"Catapult" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Ooh we were little boys
Ooh we were little girls
It's nine o'clock don't try to turn it off
Cowered in a hole opie mouth. Question,
Did we miss anything? Did we miss anything?
Did we miss anything? Did we miss anything?
Catapult, catapult, catapult, catapult.

Ooh we were little boys
Ooh we were little girls
It's nine o'clock don't try to turn it off
Cowered in a hole opie mouth.
We in step in hand your mother remembers this.
Hear the howl of the rope, a question:
Did we miss anything? Did we miss anything?
Did we miss anything? Did we miss anything?
Catapult, catapult, catapult, catapult.

March could be darker.
March could be darker.
Catapult, catapult, catapult, catapult.

Ooh we were little boys
Ooh we were little girls
It's nine o'clock don't try to turn it off
Cowered in a hole opie mouth.
We in step in hand your mother remembers this.
Hear the howl of the rope, a question:
Did we miss anything? Did we miss anything?
Did we miss anything? Did we miss anything?
Catapult, catapult, catapult, catapult.


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"Catapult" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General CommentI love this song.
    I never really pretended to understand what it was about, it just was a cool song off the album.
    I actually liked it better than "radio Free Europe".
    Major Valoron August 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe acoustic guitar hook in the chorus is so great
    youeatpoopon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about him watching and being obsessed with TV shows as a kid--specifically the Andy Griffith Show (hence the Opie reference). The kids are being punished for staying up late to watch TV but do it anyway.
    dontkillwhiteyon May 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think he's saying "open your mouth," not "opie mouth" - makes much more sense.
    trapezeswingon August 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are close but even though they are all over the internet they are not quite accurate. (Not that anyone can really what they were saying clearly in the early albums.
    I am not sure it's Opie either. I think he says 'Cowered in our hole...Hungry or Henry mouthed a question' and the second sentence in the bridge I am pretty sure is 'March could get darker'.

    I think the meaning of this song is a little dark. It's about kids getting punished for some reason and hiding from their parents because the beatings are coming. Hear the howl of the rope as it hits your fanny. They can't understand why they were getting beaten which is why they are asking if they missed anything. The beatings could get worse in March. Did I miss anything? Did I I miss anything?
    REMFIELDon October 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!!
    I never thought I would like them so much! They are awsome
    Zwinky1on April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm hearin' "When we were little boys/..." not "Oooo we were little boys"; it's pretty clear on the second line of the verse too
    fudgyon March 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIf I had to guess, I'd say this song most likely is not about kids worrying about getting a spanking but rather about the fear of a possible nuclear war. "Ooh, we were little boys/girls," "cowered in a hole" and the refrain of "Did we miss anything?" could all refer to the civil defense air raid drills that children and families of the 1950s did, and "catapult" could be meant to link the medieval version of 'death from above' with the modern version. "We in step in hand" could be about how children learned in school to line up in an orderly way for fire drills or other emergencies, and "your mother remembers this" could also refer either to that or to similar drills during World War 2 a generation before. "Hear the howl of the rope" could refer to the sound of the mechanism of a catapult as it's drawn back or released, and perhaps thus to the sound of missiles overhead in the modern version.

    In this context, "Did we miss anything?" could have a double meaning: the worried parents in the bomb shelter wondering if they remembered all their precautions, but also the more existential question of "Was there anything we could have done to prevent this impending apocalypse from coming to pass?" From the perspective of a late baby boomer or early Gen-Xer facing a bewildering world in the early '80s, when this song was written, putting those uneasy feelings about the unknown and uncontrollable into a song doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.

    Not sure what "It's 9 o'clock, don't try to turn it off" might refer to: perhaps a radio, a light switch, a TV broadcast. Perhaps none of the above. As for the other stuff, I'm not claiming to know any of it definitively; it's just the best I could do to make sense of a somewhat murky, "murmur"ing song that really got my attention way back when it was released. I still remember where I was when I heard it the first time, and how new it sounded, especially compared to the crap that was almost ubiquitous on radio at the time.
    jbh123on January 22, 2013   Link
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    General CommentCorrection.

    The song references slingshots ("hand catapults") and TV. There's no "darker March." It goes

    BUSH
    Could be target
    BARN
    Could be target

    Catapult . . .

    Because the image is boys shooting at stuff with slingshots.
    nergalon April 07, 2013   Link

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