The Cat Empire
Music

Steal The Light

Released: 17/05/2015

STEAL THE LIGHT, THE CAT EMPIRE’s latest album is the bands first fully independent worldwide release. It comes after more than ten years together, which has seen the six-piece traverse the musical landscape to forge a signature sound which is all their own.

“In many ways this record is a return to our original aesthetic, a very simple thing; that the music is for dancing and feeling good; and that the beat of the record belongs to all nations. It should make people smile, make people dance. That’s all we want.” says trumpeter Harry Angus.

The Special Edition features an embossed slip case, and a large format poster of the album art (by Graeme Base). The poster lists and thanks the over 37 000 fans who joined the bands official mailing list between the inception of the band and Feb 2013. Find your own name and highlight it! There will also be random GOLDEN TICKETS in special editions purchased via our website. If you find a golden ticket in your cd case, you will win two free tickets to a show next time we are in a city near you.

Tracklist & Lyrics

  • Four steps in the morning
    Two steps in the day
    Three steps in the evening then
    The darkness is ablaze and all the
    Angels, Sikhs, and Soldiers
    Come step to the parade

    Run out like a cheetah
    Monkey’s in the blood
    What a piece of work is man
    Who screams the name of love, but all his
    Brothers, Cousins, Sisters, and Others
    Hear is fuzz

    All night awake
    In the moonlight I’m with you
    In the moonlight I’m with you brighter than gold

    Born on the horizon
    Beaming through the sky
    Some have seen what none can dream
    But light calls it a lie and all the
    Sinners, saints, and winners
    Just wink and walk on by

    But Brando’s in the forest
    And Nancy’s in the flood
    The black swan makes a pirouette
    The gods cry from above, and all the
    Rain keeps falling
    On bare feet in the mud

    All night awake
    In the moonlight I’m with you
    In the moonlight I’m with you brighter than gold

    Come northern lights of Norway
    Come sunrise to the east
    Come wicked witches in the west
    We’re southbound with the beat and all the
    Lions, Brides, and Preachers
    Come down into the street

    All night awake
    In the moonlight I’m with you
    In the moonlight I’m with you brighter than gold…

  • You saw the carnival in Rio
    You saw them dancing in the sun
    But listen to your corazon
    Can you believe you’re always on your own?

    You’re like a song without a singer
    You’re like a bird without a song
    You’re all alone, all alone
    And you’re walking down a long and dusty road

    All you tricksters and hipsters and prophets in the sky….
    Can you imagine
    A love like that?
    A love like that

    This love is older than your father
    This love is younger than your son
    You feel it in your corazon
    And it will be here when everything is gone

    And as the night turns into morning
    When the fire burns to coal
    She whispers in your corazon
    Now you know, now you know now you know

    All you tricksters and hipsters and prophets in the sky…
    Can you imagine
    A love like that?
    A love like that

    You’re lost in the crowd but I know that I’ll find you
    The song doesn’t lie
    Under the arches of some ancient street
    Between the shadow and the light
    I know that pair of eyes

    And with the summer comes the madness
    All your faces in the night
    We light our fires on the lawn
    And build a temple to save us from the dawn

    You can’t have everybody love you
    You can’t have sunshine every day
    You see her dancing there alone
    Then you know, then you know, then you know

    All you tricksters and hipsters and prophets in the sky…
    Can you imagine
    A love like that?
    A love like that

  • Sing now muse I won’t be scared
    She’s wearing flowers not snakes up in her hair tonight
    And love we’ve been around before
    We washed up on the old shore but it’s new tonight

    ‘It’s only light’ she said
    ‘But we are liars to be free’
    Ooh ooh ooh we’ll steal the light to see

    The hour falls we fall to dance
    Now sirens and the marching bands sing ‘it’s nothing but chance tonight’
    The billion ones and many few
    And everyone I never new they’re here tonight

    ‘It’s only light’ we said
    But we are liars to be free
    Ooh ooh ooh we’ll steal the light to see

    What if I’m lonely?
    What if the skies should fall and disappear?
    For one night only
    Open your eyes and run into the clear
    So if I may, what if I say
    ‘It’s good to have you here!’

    She said ‘If you lead I’ll come along
    And if you need me there I’ll sing your song tonight
    And all that glows and all that shines
    And all we leave behind will keep them warm tonight

    ‘It’s only light’ I said
    But we are liars to be free
    Ooh ooh ooh we’ll steal the light to see

    What if I’m lonely?
    What if the skies should fall and disappear?
    For one night only
    Open your eyes and run into the clear
    I love you only
    Until the skies fall down and disappear
    So if I may, what if I say
    ‘It’s good to have you here!’

    Oh oh oh…

  • All they tell me is hope
    All they tell me is lies
    I can’t hide so I run
    Across the globe like a spy
    But the sun makes a hole
    Burning right through the sky
    All my feelings are bold
    And my thoughts are alive
    I would follow you there
    Through these thoughts to the sun
    Through the black in my eye
    As if ‘I’ was the one
    Is it me who is lead?
    Or unsaid do I lead
    With these drums to the ends of all streets?

    Am I wrong, Mother Theresa?
    It’s been so long, but I want to believe you

    If a thought was a bomb
    That was tripped by desire
    We could light up these halls
    We could dance through the fire
    On an ocean of dreams
    In devotion of cause
    In emotion of fears
    In a notion that roars out
    I love you, I love you,
    I love you, I love you
    But I need you to cry
    Or I need you to do something
    Magic like sing
    As if holding to life
    Or I need you to fall and to fall and to fly

    Am I wrong, Mother Theresa?
    It’s been so long, but I want to believe you
    Am I wrong, Mother Theresa?
    It’s been so long, but I want to believe you

    Am I wrong?
    Am I wrong?
    Am I wrong?

    You called me last night
    You said ‘Please stay inside’
    But I was deep in the storm
    I was deep in the riot
    On the rise of a falling
    Horizon I cried
    ‘Is it wrong to be born and defy?

    Am I wrong, Mother Theresa?
    It’s been so long, but I want to believe you
    Am I wrong, Mother Theresa?
    It’s been so long, but I want to believe you

  • If you beat on the rock you can hear the world ring
    Wake up in the morning you don’t feel a thing
    Shadows gathering over your head
    And it’s just like the preacher man said
    He said we were born to run through the grass
    Why are you living your life behind bars
    Why are you living your life in the past
    Give yourself a reason to sing

    That you were free born you’re free born
    You’re free born you’re free

    Don’t let them kill the wild animals inside of you

    It’s like in the movies when the rain comes down
    And you take of your clothes and you scream at the clouds
    Can you remember the moment of birth
    When you slipped out onto the earth
    You’re a man you’re a woman you’re not some machine
    Why do you always stare at the screen
    Why do you always bow your head down
    I know you used to be proud

    When you were free born you’re free born
    You’re free born you’re free

    Don’t let them kill the wild animals inside of you

    Look out the tiny window frame that sits behind your desk
    Past the big computer screen and the jars of fountain pens
    What are you doing in this prison with your psychopathic boss
    With your brokenhearted mornings and your backstabbing friends

    You were free born you’re free born
    You’re free born you’re free

    Don’t let them kill the wild animals inside of you

  • First I saw you standing there
    Eyes so wild beneath your hair
    Coat worn blacker than the sun
    Shook your head like Strummer strummed
    We stood like soldiers in a line
    Heard the bells of midnight chime
    We turned grey walls to fields of green
    The only fate that we could scream was

    While you’re still young
    Find your heart and find your song
    Now where have you gone?

    No matter where you’re going
    And no matter where you’ve been
    You never needed anybody else’s call now
    I never met a one like you, never met a one like you
    Never met a one like you, don’t bring me down

    There’s a dream that haunts my nights
    Of wild black horses out in flight
    The kind of free I’d never been
    A kind of beast I’d never seen
    Why do all things end in pain?
    I call the ghosts and ask their names
    Is that love you’re running from?
    If you lead then I will come

    And while you’re still young
    Find your heart and find your song
    Now where have you gone?

    No matter where you’re going
    And no matter where you’ve been
    You never needed anybody else’s call now
    I never met a one like you, never met a one like you
    Never met a one like you, don’t bring me down

    Basta de cuentos (enough fables/lies) Basta de cuentos
    Es tiempo de lo nuestro (It’s time of what is ours) Es-Tiempo de lo nuestro
    Tengo tu alma (I’ve got your soul) Tengo tu alma
    Bien metida adentro (embedded in me) Bien metitha-adentro

    While you’re still young
    Find your heart and find your song
    While you’re still young
    Find your heart and find your song
    While you’re still young
    Find your heart and find your song
    Now where have you gone?
    Oh oh oh . . .

    No matter where you’re going
    And no matter where you’ve been
    You never needed anybody else’s call now
    I never met a one like you, never met a one like you
    Never met a one like you, don’t bring me down

  • I know my way, I know my star
    Marina mas allá
    No one fears who we are
    Marina ven para acá
    Always near, always far
    El cielo alcanzarás
    Know my way know my star
    Es vida lo que das

    No me digas lo que és
    Lo que viene mas allá
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
    La Marina va pa’ allá
    Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
    La Marina de Bahia

    Ooh Marina, Ooh my love, Ooh Marina,
    My heart is beating like a drum, my heart is beating like a drum,
    My heart is beating like a drum, my heart is beating like a drum

  • While the traffic hums
    When the madness comes
    As the wire buzzes
    While the weary run
    Like a flower that reaches out its fingers to the rain
    Like a bird that flies above the gutters and the graves

    Open up your face
    Open up your face
    And move without a trace
    You move without a trace

    And the water’s fine
    As we drift away
    Every single night
    Every single day
    Like a human cannonball who hears the match strike flame
    Like a prisoner listening to the rumble of the train

    Open up your face
    Open up your face
    And move without a trace
    You move without a trace

    Then I’ll know you want me, I want you
    You want me, I want you
    You want me, I want you…

    And it’s coming down
    Tropical the rain
    All the neighbours running out
    On the street again
    Like a cool wind blowing through desert after noon
    Like the priest who kneels before his Mary in the gloom

    Open up your face
    Open up your face
    And move without a trace
    You move without a trace

    Then I’ll know you want me, I want
    You want me, I want you
    You want me, I want you…

  • Now take a look at what you see
    Do a little walking in your sleep
    All around the garden shoots of green
    All around the world are human beings they’re crying out
    Living in a dream
    Some of them are nightmares, some of them sweet
    Every now and then someone starts to sing
    Every now and then but you’re just standing there and

    Staring at some message on your omnipresent phone
    You’re so goddam materialistic, man you’ve got to let it go

    Now I don’t know what you’ve been told
    Every little goldfish is not gold
    Every little viper’s not your friend
    And a million dollars is not how this story ends
    Doesn’t mean a thing
    Catch it on the wind, throw it to the sea
    There’s a lot of old gods in the deep
    Maybe you could see them if you weren’t just standing

    Staring at some message on your omnipresent phone
    You’re so goddam materialistic, man you’ve got to let it go

    There’s going to be a thunder in the hills
    There’s going to be a red moon in the sky
    People never do what they’ve been told
    You’re going to have to hold your loved ones to you through the night
    Underneath the sky
    Turning out the lights
    Everybody comes in by the fire
    Dance the night away
    She looks into your eyes and are you standing there just

    Staring at some message on you’re omnipresent phone
    You’re so goddam materialistic, man you’ve got to let it go

  • Sleep won’t sleep her eyes won’t fall
    Desire’s going to carry me down to the shore

    All night on the other side
    I’ll be with you on the other side

    Cos Dead they dance their songs can sing
    And purple flowers grow where they’ve been

    All night on the other side
    I’ll be with you on the other side

    Endlessly come and dance with me
    In the dark I see, a vision of you

    I’m going down where they play all night
    Where the ghosts show the living how their shadows are so bright

    All night on the other side
    I’ll be with you on the other side

    Recklessly come and dance with me
    In the dark I see, a moment of you, only you

    Endlessly come and dance with me
    In the dark I see, a moment of you, only you

    Waves keep crashing on the Malacon
    The son keeps playing and we’re rolling on and …

    All night on the other side
    I’ll be with you on the other side

    Sleep won’t sleep her eyes won’t fall
    Desire’s going to carry me down to the shore

    All night on the other side
    I’ll be with you on the other side

  • Went to the river but the river was dry
    Saw a little bird there caught my eye
    Keep on running where are you going
    I’ll tell you something I think’s worth knowing
    Cities come and cities go
    Time can move fast and time can move slow
    You’ve only got two arms on your shoulders
    Don’t throw your hands up only to cry

    Don’t throw
    Don’t throw
    Don’t throw your hands up only to cry

    I went to the mountain what did I see?
    A white beard man with a colour TV
    He said can you believe these kids today
    Half of them are murderers and half of them pray
    For what, for what I can’t reply
    You sit and you stare and it passes you by
    All the rivers, the mountains, the perilous sea
    Old man old man now listen to me

    Don’t throw
    Don’t throw
    Don’t throw your hands up only to cry

    Why not live life a little bit harder
    You sons don’t mind the sins of your fathers
    Now they’re all dancing up in the sky now
    Why not live life a little bit
    Don’t throw your hands up only to cry

  • Ever since I was 16
    I wished that spring would come to me
    And I wished that I could dance up on the isles
    Sweat rivers on a stage of steam
    I let my thoughts begin to dream
    I held my breath and ran into the wild

    And each night a horizon grew
    In all of us or just a few
    Til morning’s gold would make it disappear
    Yet somewhere in my treasured chest
    Is not forgot what must forget
    But that’s a feeling for another year

    And movement has a way like words
    You’re there before the rhyme is heard
    And all that one can do is shape the ride
    The miles of a forgotten dream
    Are yours my love it’s where we’ve been
    And maybe one day soon we will arrive

    Playing all night loud
    Playing all night loud
    Sing it all night with me
    All night loud

    And we went on a whirlwind trip
    The nights unwound the records flipped
    And stillness came like chaos in the lights
    And voices like devotion flew
    Across the sea from me to you
    In music that I still cannot describe

    And there were ugly times it’s true
    Some from me and some from you
    And devils have a way of digging down
    But a friend is not a friend for life
    Unless your life is worth the strife
    So hold on we’ll be alright

    Playing all night loud
    Playing all night loud
    Sing it all night with me
    All night loud

    There’s a speech that I know well
    Was told by Henry V I’ll tell
    A version that relates to us not war
    ‘He who sheds his sweat with me
    Will be my friend eternally
    From this day to the ending of the world!’

    No matter if we’re young or old
    Or in the sun or in the cold
    I hope I can remember your bright eyes
    Cos I know you and you know me
    At least somehow mysteriously
    So thank you my dear friends and that’s goodnight

    I’m much obliged
    I’m much obliged
    So thank you my dear friends and that’s goodnight

    I’m much obliged
    I’m much obliged
    So thank you my dear friends and that’s good night

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