"Caterpillars" as written by and Nicholas Edward Thomas....
There's pixies tuggin' at your hair
There's pixies tuggin' at your hair
Your hair

Your picture in my hand
I am at the mercy of your photograph
The halo above your head
Has set ablaze the heavens my angel
It's 3 AM and I am sneakin' out your back door
A goodnight kiss and I am stumblin' to my car

And I never thought
I'd feel this safe again
In a million years
And lyin' next to you,
And hopin' that it's true
And with you I'm truly in my element,
My element with you
And with you I'm truly in my element,
My element with you

And I'm tossin' and turnin'
The candle light's burnin'
And this is all we need,
And this is all we need
And I'm tossin' and turnin'
The candle light's burnin'
This is all we need,
This is all we need tonight, yeah yeah
Tonight, yeah yeah

And I can almost taste the water
As it's runnin' down my chin
And I can almost taste the water
As it's runnin' down my chin


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"Caterpillars" as written by Nicholas Edward Thomas Nicholas Thomas

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    General CommentFirst of all, the acoustic version was on the CD Go For The Jugular which was released in 02 before Sunsets and Car Crashes.
    The one on Sunsets is including a full band, but at the time Sunsets was recorded Nick was still the only "official" person in the band. One Fell Swoop was the first cd they recorded as an actual band, with Nick, Dan, Joe, and former bassist Scott. Now Landon is with them.

    Anyways, this is a song about young love, how he is in love with her, and he hopes its true love and not just a fling. He feels that he is only truly himself when he is with her. And he feels that laying in bed with her is all he needs, she is the only necessity in life.

    My guess on the water line that nobody really seems to have an answer for...
    Nick almost always has metaphors in his song, this probably is a metaphor...my guess is he is comparing love to water...water is tasteless (unless you count flavored water, but bear with me), so its impossible to taste water, right? Well, he feels that love is like water, impossible to taste...but he feels as if he is on the verge of being able to taste it as its standing there right before him. Make sense?
    eric_is_cool21on August 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow can no one have posted on Caterpillars yet!? I personally like the acoustic version that was on the website before the cd was released. This one is good too. I dig the element line. Seriously, what girl wouldn't give the big o face for that one?
    sassafrassaon November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's such a pretty song.
    i've only heard acoustic versions of all their songs...
    RuthLesson December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my FAV spill canvas song. I love it to pieces, i've never heard the acoustic version but the normal version is amazing.
    ahh, love it!!!
    spill_goo_goo_on June 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentisn't all their music like acoustic.. ?

    and anyway, um, i don't know waht this song is about. but it's my favorite song by the spill canvas.. um, something about this guy is going out with a girl. and that's kind of all i figured out. i'd appreciate if someone posted what it was actually about, because so far every spill canvas song has a huge twist behind it, as to what it was really about.
    nazzy06on August 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentisn't all their music like acoustic.. ?

    and anyway, um, i don't know waht this song is about. but it's my favorite song by the spill canvas.. um, something about this guy is going out with a girl. and that's kind of all i figured out. i'd appreciate if someone posted what it was actually about, because so far every spill canvas song has a huge twist behind it, as to what it was really about.
    nazzy06on August 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthaha at some of the comments on here.

    this one's obvious. it's a love song, and a beautiful one at that.

    "And I never thought I'd feel this safe again
    in a million years
    And lying next to you, and hoping that it's true"

    i can relate. i love it so much.
    maebyon September 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd I never thought I'd feel this safe again
    in a million years
    And lying next to you, and hoping that it's true

    thats not in the song, atleast not in the one im listening to, it just goes straight to and with you
    Lcbskyhawks0708on October 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd with you I’m truly in my element, my element with you

    thats exactly how I feel when im with him. man i am in love with spill canvas
    contrastncompareon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentONe of my favorites off the first cd.
    lets hear it for people who knew about the spill canvas before "one fell swoop" was even a thought.

    woot woot.
    krensberryon April 15, 2006   Link

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