and on'. "on and on and on"
checkin checkin out Mr Askey's song - cos he's
late sevens' captain-on-the-mic but blows the horn so fierce
that the room ignite
it's like his shuffle got us thinking about dowing the down low so where we go?
We take the night cat stop for the cabrones show
and here's the point I stop reciting start to dance instead
I heared the city of the deep blue lights it said:
Now get the party started

It wasn't hard... to get the party started

Chillin at the club, pimpin with my money
(Well actually, my parties are more like_
Chillin in the sun with tea and milk and honey
Tea and lamingtons, that's my idea of fun
But I do enjoy the odd ocaasional bottle of rum
As we learnt in the songs that I have previously sung
When it's done with fruit juice at a barbecue in the sun
In the afternoon is begun with kangaroo and capsicum
I do eat meat but I don't like killing
So don't crash my party whill I'm sitting back chilling
My oh my why oh why are people so violient
I ani't trying to be a lion I extend my alliance
To anyone who like to just sit back and chitchat
Maybe have a jam, spit scats and eat biscuits
Before you know it's midnight and you're running through the moonlight
And you realise...

It wasn't hard... to get the party started

The house party started about eleven or so
got a call dfrom Krido to tell me that
Dubwo and Hendo started it blow by blow
notw it's a dancehall rockin like'a Cuban mojo
so bring ya go-go's and your special friends
I've never been diving but I get the bends
when schlam and Mick and Fairooz making the soul news
see we got the bomb track and the D-floor's the fuse

The C-A-T E-M-P-I-R-E-S G-O-T
A Party H-A-P-P-E-N-I-N-G and it's a
G-O-Double N-A be seeing
The break of dawn
Then keep on rockig it
Can you tell me something about last night?

It wasn't hard... to get the party started

 
04 - The Car Song

The weekend is the weekend and it's sunny in the park
I'll stay here with my beer and fish and chips till it gets dark
I've got a lot of homework but homewoek he can wait
I never start my homework till it's already too late
My parents say think about your future and my teachers say the same byt it's hard when there's a basketball game in the park
It's 1998 and everybody's saying: "Harry, you're gonna be a lawyer some day..."

It's Monday bloody Monday and there's two things I forgot
I forgot to do my homework and I've only got one sock
I'm halfway through a test bit I just can't concentrate
I'm sitting next to Fontaine I want to ask her on a date
I really want to start a conversation but each time she walks past
I start choking on my pencil and fall flat on my ass
I need to concentrate I have to get this grade
Or I might fail to be a lawyer someday

But just right now can't thing of anything better to do
Than just sit down at the piano and a write this tune
And maybe later, maybe later in the afternoon
I'll site back and relax and think of all the things I'm gonna do...

Someday... I'll buy an old car
Someday... I'll get that car to start
Someday... I'l learn how to drive too
And the Someday... I'magive all the things I could do...

(that was 1998 now bring it forward to the present day now
Cause some things have changed but some things (some things)
Never change (never change)
Check it out (check it out!)

The weekend is the weekend and it's sunny in the park
I'll stay here with my beer and fish and chips till it gets dark
I just saw Peter Parsongs who used to be in my class
I always gave him wedgies cause I thought he worked too hard
He said, "Harry, life is great - I feel so happy these days
I'm a litigation lawyer - So I got it made
I'm going out with FOntaine - Remember her from tenth grade?
I drive a Porsche so I can't complain..."

But just right now can't thing of anything better to do
Than just sit down at the piano and a write this tune
And maybe later, maybe later in the afternoon
I'll site back and relax and think of all the things I'm gonna do...

Someday... I'll buy an old car
Someday... I'll get that car to start
Someday... I'l learn how to drive too
And the Someday... I'magive all the things I could do...

09 - Protons, Neutrons, Electrons

I've done too much of some things and not enough of others just like all life lovers
I've changed and changed and changed and changed from one thing to another
I've had complicated dealings with complicated feelings and i've cut and bruised and torn
I've made blinds on the windows of my mind with the time that my back once wore
I'm a single person in the universe and I am here to say to you:
On the day that I die I'll just give a smile and fly into the blue

CHORUS
(cause we're all just)
Protons, Neutrons, Electrons
that rest on a sunday
work on a monday but someday soon
we'll be singing the old tunes
zip-a-dee-doo-da, zip-a-dee-doo
I'll be sitting on the porch with you
then I'll die and I'll fly off into the blue

Some nights I see the world with its winds and its whirls and I feel undefeated
But every day I see the girl with the strawberry curl and I'm too shy to meet her
Some nights I go to bed there's a ghost in the air above my head and I tremble
Sometimes I eat KFC other times I give up meat and I just eat lentils
I'm a single soul on this big blue ball and I am here to sing a song:
about the day that I was born till the day that i'll be gone
And the song wont last for long

CHORUS

an enemy is a remedy to a malady in your melody
if you're strong not brittle
and a friend is a friend is a friend to the end
and its oh so simple
a man is a man and a woman is a woman
but the times we are living in demand
that a man can change from a man to a woman
and a woman can demand to be a man
we're just flesh with sock and locks and frocks
and I would like to say to you
on the day that I die I'll just give a smile and fly into the blue

CHORUS

 
05 - Two Shoes

One day one woman asked him what do you to survive?
He said "oh my dear, listen here." and this is what I cry
On my feet, I wear two shoes for dancing, dancing to be free.
My feet they're paying tribute to the Bobby Marley Legacy

and my knees they've got some cuts and bruises
from a-skating all my days
because a-when I'm skating with my friends
my troubles drift away. I say
my legs they're wearing baggy pants
I like ta move around
'Cause getting down and jumping up
These are some good things that i've found

Waaaiiiyyaaa
boomshak the empire be rising
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak we making some lovin'
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak tha greedy man running
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak got two shoes for dancing.

... and my waist has got a slinky belt
with a clip that's quick to open
because a'loving is the sweetest thing,
and from my waist is happens
and my stomach's got some tasty food
that's makin' me feel good
because sharing some meals is
some thing I wish the world could do

and my chest it wears a singlet
oh my chest is beating proud
oh my chest suggests I am a man
that no institutions will knock round
and around my neck is superstiton
hanging from a chain
because i've got my gods, but in the end
I'll make my own way.

Waaaiiiyyaaa
boomshak the empire be rising
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak we making some lovin'
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak tha greedy man running
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak got two shoes for dancing.

and my mouth it's got a great big smile
that shows some great big teeth,
to friends it brings happiness
and to enemies it brings defeat.
and my eyes have got some vision
they can see through many lies
oh my eyes they look for better things,
the better things to see in life
and my ears are wearing headphones
they're to play my favourite songs;
and not music i'm told to like
but the songs that make me dance along

'cause on my feet are shoes for
shoes for dancing, dancing to be free
oh my feet they're paying tribute to...
(The Bobby Marley Legacy!)

aaaiiiiyyyaaaiiiyaaaiiii ya
boomshak the empire be rising
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak we making some lovin'
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak tha greedy man running
Waaiiiyyaaa
boomshak got two shoes for dancing.

Un jour une femme lui demanda ' qu'est-ce qui vous fait vivre ? '
Il répondit ' oh ma chère écoutez donc ' et c'est ce qu'il cria :
J’ai aux pieds deux chaussures pour danser ' dansant pour être libre '
mes pieds rendent hommage à l’héritage de Bob Marley 

Mes genoux ont quelques écorchures et contusions
à skater tous les jours
lorsque je skate avec mes amis
mes ennuis s'éloignent
Mes jambes portent des pantalons amples
J'aime bouger dans le coin
Car à descendre et bondir
Il y a quelques bons côtés que j'ai trouvé 

Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak l'empire s’élève
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak nous faisons l’amour
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak les hommes avides qui courent
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa l
Boom shak ont reçu deux chaussures pour danser 

Autour de ma taille, une ceinture moulante
avec un clip qui est facile à ouvrir
parce-que l'amour est la chose la plus douce
et qui se passe à partir de ma taille
et mon estomac reçoit une nourriture savoureuse
ce qui me fait me sentir bien
car partager un repas est une chose
que je regrette que le monde ne puisse pas faire

Et ma poitrine porte un maillot de corps
oh ma poitrine bat fièrement
elle me suggère que je suis un homme
qu'aucune institution ne peut démolir
Et autour de mon cou une superstition
Accrochée à une chaine
Parce-que j'ai mes dieux mais finalement
Je fais mon propre chemin 

Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak l'empire s’élève
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak nous faisons l’amour
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak les hommes avides qui courent
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa l
Boom shak ont reçu deux chaussures pour danser 

Ma bouche dessine un large et beau sourire
qui montre de belles grandes dents
ce qui porte bonheur aux amis
et ce qui signifie défaite pour mes ennemis
Et mes yeux possèdent une super vision
qui peut voir au travers de beaucoup de mensonges
oh mes yeux cherchent de meilleures choses
les meilleures choses à voir dans la vie
Et mes oreilles portent des écouteurs
qui jouent mes chansons favorites
pas la musique que l'on me dit d’aimer,
mais les chansons qui me font danser

Car j’ai aux pieds deux chaussures pour danser
' dansant pour être libre '
mes pieds rendent hommage
à l’héritage de Bob Marley 

Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak l'empire s’élève
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak nous faisons l’amour
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa
Boom shak les hommes avides qui courent
Aeehhhiiiaaaaa l
Boom shak ont reçu deux chaussures pour danser 

Trad
10 - Saltwater

I’ve got the clouds on a string
That I pull with my little finger elegantly
What is this oh what’s this music on the breeze
It sounds like all my holidays when my father used to say:
‘Let’s go down to the beach’
And we’d go down to the beach
My little sisters and me
Sometimes a man can feel like he is just a puppet
And the wind blows him here and blows him there
But when I kiss you my dear
I feel like a buccaneer
And water makes its music everywhere

CHORUS
Saltwater
Oh how I miss your misty kisses
Saltwater
Oh what expressionless bliss
Is this?

I’ve got the sky in my eyes
As I lie on my back in the deep blue sea
What is this oh what could this strange feeling be?
It feels like:
It feels like:
It feels like:
I don’t know what it feels like
But it feels right
Sometimes a man is like an icecream in a desert
And he wonders what is it we seek?
Like water runs through your fingers
Memories rise up from the deep.

CHORUS

 

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