The Cat Empire
Music

So Many Nights

Released: 22/09/2007

SO MANY NIGHTS was recorded in Melbourne (at Sing Sing Studios) and the overdubs were done in Malibu, while the band was in town to perform on Jay Leno. The house and studio where we lived in Malibu overlooked the Pacific Ocean. Worth over 10 million USA $’s, it was owned by a guy who made his money Producing Karaoke tunes. This record is the result of mus ic written and developed on the road, and is perhaps a tribute to the many many nights we have played in hundreds of cities throughout the world. Produced by John Porter (Ryan Adams, The Smiths, Los Lonely Boys), this is the first time The Cat Empire has recorded an album with a Producer. John Porter, who was a guitarist for bands such as Roxy Music and Eric Claptons band, performs Guitar on Panama, and Slide Guitar on No Longer There. The experience of recording and staying in Malibu was at the extreme end of the spectrum from recording the previous record in Cuba. The result is a more pristine production, and the next chapter n the story of The Cat Empire. a guitarist for bands such as Roxy Music and Eric Claptons band, performs Guitar on Panama, and Slide Guitar on No Longer There. The experience of recording and staying in Malibu was at the extreme end of the spectrum from recording the previous record in Cuba. The result is a more pristine production, and the next chapter in the story of The Cat Empire.

Tracklist & Lyrics

  • [FELIX]
    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 think 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 and 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 changed my suit
    And when I’m bare don’t need to comb my hair
    Cos I found what to do
    Put your waistcoat on
    So many nights …
    So many nights …
    Put your waistcoat on
    String Section:
    Su-Ying Aw (Viola), Robert John (Violin), Mark Zorz (Violin), Leah Hooper (Cello)

  • [FELIX]
    I was in a plane to Panama
    And a fly landed on her thigh
    And though 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

    I asked her whether she enjoyed being in the air
    And airily she answered with an accent so careful
    I could feel each syllable

    ‘I love things that seem Impossible …’
    Bridge

    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)
    String Section:
    Su-Ying Aw (Viola), Robert John (Violin), Mark Zorz (Violin), Leah Hooper (Cello)

    Guitar:
    John Porter

  • [FELIX, HARRY ANGUS]

    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 trumpets 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 book
    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 like mythology
    And I must admit she felt so alive

    Chorus

    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 trumpet’s call’
    It’s not exactly love it’s to adore

    Chorus

    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)

  • [HARRY ANGUS]
    Something
    Something kissed my lips
    Something
    Something brushed my fingertips
    The north binds battle
    In the car park
    And the darkness
    Is 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 clambered out the window in the darkness

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

    It’s the empire that be rising 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

    String Section:
    Su-Ying Aw (Viola), Robert John (Violin), Mark Zorz (Violin), Leah Hooper (Cello)

  • 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

    Now close your eyes and stare
    The ground they’re on is bare
    But once it was as deep
    And wild as giants’ dreams
    It’s no longer there

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

    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 haze?
    Softly close your door
    Pretend the world was saved
    And wait for heaven’s call?

    Or would you turn and face the sea
    And calm decide you care?
    There’s chance but if you dare
    And swift as honour’s steeds
    Before it’s no longer there

    Here it goes again …

    Chorus

    To deny or to despair
    They’re really just the same
    And everything between
    It means we have to change
    Cos when a one forgets
    Their world begins to fade
    And all the shapes and shades
    That made their colours see
    Well they suddenly turn grey
    Then they’re no longer there

    String Section:
    Su-Ying Aw (Viola), Robert John (Violin), Mark Zorz (Violin), Leah Hooper (Cello)

    Slide Guitar:
    John Porter

  • [HARRY ANGUS]

    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

    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

    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
    This is what he says

    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

    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)

    String Section:
    Su-Ying Aw (Viola), Robert John (Violin), Mark Zorz (Violin), Leah Hooper (Cello)

  • [FELIX]

    I climb the ladder of those black and white keys
    They take me out and into places some are real and some 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 dreams 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 night revealed her face
    To be poor by lack of money but by god be rich in prize
    I found my youth’s 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

  • The bus drives over on a mellow scene
    We’ve done 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 wondering
    The next night happen 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 off 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 drives yonder in the morning light
    Look out of the window baby what a sight we say
    Well hey hey hey
    I know 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 alight that’s Romina she’s dancing on the speakers
    And speaking of moving Ruben’s place’s started jumping with all the Campisis

    Chorus

    Thursday it 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 we was young and blessed
    Bridge
    Chorus
    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)

  • [FELIX]
    No mountain can see
    But sometimes a mountain can sing
    Or hum at least I 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 anymore
    Alone with you
    And though my point of view seems sad
    I believe it’s not so bad
    Alone with you
    Bridge
    Chorus
    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)
    String Section:
    Su-Ying Aw (Viola), Robert John (Violin), Mark Zorz (Violin), Leah Hooper (Cello)

  • [FELIX]
    It’s like the sound of St Petersburg bells banging in my head
    The night train rattle 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’s got me thinking about soul in a whole new way
    Hey Hey I need some strong coffee
    My Maria you got me thinking in a whole new way
    When I looked 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 could 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’
    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)

  • [HARRY ANGUS]

    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 ghosts 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 deceived

    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

    He was a voodoo cowboy
    And he had finally found a girl to call his own
    On and on and on
    Lucky lucky cowboy
    Because cowboys almost always
    Cowboys almost always die alone

  • [FELIX RIEBL, HARRY ANGUS, RYAN MONRO, WILL HULL-BROWN, OLLIE MCGILL, JAMSHID KHADIWALA]

    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 blue fish swim in the shade
    I’ve imagined skies in reverse and heard stormy mountains collide
    And I was there by the shore on the night when the stars all married the tide

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

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

    And now we’ve journeyed through the world as if our dreams were an ocean to wade
    Underwater kites they glide like a friendship set on a wave

    Bridge
    Chorus

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

    Chorus

    The Empire Horns:
    Ross Irwin (Trumpet), Kieran Conrau (Trombone)

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