The Cat Empire
Music

Cinema

Released: 25/06/2010

CINEMA is the bands first studio release since 2007.

The album is due for release June 25 in Australia, June 29 in Canada, July 6 in the USA, and about a month later in Europe and everywhere else.

Produced by Steve Schram, and recorded at Sing Sing Studios in the bands home town of Melbourne, this is an album which shows The Cat Empire at their very best, right now.

In an age when so much of selling music seems to be about celebrity and fashion, The Cat Empire have risen to be one of Australia and indeed the worlds favourite live acts through sheer musicality and the power of their interaction on stage.

2010 sees the international release and world tour of Cinema, the band’s fourth studio album. The album serves up a set which captures the inexorable force – and sheer joy – of their live performances, delivered in a format perfect for lounge-rooms, backyards, BBQ’s, cafes, road trips and parties all over the world. This is music which defies definition, but has a sound all of its own.

The only thing we can tell you it is that it is incredibly infectious, undeniably uplifting and definitely danceable.
Cinema is available on CD or Vinyl in our online shop.

Tracklist & Lyrics

  • I used to ride up on the hill
    And look down at the darkened
    Silhouettes of tall black windowsills
    And my heart jumped every ledge
    Until one bright morning when I woke
    I heard bells, girl she gently spoke and said
    ‘Choice my man’s to breath or choke
    So go die, or learn to hope’
    Get back on your way at the end of the day
    Under the fire and the rain
    The whole big bloody parade until that
    That feeling, feeling’s gone
    You wake up on your own
    Sometimes walls come caving in
    Sometimes the world just hits your chin
    And sometimes shadows haunt your back
    And sometimes I feel so flat
    Then like some rare eagle on the wind
    Well it turns and life comes bursting in
    And the earth you thought would beat you down
    Lifts up and lights your ground
    Get back on your way at the end of the day
    Under the fire and the rain
    The whole big bloody parade until that
    That feeling, feeling’s gone
    You wake up on your own
    / Lifts up and sends you homeward bound
    / Lifts up and then you’re found again
    / Lifts up and turns your world around
    /still scarred of love lived on the ledge
    And the Earth you thought would eat you up
    Well it lifts you high and fills your cup
    /carries
    And right then I learnt to hope / the point of hope / I knew the way ahead/ to go
    / lifts up and clears your hallowed ground
    *So scared that love lived on the edge /
    Scared of love lived on the ledge / Like love lived on the ledge
    / As if my love required a ledge

    bring you down
    Lifts up, your heart just leaves the ground
    /and how you love your ground / high above the ground

    / and the earth you thought would end your song ‘song’
    / lifts up and now . . . the feeling’s gone feelings gone

    And you wonder how on Earth you
    When you’re high

  • This is the last time I will follow you
    This is the last time I will follow you at all
    Cos woman you’re my trouble
    And woman I’ve been trouble and despair
    My only care
    Is standing here waiting when you’re out there

    The wind comes down and all our youth is in loose pages
    The wind appeared like you and left the place I’d known
    Now words have lost their meaning
    The words have lost their meaning and she’s bored
    And I am bored
    I’m standing here waiting and you don’t call

    I’m standing here waiting and you don’t call
    I’m standing here waiting but you don’t call
    I’m standing here waiting
    You took my time I still love you the same
    But I fell down every time that you
    Came, Came, Came
    Every time that you came

    The leaves fall gently and like autumn she brings sadness
    The leaves are left behind and winter’s in my bones
    But I won’t stand here crying
    I won’t stand here crying anymore
    I’m off the floor
    I’m standing here waiting for you that’s all

    I’m standing here waiting and you don’t call
    I’m standing here waiting but you don’t call
    I’m standing here waiting
    You took my time I still love you the same
    But I fell down every time that you
    Came, Came, Came
    Every time that you came

  • From the city to the world below
    From the strangers to the ones I know
    From the darkness to the holy glow
    We burn so bright
    Can we outlast the show?

    From the island to the world of dreams
    From the future to the times I’ve seen
    From the righteous to the make believe
    We all must leave
    But I just want to breathe

    Falling
    My world’s up and I’m almost
    Falling
    My hands over my shoulders
    Falling
    I’ll dan, dance til I’m old and
    Falling
    Deep down, onward and

    From the pilot to the golden sky
    From the dash until the day we die
    From the laughter to the lonely cry
    We all deny
    Lie and multiply

    Falling
    My world’s up and I’m almost
    Falling
    My hands over my shoulders
    Falling
    I’ll dan, dance til I’m old and
    Falling
    Deep down, onward and

    Well I love you like a raging storm
    And I miss you like I’m coming home
    And I hold you like a fading song
    You send me high, high, higher . . . until I’m

    Falling… X2

  • All along the street they’re holding signs that say
    That I am lost and that I do not know the way
    I asked the rock, sitting in a shade of grey
    I asked the rock, he didn’t have a thing to say

    So you are the only light I see
    You are the only light I need
    When everybody else is sleeping
    You come along and help me breathe

    When I was a stone no-one knew that I was there
    I’d sing my song but no-one ever really cared
    I went to the mountain face all covered in tears
    I wept but the mountain didn’t seem to hear

    I’ll love you until the mountain starts to cry
    I’ll love you if I don’t know the reason why
    I’ll love you until I do not know my name
    I ask you wouldn’t you have done the same?

  • All hell’s crashing down inside
    The windows to the other side
    Shimmering in rooms to quiet sighs of

    ‘Oh well if it’s happening there
    It isn’t here’, and god appears to deal
    A different hand to different tiers

    But this play is not over yet
    Hear the music of those marionettes
    Beating drums down the quiet streets
    Of ignorance and vain regrets

    And all these fears swiftly come to pass
    Presently she feels we’re past
    Cups of tea and optimistic prayers

    Cos out there’s our unholy mess
    Gathering its long white dress
    And marching down aisle to marry this

    Matrimonial future bliss
    Kiss the tide and hope it doesn’t lift up your
    Carpet woven from apathy and token frets
    All Hell!

    But this play is not over yet
    Hear the music of those marionettes
    Beating drums down the quiet streets
    Of ignorance and vain regrets

  • Meet me
    Underneath the neon light
    We’ll go
    Wandering into the night
    There’s something
    Underneath the beat of control
    Something
    A music that is beyond all

    You go to sleep you wake up you do it again And there’s a beat you make up inside of your head And every street’s a river be born or be dead We are all singing this song but Nobody knows how it’s going to end

    Kiss me
    In the coolness of the night
    Take me
    Further from the firelight
    This jungle
    No-one really knows where to go
    Searching
    For something that is beyond all
    Music
    A music that is beyond all

    Break me
    Up until I’m pieces of sand
    Blow me up
    And scatter me across the land
    Our bodies
    They’re hairy and they’re fat and they’re old
    I’m searching
    For something that is beyond all
    Music
    A music that is beyond all

  • Don’t send me down the hole
    Don’t send me down the hole
    Don’t send me down the hole
    Which way will it go go?

    You never never know
    You never never know
    You never know the right way
    Till you’ve been wrong, no

    And if you want to shine
    As your February clears
    Would your March just disappear?

    You hear it on the left
    You hear it on the left
    You hear it on the left left
    Left then the right right

    You’re missing in the west
    You’re missing in the west
    You’re missing in the west
    You followed the black kite

    And even in your dreams
    There are lights that can’t be seen
    And you’re lost in where you’ve been

    Well I’m on my way
    To where I won’t look back
    I heard you say
    With dismay
    That we’re living on the tracks
    I hear the train
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh . . .

    You’re living in a lie
    You’re living in a lie
    You’re living in a lie
    Why do you deny-i

    We’re swimming in the sky
    We’re swimming in the sky
    We’re swimming in the sky
    So low and so high high
    And if you want to shine
    As the sea looks to the stars
    Well you’re here, but very far!

    And I’m on my way
    To where I won’t look back
    I heard you say
    With dismay
    That we’re living on the tracks
    I hear the train
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh . . .

    As your February clears
    Would your March just disappear?

    Well I’m on my way
    To where I won’t look back
    I heard you say
    With dismay
    That we’re living on the tracks
    I hear the train
    On my way
    To where I won’t look back
    I heard you say
    With distain
    That we’re living on the tracks
    I hear the train
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

  • I lost my shoes I lost my wife
    I lost my keys I lost my kite
    And though I’m young at heart I’m so much older

    Subway eyes and banked up skies
    And violent towns and frozen pies
    And all them football crowds who lost are cold now

    But you’re the same as you and I’m the same as me
    And hopefully we can find ways to let us be reasonably fine
    Reasonably fine, at least to beat my drums in time

    Suddenly I’ve realised
    That I won’t be here when I die
    And life upon this plain is somehow fleeting

    Time and all it’s precious wine
    Is somehow primed to make us whine
    And fret even then when we should be sleeping

    But you’re the same as you and I’m the same as me
    And hopefully we can find ways to let us be reasonably fine,
    Reasonably fine, at least to play my pretty chimes

    Empty cries and hollow toots
    And all the signs that have no use
    And fingers point accusingly are sinning

    Humourless hypocrisy
    And all the crimes we didn’t see
    The sigh that knows the devil might be winning

    But you’re the same as you and I’m the same as me
    And hopefully we can find ways to let us be reasonably fine,
    Reasonably fine, at least to let my music shine

    And maybe it’s the greatest test
    A man’s surrounded by his death
    But reaches out and tastes the sweetest honey

    That’s how you make me feel
    I love you more than death is real
    It’s sad but in the end it might be funny

    That you’re the same as you and I’m the same as me
    And hopefully we can find ways to let us be reasonably fine,
    Reasonably fine, at least to leave an open mind

  • Sometimes I feel no armour
    Sometimes I feel no ground
    Sometimes I feel the sky won’t open
    And turn these words around

    At night I am woken by
    Images of the flood, oh oh
    I’m living on the border
    I’m living on the mud

    You say there is no order
    You say there no cause
    You say there is no reason to find
    Happiness at all

    Call me home – Is anybody?
    Is anybody out there and
    Call me home – Is anybody?
    Is anybody out there at all?

    Have we forgot our brothers?
    Have we forgot our kin?
    Have we forgot who loves us dearly?
    Have we forgot who’d sink or swim?

    I went down to the water where
    My heart beats slow, oh oh
    The river started flowing
    And I know where it goes

    Call me home – Is anybody?
    Is anybody out there and
    Call me home – Is anybody?
    Is anybody out there at all?

    Call me home…

  • She hates you then she loves you more
    Underneath the shadows of her thoughts
    Shadows of her thoughts
    She rings a bell for you
    I wish that she was a statue made of gold
    And nobody could

    Bring her down
    Goodness knows I just
    Don’t like sadness
    She cries before she wakes
    And so my friend

    If you love her
    Don’t turn away
    Don’t fight it
    Don’t run away
    We’re people
    And we are animals
    You’re thunder
    And the heart is a cannibal

    I ask you do you love me more
    Than all the men that have ever come before
    Ever come before
    And when I’m like a storm
    Kiss me, hurt me, heal me with your words
    So nobody can ever

    Bring me down
    Goodness knows I just
    Don’t like sadness
    Don’t cry before you wake
    No my friend

    If you love her….

    When love is gone
    Your thoughts are calm
    Your words are holy
    Your days are long
    Your blood gets colder
    Your face is old
    And the days flow by like water
    You miss the stormy weather
    And she was gold
    Goodness knows I just
    Don’t like sadness
    I cry before she wakes
    So my friend

    If you love her….

  • I saw you walking up the wall like the exorcist
    When you saw me there you called can you spare a Fift?
    I used to know you when you were small how’s it come to this?
    How does a happy bright boy fall into the rift?

    You carried weight on your shoulders won’t you see that
    You are not inside your self, you put that evil back inside your self

    I saw your Ma the other day she asked me how you were
    Said ‘One day you’ll be fine, but now you do it worse’
    She told me as she cried that ‘No one breaks the curse’
    As I looked into her eyes my heart it nearly burst

    You carried weight on your shoulders, won’t you see that
    You are not inside your self, you put that evil back inside your self

    And what if you breathe and see you’re good?
    And what if you reach out, knock on wood?
    I’m begging you please won’t you be understood?
    Won’t you release I believe you could?

    And if you ever want to dream I’ll help you see the sky
    And if ever want to scream about some reason why
    And if you ever break the seam that cuts through your disguise
    I’ll love you when you’re seen and do my best to try

    To carry weight off your shoulders, won’t you see that
    You are not here by yourself, please, don’t put that evil back inside yourself

    And what if you breathe and see you’re good?
    And what if you reach out, knock on wood?
    I’m begging you please won’t you be understood?
    Won’t you release I believe you could?

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